by Ken Alden
Developed in Argentina for big-game hunting, the Dogo Argentino is a muscular and loyal breed of dog.
Raising a Dogo Argentino puppy is similar to raising other puppies. They are intelligent and curious, and as a puppy, will require a lot of care, attention and proper socialization. Your Dogo will need a balanced diet along with plenty of exercise. Luckily they require little grooming and only have few health problems.
In this article, we will explore the temperate and personality traits of the Dogo Argentino, in addition to things to consider to help your puppy become the best companion possible. Read More Below...
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Also known as an Argentinian Mastiff, the Dogo is a big breed of dog that some may find intimidating.
The breed developer was looking for a strong, athletic dog that could fight and hold its own but also be loyal to his master. It is believed that Antonio Nores Martinez crossed the Great Dane, English Bulldog, Bull Terrier, Spanish Mastiff, Pointer, Irish Wolfhound, and the Dogue de Bordeaux to create the Dogo Argentino.
Most will have a white, short coat, sometimes with a black spot on their head, and can be anywhere from 40-45 kilograms (88-99 pounds).
Unfortunately, due to how similar the Dogo looks to a Pitbull, they are often thought of as aggressive and dangerous. However, they are actually quite happy and loving dogs who are loyal and playful.
Some key character traits include:
The Dogo Argentino is a great family pet. They are loyal and gentle around children, and when properly trained, can be lovable and friendly with everyone. However, there are some things to keep in mind before committing to a new puppy.
The Dogo will grow to be a strong-willed, stubborn, and independent dog. People who are not familiar with managing a large dog are not advised to get a Dogo. They require constant and diligent training and a strong pack leader to curb any inherited aggressive behaviors.
Preparing your home for a new puppy is the first step and should be done before bringing your puppy home. This will include getting food and toys, a bed, pee pads, and possibly a crate.
Strive to keep your puppy on the same food as the breeder. This will help to prevent any stomach problems and aversions to certain foods.
Training and potty training can be tough if your puppy cannot hold its business long enough to get outside.
Most dog food brands will have puppy food, along with different bags as your puppy grows. For the Dogo, you should look for food with high meat content as they need lots of protein.
As a general guide, you should be feeding your puppy four times a day when under four months old. That will drop to three meals until they reach six months. From then, they will only need to be fed twice a day.
Learn more about Dogo Argentino feeding and scheduling from our page here.
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For dogs that tend to chew when bored or left alone, crate training can be an excellent way to ensure your puppy stays safe when you’re not home. It can also help with potty training as puppies don’t like to go to the bathroom where they sleep.
Most crates come with adjustable sections that will grow along with your puppy. Ultimately, it needs to be big enough for your dog to stand in when fully grown.
Be sure to encourage their crate training with treats. You want them to want to go into their ‘den’ to make it a more pleasant experience.
This page of ours makes crate training your Dogo easy.
Properly socializing all puppies is extremely important. However, with a larger and sometimes stubborn and aggressive breed, it is vital.
Not only does it build your puppy’s confidence in strangers, other animals, and loud noises, it helps to develop the right behavioral responses. For example, only from playing with and ‘being told off’ by other puppies will your puppy learn what is and isn’t acceptable play.
Puppies that are not socialized can be nervous, aggressive and often do not play well with other dogs. They can be leash reactive and territorial, and it can make having people come over quite difficult.
As soon as they have all their vaccines, you should introduce your puppy to new people, new places and help to desensitize them to the unknown.
For large breed dogs, the benefits of socialization can’t be overstated. It will make yours and their lives far easier.
Our page here offers some creative socialization tips that make this task fun.
Along with ample socialization, your Dogo Argentino will need proper and consistent training.
For first-time dog owners, the Dogo Argentino might be too much. They are stubborn and require a firm authority figure to ensure they are trained correctly. Being such big, powerful dogs, they need an owner who can handle their size and work with them to socialize properly and work toward obedience.
But if you are willing to put in the work, the Dogo is a loving and loyal family pet. With the right food, crate training, and lots of love and attention, you will have a wonderful companion.
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About the Author...
Ken Alden, a dedicated Mastiff owner for over eight
years, is acclaimed for his expertise in care, grooming, and training. Read more About Me and my dog Shadow.