The Argentine Dogo, also called Argentine Mastin or White Mastin, is a strong, athletic and elegant dog breed. They can be fierce hunters. They have a strong prey drive, a strong will and sometimes a fierce distrust of strangers and other animals.

They are often used to help with big game hunting such as wild boar, peccaries, cougars and red foxes, although they are also trained for police work, search and rescue, military work and as service dogs.

It is said that the creator of the Argentinean Dogo was the Argentine physician Antonio Nores Martinez and that among the breeds used in its creation are: Bull Terrier, Pyrenean Mastiff, Dogo de Burdeos, Pointer, Dalmatian, Bulldog, Boxer, etc.

Photos of the Argentine Dogo

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argentine dogo in the mountains

Breed

Hunters

Height

1Males measure 66 cm to 72 cm. Females from 60 cm to 65 cm

Weight

Males weigh from 45 kg to 55 kg. Females from 40 kg to 45 kg

Life Expectancy

9 to 15 years old

Argentine DogoArgentine DogoCharacteristics of the Argentine Dogo

The Argentine Mastin dog impresses with its robust and muscular build. Its skin is close to the body and its coat is short, totally white (although exceptionally it may have a dark spot in one of its eyes). It is a self-confident dog, with a serene gait. He reacts quickly to stimuli. In spite of its appearance, it is a friendly and affectionate dog.

  • Head: The head of this dog has no abrupt angles or marked indentations. Its skull is convex, due to the relief of the chewing muscles and the nape of the neck, and its face is rather concave. It has a solid skull, where a central groove protrudes slightly.
  • Neck: Medium length, strong, erect and muscular. Slightly convex at the top.
  • Facial region: The nose is characterized by wide nostrils. It is pigmented black and rises slightly forward, giving the termination to the concavity of the muzzle. Its muzzle is strong, slightly longer than high, well developed transversely. Its upper line is slightly concave, almost unique characteristic of the Argenine    Dogo breed. His lips are thick, short and taut. With free edges and preferably pigmented black. The jaw of these dogs is very strong. They have large, aligned and firmly set teeth. Their dental occlusion is pincer, and scissor bite is permissible.
  • Eyes : The eyes of the Argentine Dogo dogs are dark or hazel. Their eyelids have black pigmented rims. They are almond-shaped, with medium insertion and wide separation between them.
  • Ears : The ears are set high on the side and well separated by the width of the skull. Naturally they are of medium length, wide, thick, flat and rounded at the apex; however, it is a common practice to cut the ears of the specimens of this breed. In this case they are erect, triangular in shape and no longer than half the length of the front edge of the natural ear pinna.
  • Body: These dogs have a broad and high withers. Their back is muscular and broad, rising slightly to the loin, which is also strong and muscular. Their croup is of medium length, with developed musculature. His chest is broad and deep and his ribs are long and moderately arched, articulating with the sternum at the level of the elbow line. Its belly is tucked up above the lower line of the thorax, strong and with good muscular tension as well as the flanks.
  • Tail: The tail of this dog is medium set, thick and long, with a short coat, reaching down to the level of the hocks.
  • Limbs: Both shoulders and legs of the Argentine Dogo are strong and muscular. Its bones are strong and thick. Their toes are short, robust and well closed. Its pads are fleshy and hard, covered with thick, rough skin.
  • Coat: The coat of the Argentinean Dogo is short, smooth and soft. Its density and thickness vary depending on the climate. In tropical climates, for example, its coat is thinner and the regions are more visible. In colder climates, on the contrary, its coat becomes thicker and denser.

How to know if a Argentinean Dogo is pure?

To know if a Argentine Dogo is pure, it is necessary to pay attention to the characteristics described above. Any deviation from these can be considered a fault and the seriousness of the fault is considered in dependence of its degree of difference from the standard.

