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Dogo Argentino

Size: Large

Weight: 80 - 100 lbs.

Height: 24.5" - 27"

Life Span: 10 - 12 years

Health Problems: Hip dysplasia; deafness. Not suitable for city or apartment dwellers or inexperienced dog owners.

Origin: Argentina

Also Known As: Argentine Dogo, Argentine Fighting Dog, Argentinean Mastiff

Group: Guardian

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

The Dogo Argentino will need rigorous daily exercise.

Grooming Needs

The Dogo Argentino needs minimal grooming: occasional brushing and bathing.


Dogos Argentinos are a quiet, loyal, loving breed that was developed to be an aggressive hunter. These dogs will require early socialization and strict obedience training.

Compatibility with Kids

These dogs can do well with children if socialized early, in general, the breed is often wary of strangers and can be aggressive.


The Dogo Argentino was developed in the 1920s by Antonio Nores Martinez to be a gentle, loyal companion, as well as a big game hunter (jaguars, wild boars, etc.). The Cordoba Fighting Dog (now extinct), crossed with the Great Dane, Boxer, Spanish Mastiff, Pointer, Bull Terrier, and others, was the foundation for the breed.

Pet Facts

The Dogo Argentino is a large, muscular dog with a short, glassy all-white coat. Today, these dogs are found primarily in South American and Texas. Although it is a hunting dog, the breed is also used as guard dogs, police dogs (narcotics) and fighting dogs. Although this breed was developed as a pack hunter to discourage aggressiveness, these dogs are being bred for their ability to fight. Be sure to obtain yours from a reputable breeder to avoid potential problems.

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