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.