Particularly striking characteristics of this breed are their self-confidence, their courage and their perseverance. The Dogo Argentino knows about his strength and is very loyal to his "pack". Reputable breeders make sure that the Argentine mastiff has no innate aggressive potential.
Nevertheless, this active, clever dog needs a lot of work so that no frustration builds up that could later lead to aggressive behavior. The dog breed is therefore rather unsuitable for beginners and better kept in the hands of experienced dog owners.
Dogo Argentino: hunting dog with a tendency to dominance
The Dogo Argentino was bred as a hunting dog in its native Argentina. It is particularly useful for wild boar hunting. By the way: Its white fur also stems from its function as a hunting dog. It is therefore easily recognizable from a distance in the woods and can be distinguished from game, so that the hunters do not accidentally shoot at it. The Dogo Argentino usually hunts in the pack, which means that it not only needs to get on well with people, but also with other dogs and to work together peacefully.
However, this only works if you train the Argentine mastiff consistently, but without compulsion and hardness, even in puppy age. With a good dog breeder, she grows up with loving socialization, so you don't normally have to worry about fearful or aggressive behavior. The Dogo Argentino is said to have a tendency to dominance. Conflicts can arise, especially among males, if the dogo believes that he has to defend his territory or his family. Particularly noteworthy in the characteristics of the breed is its subtle sense of smell. The Argentine mastiff is an excellent tracking dog and loves search games and nose work even when it is not kept as a hunting dog.
Dogo Argentino: pictures of the dog breed
The Dogo Argentino as a family dog
In fact, the Dogo Argentino is very child-friendly and is therefore also suitable as a family dog. However, proper employment and good education are a prerequisite for this. Since the breed is also very muscular and strong, it is recommended that the children are a little taller when the Argentine mastiff comes into the house. With dog sport you can use the dog well, for example with agility. In addition, sports are good in which your four-legged friend can use his great nose and intelligence.
You may be able to practice rescue dog sports with him or have him trained as a protective dog. It is best to get help from an experienced dog trainer. The Dogo Argentino needs a bit of variety, because it quickly gets boring to even training.
Where is the Argentine mastiff listed?
Dogo Argentino is on the breed list in some federal states, in Austria and in ten of thirteen cantons in Switzerland. This means, depending on the regulations in the respective region, that his keeping entails, for example, a higher dog tax or that you need a special permit for his keeping. In Lower Austria you need a certificate of expertise, in Vorarlberg a special permit from the mayor and in Vienna a dog license.
In Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Brandenburg, Hamburg and North Rhine-Westphalia you can hold the Dogo Argentino after passing the test. In Berlin and Hesse, however, it is generally classified as dangerous. The other German federal states do not run him as a list dog. In the Swiss cantons of Valais and Geneva, keeping, importing and breeding is prohibited; in the other eight cantons, in which the Dogo is a listed dog, keeping is permitted with a permit. In Denmark, keeping, importing and breeding is also prohibited.