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Also known as: Dogo Argentino
Breed origin: Argentina
Original purpose: Hunt big game, primarily boar and mountain lion.
AKC recognized: No
AKC group: Foundation Stock Service
Weight: 80 to 100 lbs
Size: Height: males 24½ to 27½ inches;
females 23½ to 26 inches
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Argentine Dogos are strong, tenacious, and extremely loyal and affectionate with their families. They crave attention from their owners and are very tolerant of children dure to their high pain tolerance. They are generally dominant and may not get along with another dominant dog, but otherwise do fine with other dogs if properly socialized from an early age. They have a very sharp sense of smell and excel in tracking, search and rescue, and narcotics detection. Unfortunately, there are now some lines of Dogos that are bred for dog fighting, resulting in dogs that are extremely aggressive and are somewhat smaller and very different in temperament from the original Dogos. In some cases they are cross-bred with the American Pit Bull Terrier. For these reasons this breed has been banned in some places, including the United Kingdom and Australia.
Good with children?
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OK for inexperienced owners?
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Easy to train?
Suitable canine sports/activities:
Schutzhund, tracking, search and rescue, narcotics detection
Argentine Dogos only require weekly grooming with a rubber curry, but they do shed quite a bit and frequent sweeping and vacuuming of the house will be needed.
Known health problems:
Deafness, allergies, Addisons, cherry eye, Cushing's, entropia, hip dysplasia
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Other websites for additional information:
American Kennel Club breed page
Dogo Argentino Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Dogo Argentino Club of America Rescue