Dogo Argentino

The Dogo Argentino is a mastiff-type dog developed in Argentina in the early twentieth century. The Dogo Argentino is tall and muscular, with a powerful jaw, and was traditionally used in the Pampas for hunting wild boar and puma. Despite its remarkable physical performance and impressive stature, the Argentine mastiff is easy to educate and barks little, making it a dog suited to family life.


In early twentieth century Argentina, hunting was very popular: it was a hobby for the rich, and a livelihood for the poor. In 1928, Antonio Nores Martinez, a medical doctor, surgeon, Professor, and founder of the breed, combined the qualities of the Perro de Pelea, a dog breed famed for its fighting abilities in Córdoba, with a range of other breeds, with the aim of improving size and physical strength.

It was not until the 12th generation that Martinez got a litter of six dogs considered pure breed. This new breed was recognised by Royal Canin Argentina in 1964. The basis of the breed was the Pelea, along with German Shepherd, Pointer, Irish Wolfhound, Great Pyrenees, English...

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