|Country of origin
|Classification and breed standards
|Not recognized by any major kennel club
|This breed of dog is
The Argentine Dogo (Dogo Argentino in
Spanish; also known as the Argentinian
is a large, white, muscular
dog that was
Argentina for big
The Argentine Dogo is a large, white, short-coated dog with a smooth,
muscular body, displaying both power and athletic ability. The length of body is
just slightly longer than tall, but bitches may be
somewhat longer in body than dogs. The length of the front leg (measured from
point of elbow to the ground) is approximately equal to one-half of the dog's
height at the
withers. The head is powerful with a broad, slightly domed skull and a
that is slightly higher at the nose than the stop, when viewed in profile. Ears
may be cropped, or hang naturally, close to the skull. The relatively short tail
is set low, thick at the base and tapers to a point. The Argentine Dogo should
be evaluated as a
dog, and exaggerations or faults should be penalized in proportion to how
much they interfere with the dog's ability to work.
In the 1920s in Argentina, Antonio Nores Martinez started breeding a dog
intended to not only be a pet and family guardian, but also a hunting dog
capable of taking on big game such as wild boar,peccary and even jaguars and
Martinez picked the
Cordoba Fighting Dog to be the base for the breed. The breed is extinct
today but was described as a large and ferocious dog that was both a great
hunter and fighter. It is believed that the Cordoba Fighting Dog was developed
Old English Bulldog, and early
Cordoba Fighting Dog bitches as the base, he then crossed :
He preferred white dogs for hunting as it could easily be seen during the
hunt. As a result,only harlequin Great Danes, white boxers, and white pointers
were used. Four Irish Wolfhounds were imported from the U.S, all of which were
descended from show champions. Great Pyrenees also had to be imported specimens.
Some Dogos appear with a black patch on the eye,this is due to Patched bull
terriers being used in breeding.
Martinez kept improving the breed via selective breeding to introduce the
traits that were desired. The first standard for the breed was written in
1928. This is the
only molosser breed whose ancestry is known properly.
Argentine Dogos are very accomplished hunters, and are widely used today,
mainly in South America. They are considered to be a working dog, not only for
hunting but also as a tracker, as a guard dog, and for general police work
detection. They are even occasionally used as a seeing-eye dog. In Latin
America,this is the most popular breed. In Cuba,this is the most popular breed.
Some Dogo Argentino's such as this pup have a black patch on the eye due to Bull
Terrier ancestry.Only a patch on the eye is allowed
Dogfighters have picked up on the dogs' capability as a fierce fighter. Dog
fighting is forbidden in Argentina as well as many other countries. Dogos can
have an aggressive temperament if not socialized at an early age, particularly
with another dog of the same sex. Argentine Dogos are banned in both Australia
and Great Britain. The dog is one of the four restricted species of dog
specifically mentioned in the United Kingdom's
Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
Carlos Sorín's 2005 film "Bombón (el Perro)" 2005, set in Patagonia, finds an unemployed man have his luck change after being given a dogo for a
good turn, and a fine specimen is shown at home and on exhibition.
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