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Dogo Argentino

BREED FAQs – DOGO ARGENTINO (Argentine Mastiff)

  1. Is Dogo Argentino hypoallergenic?

Answer: No! Dogo Argentino is not a hypoallergenic canine. This pooch produces a fair amount of dander and it also sheds its fur, although in a moderate manner.

  1. Is Dogo Argentino friendly with Kids?

Answer: Argentine Mastiffs require a lot of training and early socialization from their owners so as to become a bit more warm with kids. These pooches should be properly introduced to a lot of children at a young age so that when they grow up, they remain comfortable, gentle and careful whenever they are around small kids. But still leaving a child all alone with these canines is not recommended.

  1. Is Dogo Argentino friendly with other dogs?

Answer: Generally, the Dogo Argentino is not very cordial and kind to other canines. This pooch has a hard time trusting other dogs and it mostly remains fairly reserved and quiet around them. Untrained Dogos can also be very aggressive with strange canines especially if they are of the same gender, hence proper training and guidance are extremely important for this pooch so that it can be a bit more amiable and pleasant with other dogs.

  1. Is Dogo Argentino friendly with cats?

Answer: The Dogo Argentino is not known to get along that well with cats. This pooch has a habit of chasing down smaller animals such as cats and that is why it is not considered to be a suitable breed for those families who want to raise a cat and a dog at the same time in their home.

  1. Does a Dogo Argentino make good guard Dog?

Answer: Yes! A Dogo Argentino can be a great guard dog for most families. This pooch has really good protective instincts and it can defend its loved ones against most kinds of harms and dangers. It is also a pretty decent watchdog. It can effectively alert its housemates through its bark in case of a trespasser, intruder or a burglar.

  1. Is Dogo Argentino apartment friendly?

Answer: Although the Dogo Argentino is not a very apartment friendly canine, still, if all its exercise needs are properly fulfilled on a regular basis, then it can gradually learn to adapt to the apartment lifestyle.

  1. How much does a Dogo Argentino shed?

Answer: The Argentine Mastiffs are low to average shedders. They are known to shed their fur on an occasional basis and in a moderate manner. And during the shedding period, it is recommended to properly brush these canines as it helps in controlling the shedding process to a certain extent.

  1. Is Dogo Argentino good for first-time owners?

Answer: No! The Dogo Argentino requires a lot of training and guidance of a skilled owner so as to become friendlier and kinder to other animals and its exercise requirements are also fairly high. That is why this pooch is not highly recommended to first-time owners as they don’t have the necessary amount of experience and skill that are required to properly handle such a large and stubborn breed.

  1. Does a Dogo Argentino bark a lot?

Answer: No! The Dogo Argentino is not known for excessive barking. This pooch mostly barks when it needs the attention of its owners and loved ones or when it is guarding its home, but apart from this, this canine does not bark all that much.

  1. How much exercise does a Dogo Argentino need daily?

Answer: The Dogo Argentino needs a lot of activity and exercise on a daily basis to remain healthy and contented. This pooch should be taken to long walks either in a park or in a properly fenced area where it can freely move. Morning jogging sessions are also very effective for this pooch’s health and should be provided as frequently as possible. This canine also likes to play various games like catch-the-ball, frisbeeing et cetera with its owner, hence regular play sessions should also be made a part of their exercise schedule. Always remember, without the proper amount of work and exercise, this pooch will become highly bored and frustrated and that can lead to restlessness in the canine and it can also affect its mental health as well.

  1. Can a Dogo Argentino live alone for a long time in a day?

Answer: Leaving a Dogo Argentino alone at home for a few hours is probably fine, but if are looking for a canine who can be left alone for an extended period of time on a regular basis, then this is not the breed for you. This pooch due to long periods of loneliness can gradually become very sad, frustrated and even depressed. It requires the attention of its loved ones from time to time and if it couldn’t find his close ones for a long period of time, then it can feel highly ignored. That’s why it is recommended not to continuously leave a Dogo Argentino alone for a long time.

