"I set out to make a breed, conserving these traits of courage, tenacity, and acclimation that would be a general utility gripping dog, a guardian, and a dog for the eradication of wild animals. That is to say a faithful companion in our home in the city or the field, as well as for our passion for big game hunting."
- Dr. Antonio Martinez, excerpt from Diane Magazine
Few breeds compare to a Dogo Argentino. They are a paradox of silly, forever puppy antics combined with a serious, relentless machine of an animal that is quickly engaged. Given the nature of the Dogo, it is important to select dogs with stable and correct temperaments, ensure they are structurally sound through health testing and provide them with the best start through appropriate socialization and early training.
The Dogo Argentino was formally introduced to the Hunters Club of Buenos Aires in 1947 by way of an article in the Diane Magazine. In the article, Dr. Martinez wrote about his vision for the breed, and provided the first documented standard. In 2020, that article was translated by Daniel d'Hulst, former President of the Dogo Argentino Club of America (DACA).
Read the translated article here.
While the breed has been in North America since the 1960's, Dogo Argentinos have seen the most representation in the southern States, where they are still actively used for hunting wild boar.
As of January 1st, 2020 the breed became fully recognized by the American Kennel Club. For more information, including the AKC breed standard, visit the AKC Website here.
In Canada, Dogo Argentinos are represented by the Canadian Dogo Argentino Club (CDAC). The CDAC is a membership based volunteer dog club and active Non-Profit Organization in Canada that helps advocate, educate and provide support to breeders, owners and enthusiasts across Canada and on an international platform.
SISU KOIRA DOGO ARGENTINO
My husband had a bit of an obsession for the breed long before we met, but his lifestyle was not conducive to him owning the breed for a long time. I was already involved with Cane Corso when he proposed we get a Dogo. I didn't know the breed, didn't want the breed and had not done any research whatsoever when this little white ball of fury stepped off the plane that day in March.
Our first Dogo Argentino provided a crash course in how rough things can get with the breed when you get a hard dog with strong drives and a need for a combative outlet. When things first started going awry, I remember reading a post by Roman Reggio, owner of Milcayac Dogos, and he said: "Remember, these are COMBAT ANIMALS, first and foremost." That really changed my perspective and we ended up changing how we raised our dogs, how we worked our dogs and how we selected our dogs. It also highlighted that our lifestyle was not a fit for the breed, so we even moved and picked up hunting as a past time to give our dogs an outlet - and had happier dogs for it.
Our goal is to produce balanced, adaptable dogs who excel in all areas of life and can do well in both a companion environment and in a working environment.
Before inquiring about a Dogo Argentino for your family, consider if a Dogo Argentino is a fit for you:
Can you provide 5-10 hours per week of physical and mental stimulation for your dog?
Are you able to dedicate the time and structure early on and follow an individualized socialization plan for the first 2 years?
Can you provide an outlet suitable for moderate-high energy, prey driven dogs?
Can you properly contain a dog who's drives will make it want to chase, catch and kill small animals including domestic animals like cats and small dogs?
Are you prepared to deal with same sex aggression and/or dog aggression in general?
What type of professional support will you need to be successful (trainers, veterinarians, boarding services) and are they available to you?