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Dogo Argentino

The Dogo Argentino is otherwise known as an Argentine Mastiff. This breed was developed in the 1920's by a man named Dr Antonio Nores Martinez. It was favoured by the police and military forces alike. It was also used a lot as a guide dog. If you thought you might like one as a pet, think long and hard about that.

Argentine Mastiffs tend to be large white dogs with short hair covering their smooth heavy build. If they have a marking or spot on their fur, they are considered to not be of breed standard. They generally stand 60 to 65 cm tall (from their withers) and weigh around 88.2 to 99.2 pounds. They are slightly longer in length than height, with females being longer still. They have been described as looking like a tall, solid white American Pitbull Terrier.

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The Dogo Argentine can be very controlling, which means they are not ideal for people without any dog owning experience. They respond well to an owner who can assert their dominance. A vitally important point is that owners find ethical breeders with a good reputation, as a stable personality is essential for this breed of dog.

One major positive point to this dogs personality, is its loyalty, in a similar sense to a German shepherd, it will continuously protect its home and family. They get on with pets and children they have grown up with. It is sensible practise however, to not leave them alone with children.

This dog doesn't require much from an owner, other than the dominance previously mentioned. They don't have any intense grooming needs and have no dog odour. The main concern is their nails as they can suffer from ingrown toe nails. Their nails should be clipped regularly to avoid any nasty trips to a vet.

Training wise, an Argentino Dogo should undergo intensive socialisation classes from an early age. There must be a strict routine of obedience training. They can be very clever dogs, and the training should always take place in a warm, loving environment. They will respond well to treats and rewards given for good behaviour.

Erratic behaviour will only occur if training has been carried out under unsuitable conditions. They will also be affected if they are kept in kennels too long; they thrive in the company of other people and animals.

These dogs were meant to be work dogs, agility is their niche. Many work as guide dogs and police sniffer and guard dogs. They are one of the healthier dog breeds, though have been known to suffer from hip dysplasia and deafness related to their pigmentation.

It's sad that a lot of the bad press these beautiful, loyal dogs get is down to bad ownership or unethical ownership. Yes, they are tough, but with the right kind of environment and love, this breed could go from strength to strength. The original intention by Dr Martinez was to breed a big game hunting dog that was also able to be a loyal pet, guard dog and friend.