  1. Is Dogo Argentino easy to train?

Answer: The trainability of a Dogo Argentino is directly dependent on its owner’s experience and knowledge. If a skilled and accomplished owner is involved in the process, then training an Argentine Mastiff becomes fairly easy as an adept owner would know how to properly handle and control this stubborn breed. But on the other hand, if a novice owner decided to train a Dogo Argentino, then the whole process can become highly challenging and difficult as this pooch is highly wilful and independent in nature. This is also the reason why these canines are not recommended to inexperienced owners.

  1. What are Dogo Argentino's grooming needs?

Answer: A Dogo Argentino has fairly minimal grooming requirements. This pooch only requires a weekly brushing of its coat so as to avoid any matting issues. Its bathing needs are also very low and occasional cleaning sessions and baths are more than enough for this canine to remain fresh-looking. But its ears must be checked regularly for any signs of dirt or wax formation and if there is any, then it should be cleaned as soon as possible. Also, its nails must be trimmed whenever it is necessary and its teeth must be brushed on a regular basis as well.

  1. What is the Dogo Argentino's tolerance to heat?

Answer: The heat tolerance of Dogo Argentino is pretty decent. This canine can comfortably reside in fairly hot and warm places and it does not require a lot of protection and care from its owners like some other breeds do.

  1. What is the Dogo Argentino's tolerance to cold?

Answer: The Argentine Mastiff is not highly tolerant of cold and low temperatures. This pooch will struggle if it is kept in extremely chilly areas and it is mainly because of its short coat. This breed is not right for those people who want to raise a dog in wintry or snowy regions of the world.

  1. Is Dogo Argentino an intelligent dog breed?

Answer: Dogo Argentino is an adequately intelligent canine that has sufficient learning, thinking, and decision-making skills that are required for a pooch to properly grow and live in the world.

  1. Is Dogo Argentino stranger friendly?

Answer: Normally, The Argentine Mastiffs are not highly friendly and warm with strangers. These pooches tend to remain fairly quiet and reserved when meeting someone new and they need a lot of time before they start trusting a new person.

  1. Does a Dogo Argentino drool a lot?

Answer: These canines do not drool all the time, like some other breeds do, but they do slobber quite a lot after drinking their water or eating their meal and thus, their mouth must be cleaned with a soft cloth after they are done with their food or water.

  1. Is Dogo Argentino an expensive and high maintenance dog?

Answer: Yes! The Dogo Argentino is a very expensive breed to bring home. Its maintenance needs are fairly high as well. This pooch is not very easy to handle and it requires consistent guidance and training of a skilled owner to become more well-mannered, less stubborn and more sociable in nature. The exercising needs of these canines are also very high and so are their feeding needs. Therefore, it is quite right to say that the Dogo Argentino is a fairly high-maintenance breed.

  1. Is Dogo Argentino easily available in India?

Answer: The Dogo Argentino has a subpar availability in India. Although these pooches can be found in some of the bigger cities of this country, when it comes to their availability in most of the smaller regions like rural areas and small states, then it is still pretty low.

  1. What is the avg price of a Dogo Argentino puppy in India?

Answer: The average price of a Dogo Argentino puppy in India is around ₹65,000 to ₹85,000. But there are a lot of factors that affect their price in the country and because of that, the cost of bringing a Dogo Argentino puppy home can go fairly high.

  1. Does a Dogo Argentino like to swim?

Answer: Many Argentine Mastiffs do like to swim in a big pool and they also enjoy going to beaches and playing in the water. But there are some Dogos that do not get excited when they are near a water body and it is important not to force them to swim or do something that they aren’t comfortable with doing. Those pooches that do enjoy swimming and other water-related activities should definitely be taken to a pool or a lake, but only with proper safety measures.

  1. What Colors does a Dogo Argentino Come In?

Answer: The Dogo Argentino only comes in a single color and that is pure White. But some of the Dogos also have a dark-colored patch around one of their eyes.

  1. What is a Dogo Argentino’s lifespan?

Answer: The Dogo Argentino has a fairly average lifespan of about 10-12 years. But if it is provided with consistent care, protection, exercise, and nutrition, then it may even live longer than 12 years of age.

  1. What are the most common health issues for the Dogo Argentino?

Answer: Most common health issues found in a Dogo Argentino are Autoimmune Thyroiditis, Deafness, Hip Dysplasia, Glaucoma, and Skin Allergies.