- WEIGHT: 18 to 24 lbs
- HEIGHT: 8 to 11 inches
- COLOR(S): Pepper colored: (all shades of gray and silver) or dark yellow (all shades of brown and reddish brown).
- BREED GROUP: Terrier
WEIGHT: 80 to 100 lbs
HEIGHT: 23 to 27 inches
The Dogo Argentino loves human companionship and longs to be with their owners every step of the way. As young pups, they are inquisitive and will keep busy by investigating everything but grow to be not hyperactive adults. This breed is reliable, protective and friendly toward friends and family. They are good with children and can also make excellent game hunting partners. As intelligent, trainable and trustworthy dogs, they make excellent and faithful guide dogs for the blind. They are also docile and very good guardians who love to show affection and be the center of attention. They do make good guard dogs due to their powerful, loyal and courageous nature. Dogos are initially wary of strangers and even though they have been bred down to be non-aggressive pack hunters, prospective owners should know that they were originally bred to attack unwelcome guests. Some strains of this breed in Argentina are still bred for aggressiveness, so they can be entered in dog fights. These lines are smaller in size, ranging from 75-90 lbs. and are not suitable for hunting or for families. Seek reputable Argentine Dogo breeders for the regular Dogos that are protective of their space yet loyal to owners. This breed makes an excellent and endless playmate both with lasting stamina and a long life expectancy. The Dogo Argentino needs a dominant owner to lead and love them.
As a clean house dog, the Dogo Argentino needs little coat care. A rubber curry is recommended for once a week grooming to keep the coat and skin in good condition. When bathing, use only gentle shampoos or ones that are made for white coats. When outside for long periods of time, Dogos prefer environments that provide shaded options since their skin can be sensitive to sunburns.
About 10% of Dogo Argentinos are born deaf as a result of their white color. Beyond this, other health concerns may include hip dysplasia and sunburn.
When given the chance, Dogos are an energetic breed. A mature Dogo Argentino requires regular exercise in order to maintain their muscle structure.
As with most breeds, training for Dogos should take place at puppyhood. These dogs are natural healers who respond well to positive reinforcement and motivation training. Dogos will work to please their owners and enjoy receiving approval. Conversely, they do not do well with force training and may be stubborn towards a forceful attitude. Dogos can be trained for tracking, search & rescue, bomb detection, drug detection, as support dogs, as police dogs, as therapy dogs and similar occupations.
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