The following faults in the Argentine Dogo are considered serious indications of the lack of legitimacy of this breed:

  • Lack of osseomuscular development.
  • Poorly pigmented nose.
  • Hanging lips.
  • Small, weak or decayed teeth.
  • Incomplete dentition.
  • Excessively light eyes.
  • Barrel chest; keeled chest.
  • Flat ribs.
  • Excessive angulation of the hind limb.
  • Atypical gait types.
  • Appearance of small areas of hair coloration.
  • Nose without pigmentation.
  • Eyes of different color or light blue.
  • Long hair.
  • Spots on the body coat. More than one spot on the head.

Temperament

The temperament of the Argentine Dogo is cheerful and friendly. However, it is a dominant dog, which will be in permanent territorial competition with other dogs, especially males. It is a very effective, attentive and stealthy hunter. Its bravery and courage both in hunting and fighting is widely recognized. A well trained Argentine Dogo should not be violent or aggressive, unless provoked or threatened.

Adaptability

Argentine Dogos are large dogs so it is not suitable to breed them in small spaces such as apartments. Hunters at last they can be fierce, so they are not the appropriate breed as your pet if you are a novice in dealing with dogs. They do not like to be alone. At the same time they tolerate hot water better than cold.

Level of empathy

Despite their fierceness Dogos can be very affectionate with the family if treated with affection. However, caution should be exercised in their contact with children. They are also not friendly with other dogs and animals. They are good watchdogs and do not tolerate strangers loitering around.

Grooming and Health

Dogos Argentinos have a very short coat so they are not prone to shedding hair all over the place. They have strong jaws and a large mouth, so they drool moderately.

In general they are healthy dogs, although precautions should be taken for their good health, especially related to diet, as they are prone to gain weight.

How to train a Argentine Dogo Dog?

Dogos Argentinos are not particularly easy to train. They are intelligent dogs with a strong temperament. They are not prone to howling or barking. However, they are very effective in catching prey, as it is in the very genesis of the breed.

In the training of a dog it is necessary that he learns a group of basic rules of behavior. Below we list how to achieve several of them focused on the education of the Mastiff.

Do not use physical punishment or punish them. They are receptive dogs so you must insist on rewarding positive behaviors and ignoring inappropriate ones. Use constant but kind corrections, try to use more body language than verbal. Only on deserving occasions should you raise the tone of voice.

Training sessions should not exceed 20 minutes, as they can easily become bored. During this time, try to do different activities such as fetch and fetch an object. Also get him used to obey short and concrete commands such as “sit”, “stand”, etc. Make his training intense, with a heavy load of physical exercise.

Train him in open spaces, preferably parks or fields. When doing so, do not let him loose, especially if he is not yet well trained, because if he finds a prey he will act according to this instinct, pouncing on it. That is why it is recommended that you use a long leash and if you walk in the city a muzzle.

When training a Argentine Dogo to have a good relationship with all members of the family, especially with children, you should socialize him preferably from puppyhood, although it is not essential. Although it is a very patient dog, affectionate and suitable for children, we must not allow them to abuse their trust, we must not forget that they are strong dogs and ultimately hunters.

How to Feed a Mastiff or Argentine Dogo?

The type of food, as well as the amount you should feed your dog will be determined by several factors. Among these are: the age of the animal, its size and weight, the amount of physical exercise it is subjected to, as well as whether it suffers from any disease.

Taking these factors into account, in the case of the Argentinean Dogo the ideal frequency of feeding is as follows:

  • 2 to 4 months of life: 4 times daily
  • 5 to 12 months of life: 3 times a day
  • 13 months of life and older: 2 times a day

It is recommended that after thirteen months and for the rest of his life you feed him twice a day, some dogs tend to have stomach torsion, dividing his daily ration in two parts we will be avoiding this condition to a great extent.

If you decide to give him once a day all his ration just make sure that after eating he does not do any kind of exercise for two or three hours.

Good quality commercial preparations are the most practical and recommendable source to feed a Dogo. Among these, high-end dry feeds stand out, although they have the disadvantage of being more expensive.

