History of the Dogo Argentino:
This breed of dogs arose thanks to an Argentine doctor named Antonio Nores Martínez at the beginning of the 20th century. What this man was looking for was the creation of a larger hunting dog (wild boars, pumas, etc.) that was capable of hunting in a pack, but that could also fight alone without problems. In turn, he needed this breed to be white in order to be able to easily distinguish it in the Argentine pampas.
The Dogo Argentino is one of the two breeds of Argentine dogs that still exist (the other is the Perro Pila Argentino). Several breeds were used for its creation, being the Cordovan Fighting Dog (now extinct) its main base, adding to this many known breeds such as the Spanish Mastiff, the Bull terrier, the Pyrenean Mastiff, the Spanish Alano, etc.
From these crosses arose the Araucana breed, white dogs that were excellent in dogfighting, but these began to be banned in almost everyone. The problem with these dogs was that they were not good for hunting, their smell was poor, they were very heavy and they also fought each other. It was then that Antonio Nores Martínez chose to cross them with the Pointer, thus obtaining a new breed that maintained his status as a great fighter, also adding a good sense of smell and good cooperation between them.
Breeds continued to be crossed for years, selecting the best specimens and training them to achieve an optimal breed standard. It was in 1947 that its breed standard was published, but it was only in 1964 when the official recognition of the FCA (Federacion Cinologica Argentina) arrived. And we had to wait even more, until 1973 to obtain international recognition.
It was defined by its creator himself as: "The best dog among all the prey dogs, and the most prey among all the dogs in the world." To this day it enjoys a certain popularity, although in some countries it is considered a potentially dangerous dog.
Character of the Dogo Argentino:
This breed that was created for him work, shows an enviable character, being an intelligent, happy, strong, brave and extremely faithful dog with his family. The education given from a young age is very important, although he was prepared to hunt, he can share his home with other pets without inconvenience. Some specimens, especially males, can get into territorial fights with other dogs of the same sex.
They are very good with children, they love to play with them and they are very patient with them. Even so, we must also educate children, teaching them not to hurt dogs, because they have a lot of patience with them but they also suffer and feel pain.
In addition, it is a watchdog, who is always alert and completely distrustful of strangers. Still, it barks infrequently, but with great power.
It must also be taken into account that it is a dog that has a great amount of energy, so it needs a lot of space at home or several daily walks to be in complete harmony physically and mentally.
Physical characteristics of the Dogo Argentino:
It is a robust, imposing dog, of good size and beautiful bearing. They are practically massive all over their body. Its head is large, it has a large mouth, with thin lips (which allows it to continue breathing even when it catches its prey), its neck is also muscle. Its nose must be black and its ears are wide, flat and set high, erect or semi-erect.
Its body is a 10% longer than it is tall, giving it a rectangular look. They have a long and robust tail. Its coat is short, soft and its density varies depending on the climate. It is also very easy to recognize since they are completely white.
The height at the withers for males ranges from 60 cm to 68 cm, with females being slightly smaller. Regarding the weight, it should vary between 40 kg and 45 kg. Their life expectancy ranges from 10 to 12 years.
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Dogo Argentino health:
It is a fairly healthy breed that suffers from some very specific problems.
It is developed in most cases by a hereditary malformation. When this problem appears, what happens is a displacement of the hip that tends to cause intense pain and lameness in the animal. Dogs that are affected by this disease tend to have difficulty performing common activities such as walking, running, jumping, climbing a ladder, and even lying down or sitting down. In more advanced cases or those that have not been treated, dysplasia can completely incapacitate the animal.
It is a hereditary disease that affects approximately 10% of Dogos Argentinos. It can occur unilaterally (if it affects only one ear) or bilaterally (if it affects both ears. Deafness occurs from birth but it is impossible for owners to realize it until the puppy is between 3 and 6 months old. It is difficult to take care of a deaf dog, one of the greatest risks is that it escapes into the street and does not hear the car engines approaching.
It is a skin disease, which causes skin inflammation and hair loss. Also called "red mange", it is quite common in puppies. This disease can appear in 3 ways: in the first, it only affects a specific point of the body (which is usually the face), in 90% of the cases it heals itself after 1 to 3 months. If the disease progresses or persists beyond 4 months, then it is necessary to go to the vet.
In the second, it appears in a generalized way throughout the dog's body, they will notice hairless areas, scabs on the skin and even bleeding pustules with a bad smell. In addition, the dog is likely to have a fever, fatigue and lack of appetite. It is essential to go to the vet as soon as possible to stop the progression of the disease.
In the third case it is known as pododemodicosis, it only appears on the feet and hands. It is very resistant and difficult to eradicate.
Some specimens have presented different eye problems. Being quite isolated cases, what we recommend is a daily (or several weekly) cleaning of your eyes.
It is necessary to brush your hair with a rubber brush between 1 and 2 times a week, to remove dead hair. In addition, it should not be exposed to the sun because its skin is sensitive to it. As for the bath, we recommend doing it every 1 or 2 months.
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It is a breed that ingests large amounts of food, but you have to be careful about it. In the first place, it must grow slowly, reaching full maturity at 2 years of age, you do not have to give it food that makes it grow faster than usual, because it will not give time for its bones and joints to form well.
Once this has been clarified, the most recommended is a high-end dry feed, which provides all the necessary nutrients. You should go to your veterinarian who will give you food according to the energy needs of your dog.
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The Dogo Argentino has a considerable level of energy, so it will be necessary to take him for a walk between 2 and 3 times a day, if possible, walks of 40 minutes.
He is usually very predisposed to games, so you can implement them in his walks to make them more enjoyable for both of you.
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