argentine dogo breed information

common health issues

Demodex canis mites live on all healthy dogs. In the vast majority of cases they never cause a problem. However, some breeds can pass on an immune defect to their offspring that can result in a generalized proliferation of Demodex mites. The most common signs of demodectic mange are hair loss, scaling and irritation of the affected skin.

Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition in which the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit well together, resulting in a hip with increased laxity. This laxity can lead to degenerative changes and depending on the severity, may require surgical correction.

Inherited deafness in one or both ears occurs due to the degeneration of the structures of the inner ear. It usually occurs within the first few weeks of birth. Deafness is tied to coat color, especially in merle pups, and has an association with blue eyes. Hearing tests can be conducted at referral centers or veterinary schools, but inherited deafness is permanent and cannot be cured.

The Dogo Argentino originated in — you guessed it! — central Argentina, where she was developed through a combination of 10 other breeds. The end result was a large dog able to work tirelessly in the field before returning home to be a loving companion. Also known as the Argentine Mastiff, she is a pack hunting dog originally used in the pursuit of large game such as wild boar and pumas.

The Dogo Argentino is a large white dog with a short-haired coat, weighing anywhere from 90 to 130 lbs. She is powerful, as her hunting heritage may suggest, and needs a firm (yet gentle) hand regarding training. She is not an appropriate choice for a first-time dog owner, and neither is she a good choice for families housed in close quarters, as she needs plenty of room to move around.

Early socialization is key with this dog, as her drive to protect her family and property is very high. The Dogo Argentino is often included on lists of banned breeds in certain states and countries, due to her potential to be a little too overprotective. Before adopting a Dogo Argentino, be sure to thoroughly research your local laws, as well as ways to socialize your pup.

Despite their strength, Dogo Argentinos are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – and your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Dogo Argentinos are prone to include skin conditions such as atopy and demodectic mange; hip problems such as hip dysplasia; and hearing problems such as deafness.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Dogo Argentino inherits more than just his dad’s bad skin and his mom’s bad hips, you’re covered.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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