Another option is BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food). This consists of providing the dog with a food composed mainly of raw meat and supplemented with pasta, rice and vegetables. Proponents of this type of food argue that the dog is ultimately a carnivore, which in its natural environment is forced to eat raw meat. By combining meat with other nutrients such as vegetables and grains, a diet of this type provides the animal with the nutrients necessary for its good development. However, this way of feeding entails certain risks, such as the possibility that the dog may have problems of obstruction or suffocation, as well as that they may suffer intoxication or diseases such as salmonellosis in the event that the quality of the meat is not optimal.

Homemade food for feeding a pug

Homemade food can be very effective if you know how to give it the right nutritional balance. Unlike BARF meals, these are based on cooked foods, which eliminates the risk of food poisoning or diseases associated with raw meat. This type of food usually consists of meats, vegetables, grains and fish. Another advantage it has is that it is cheaper, as it can be the result of your own recycled meals.

It is important that, if you opt for this type of food, you include in its preparation vitamins, calcium and other minerals, which serve as a nutritional supplement to your dog. For the appropriate doses consult your veterinarian, these will be given according to the weight and age of your dog.

Industrial dog food for the Argentine Dogo: kibbles

Industrial dog food such as kibble contains adequate nutrients for a good nutrition of your dog. With them, on the other hand, you will avoid the risk of intoxication of the animal by germs or bacteria. Another of its advantages is that it is a very practical food, since it is not necessary to elaborate them. In addition, they can be stored for long periods of time as long as they are stored in adequate humidity and hygienic conditions.

They have the disadvantage, however, that you cannot always know what they are made of, or the proportion of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, etc. that compose them. On the other hand, being a very dry food can make the animal thirsty, so you must make sure that it has plenty of water when it is eating.

Keep in mind that a dog of the size of the adult White Mastiff ingests a large amount of food. However, you should take care of their daily diet as they are prone to gain weight and this could be detrimental to their health.

What is the price of a Argentinean Dogo?

The price of a Argentine Dogo varies depending on the region or country and of course the place where you make the purchase: either in a specialized store or on sales websites such as mercado libre.

It also influences whether you are buying a puppy or an adult dog. Of course, other factors such as pedigree, vaccinations, etc. come into play.

In Europe a puppy costs around € 800 to € 1200 euros. In Latin America prices are lower. In Argentina, for example, you can find puppies for $15000 ARS (Argentine pesos), equivalent to a little more than $200 USD, while adults range around $45000 ARS (more than $600 USD).

In the United States you can buy a Argentine Dogo for $300, however, if you buy directly from an experienced breeder a pedigree dog can cost between $1000 and $3000.

How to choose a Argentine Dogo puppy?

When choosing a Argentine Dogo puppy you should take into account a number of considerations to make sure you get a healthy puppy:

Check that your puppy has bright eyes, healthy teeth, no swollen gums, which should be salmon colored.

Pay attention that there are no traces of feces around the anus, as this can be a sign of diarrhea.

The ribs should not be visible to the naked eye and the hip bones should not protrude, as this is a sign of poor feeding.

Also check his ears, make sure he has no concentrations of earwax.

Check his skin, especially on the underside of the belly, for pimples or excoriations that may indicate the presence of mites or other parasites.

Choose a puppy from the litter that is not too shy or withdrawn, that does not run away from your presence. These can be symptoms of inherited behavioral problems, which can have a negative impact on the dog’s socialization as an adult.

Black Argentine Dogo

According to experts, the authentic Argentine Dogo must be completely white. The only exception to this rule are those dogs that have a black or dark colored spot around one of their eyes, as long as it does not exceed 10% of their head. So when you are offered a Black Argentinean Dogo, it is probably a dog with a mixture of another breed.

How many puppies can a Argentine Dogo female give birth to?

The Argentine Dogo female can give birth to between 6 and 8 puppies in a litter. This number will depend on several factors, such as the health and age of the female, as well as the physical and fertility conditions of the male that has been selected as sire.

Their gestation period is between 57 days and 63 days.

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