ARGENTINE DOGO DOG

A completely white dog, with clean, muscular construction: the Argentine Dogo is a no nonsense guardian that loves its people and needs a lot of affection. 
 
It is a very large dog, very muscular, with a completely white coat, short haired and without undercoat. On profile, the breed should display a clean and clear outline, fluid from the nose to the tail. The Argentine Dogo weighs between 40 and 50 kg, and the male stands from 61 to 68 cm, the female 59 cm as a minimum. The skull is massive; the muzzle has the same length as the skull; the bite closing should be in scissor, it should never display inferior or superior prognathism; the eyes, dark brown or dark hazelnut; the nose is black; the ears are well inserted and cropped short. In EU countries, on enforcement of several comunitary Guidelines, any type of mutilation in company animals is forbidden, even if the Guidelines have not been transgressed in national legislation, in appliance to the called “Guideline direct effect”. The neck is thick and softly arched (the skin should not be too tight). The chest is wide and deep; the whither, tall and strong, sloping towards the torso; the hindquarters muscled with a straight tarsus. The tail is long and thick, with a natural fall, never curled. The eyes should never be blue or spotted (uneven melamine distribution); the lips should never be loose or dropping; the nose never pink or split; small black spots are admitted on the head, but never more than a single black spot on the head.
 
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR             
The Argentine Dogo puppy soon develops dark pigmentation on its nose and eyelids. 
 
This Argentinean can be more “Dogo” than many people can handle. Developed as a hunter and guardian, the Argentine Dogo is a premium candidate for watch duty. Although it has been described as a “Giant Pit Bull”, the breed is closer to the Boxer in character. They are absolutely fantastic with children, and loves their affection and care. The Argentine Dogo has a superior canine intelligence and is many times a challenge to train. Describes as a “primitive thinking breed”, the owner should begin education as soon as it has turned 12 weeks, to duly channel its natural enthusiasm and high energy personality. Male Argentine Dogos are not more aggressive with other dogs than other working breeds. Females tend to be easier to train. Most specimens in this breed adapt well to domestic life and are excellent partners.
 
DEVELOPMENT
Choose a puppy with a good character, with balanced formation. After seven or eight weeks, the Argentine Dogo will show its symmetry (or lack thereof). 
The puppy should weigh about 7.5 kg between 7 – 8 weeks. It doesn’t reach maturity until the second or third year. The puppy should have a well proportionate and moderate appearance; too heavy or too large puppies would probably become poorly proportionate adults. The male develops more slowly and continues mentally immature during longer. Ear cropping should be performed at eight or nine weeks. The Argentine Dogo is appreciated for its extremely balanced character and great versatility as a partner and protector. The adolescent male tends to bond deeply with its owners, more than females, who are less demanding. Some young specimens display “lapdog” tendencies and are unstoppable when showing their happiness when their owners arrive at home, dancing a tango on their hind legs, which is quite exclusive in this hot blooded South American pure breed.
 
HEALTH
As most white dogs, deafness is the largest problem in the breed. At six weeks, the puppy’s hearing can be evaluated. Puppies with unilateral deafness (deaf in only one ear) are strictly sold as a company animal by most breeders. Only specimens with good hearing on both ears should be bred. The only other concern is hip dysplasia, which affects some specimens, although its exact incidence in the breed is unknown. Every renowned breeder should perform hip X – rays. Be aware of a defect known as hare lip. This anomaly, which many times occur along with cleft lip, results in a lip malformation, in the maxillary and premaxilary union. The coat is very clean and has no dog odor – care is minimal. Although some breeders have informed about specimens reaching ages 15 to 17, the Argentine Dogo longevity is between 10 – 12 years.
 
After six weeks, we can check for hearing deficiencies. A well bred and educated Argentine Dogo can be an affectionate, long-lived friend.