Dogo Argentino

Other names: Dogo Argentino, Argentine Dogo

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The Dogo Argentino is a large dog, which has a balanced and harmonious appearance. Powerfully muscular, he is a massive mastiff type Molossoid without being heavy. The Argentine Mastiff, also called Dogo, has been a very popular dog in France since its importation in the 1970s. A hunting dog, it is above all a great life companion for families. He is gentle, affectionate, requires tenderness and presence. He is faithful, loyal, and above all little barker. He is an excellent protection dog. In addition, he does not require any particular maintenance, except to be often by his side, because he does not support loneliness.



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Hair type Short
Origin Argentina
Template Giant
Head shape Square
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 40 kg to 43 kg From 60 cm to 65 cm
Male From 40 kg to 45 kg From 60 cm to 68 cm
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History of the breed

The Dogo Argentino comes straight from the region of Cordoba, Argentina. It is thanks to Dr Antonio Nores Martinez that this breed of dog was born. He was a surgeon in the first half of the 20th century.

He decided to cross an old fighting dog from Cordoba ( perro de pelea cordobès ) himself from a cross between Mastiffs, Bulldogs and Bull Terriers. The dogs used for breeding were all completely white. This drastic and precise selection allowed the doctor to create different lines. Thus, the Cordoba fighting dog was itself crossed with a German Mastiff to sublimate the head, a Dogue de Bordeaux, a Pointer and a Boxer.

The Argentinian Mastiff standard was established in 1928. At first it was used as a fighting dog. The doctor was convinced that it could be used during hunting parties. So in 1947 he took his best cock to the Buenos Aires Hunters Club for a demonstration. A fine sense of smell, impressive muscles and very good endurance convinced the most skeptics.

It arrived in Europe in the 1970s, first in Italy and then in France, where it became very popular. The Fédération Cynologique Internationale recognized the breed on July 31, 1973.

Dogo Argentino Pictures

Photo of Polina, Dogo ArgentinoPhoto by haly, Dogo ArgentinoPhoto of Sirrius, Dogo ArgentinoPhoto of Loki, Dogo ArgentinoPhoto of Surya, Dogo ArgentinoPhoto of Cirka, Dogo Argentino

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Physical features

His hair : short and smooth.
Its color : entirely white with sometimes a few black spots around the eye.
Its head : it has a convex shaped skull, with jaws with extremely developed muscles, which gives it a powerful bite.
His ears : high and drooping, they were once cut off, which is now prohibited.
His eyes : dark, they oscillate between very dark black and hazelnut brown. They are wide apart and almond shaped.
His body : massive and powerfully muscular, but harmonious.
Its tail : long, it falls to the hock: it becomes thinner as you approach its end.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The fruit of careful crossbreeding, the Argentinian Mastiff is endowed with an extremely rare psychological balance. He’s very smart. He is very faithful and loyal to his master whom he will defend from all possible dangers. He is calm and not very barking . It is perfect for a family with children , if it was used to being around them in his youth. It will thus be a perfect playmate . He is courageous, pugnacious and will always be on the alert .

Thus, he is excellent in the role of protective dog . He is endearing and needs tenderness and attention to be fulfilled. What’s more, he appreciates the presence of other animals. He tends to want to dominate his fellows. Be careful, his imposing physique and the power of his bite can make him a dangerous dog if placed in the wrong hands. It is an excellent guard and defense dog .

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Perfectly adapted to family life , the Argentinian Mastiff needs a careful and strict education . He easily complies with the rules that are imposed on him. They must be coherent and instilled with firmness, but not brutality. It is not recommended to stimulate his aggressiveness. On the contrary, you have to curb your enthusiasm. He may be more distant with strangers . As long as it has been socialized from an early age, it cohabits more easily with other animals.

Puppies tend to be shy when they arrive in their new family. It is important to make him social as soon as possible, especially with children . He must learn to play with them and feel their presence. The Dogo is a mastiff and, as such, he can be stubborn .

He must feel completely safe in order to follow his master’s orders to the letter. Getting help from a professional in dog clubs can be a great idea in order not to make mistakes and to ensure the good training of a dog who likes to learn as long as it is lovingly educated .

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Dogo Argentino adapts very easily to its environment , but it cannot live in an urban environment without a large garden and very frequent outings. He supports loneliness if he has been used to it, even if it is contrary to his temperament. He needs a lot of physical activity. He lives as calmly in a house as he does outside, except in the winter in very cold and snowy weather when he needs shelter. Apartment living is not necessarily recommended, unless it can be taken out several times a day.


Ease of gaining weight

The Argentine Mastiff is a rustic dog, rigorously selected and which is the subject of numerous crosses to avoid inbreeding . The puppy should be watched carefully until adulthood to prevent possible developmental problems . Adapted to harsh conditions, robust and blessed with excellent genetic diversity , this breed presents few health problems.

As in other breeds of dogs, the white color is due to a gene responsible for a predisposition to deafness, neither rare nor frequent, normally detected from the age of 3 months (check with the breeder). Finally, because of a fairly fine hair, exposure to too long a scorching sun can cause it to heat up.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 6 and 8 puppies

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Gastric torsion
Minor concerns
Laryngeal palsy

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets advises you to take out Dogo Argentino dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of an Argentinian Mastiff is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

Its maintenance is very easy . It is an outdoor dog that has few needs, apart from a demanding food intake during growth. His energetic and playful temperament is then coupled with an exceptional muscular development.

Weekly brushing may be sufficient, possibly with a bath every 4-6 months . The length of the coat may vary depending on the climate. In temperate zones, it is longer, with a possible undercoat which requires more frequent brushing.

His eyes and ears should be checked often to make sure there is no trace of dirt or any infection. Her teeth need to be brushed regularly to eliminate tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. If they don’t wear out naturally, her fingernails need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian.

Price and budget

Purchase price

800 €
1400 €

The purchase price of an Argentinian Mastiff is between € 800 and € 1,400.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 1,750
€ 1,800

The annual maintenance cost of an Argentinian Mastiff is between € 1,750 and € 1,800.

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The diet of the Dogo Argentino should be carefully monitored, especially at the beginning of his life. He grows quickly and must have a diet adapted to his morphological change. Indeed, a bad diet has repercussions on the dogo’s articular or muscular problems. Croquettes specially adapted to the weight of the Dogo can be found in specialized stores. Do not hesitate to ask for advice on the rations to give him.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

Even if the Dogo’s physical activity must be controlled, especially at the beginning of his life, he is nonetheless an active and sporty dog . He enjoys long walks in the company of his master, but also accompanying him in his joggers . This breed of dog needs a lot of exercise and mental stimulation , especially to keep them from getting bored and developing destructive behavior.

Famous Argentinian Mastiff dogs

Bombon : this is the name of the four-legged character in the film Bombon the dog , directed by Carlos Sorin and released in 2004. The dog, played by the Argentine Mastiff Gregorio , was given to Juan by a young woman to thank him for helping it out on the road. The man becomes a dog exhibitor.


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 2: Pinscher and Schnauzer – Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs and other breeds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1973


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