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Dogo Argentino



The Dogo Argentino is large and athletic, yet elegant and balanced, and has an instantly recognizeable head and short, white coat. As the name and appearance suggests, this dog originated in Argentina, and was originally bred to hunt wild boars and other dangerous game. This dog's head is strong and large, though so is the rest of its body — but again, blessed with explosive energy and agility, the Dogo is no lumberer. They also have excellent noses, which serves to track prey.

Sadly, this dog's association with fighting and criminal activity coupled with public fear has led to it being banned in several countries.

Dogo Argentinos are a large breed, weighing 88-100 pounds, stand 24-26.5 inches tall, with females slightly shorter and lighter. Their life span can be 9-15 years, and they do not suffer from as many health issues as other large breeds. While overall quite healthy, they do carry some deafness, and BAER testing is advised. Their short, distinctive white coat  does not require much grooming, nor do they shed a lot. They do require a lot of daily exercise, however: whether chasing a ball, retrieving, swimming, or hiking, these are dogs who need to be active. 

Breed Notes: Friendly, Cheerful, Humble

Famous Dogo Argentino: in 2008, a dog namd Morocho heroically saved two young girls from a puma, possibly saving their lives. He was seriously hurt, but nursed back to health and naturally treated like a hero after the incident.

Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.

Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.

The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.


Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Mammalia
Order - Carnivora
Family - Canidae
Genus - Canis
Species - Canis Lupus
Subspecies - Canis Lupus Familiaris
Breed - Dogo Argentino


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