Everything you need to know to buy or adopt a Dogo Argentino puppy or adult dog.


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Buying or Adopting a Dogo Argentino

Also known as Argentine Dogo. By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Is a DOG really the right pet for you?

I've been helping people choose and find dogs for over 35 years now, and I have to say that for many people, dogs are not ideal pets.

Pros AND Cons of Owning a Dog


Should you get a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog?

Don't set your sights on any purebred dog until you read these three eye-opening articles:

The Truth About Purebred Dogs

The Truth About Crossbred Dogs

The Truth About Mixed Breed Dogs


Is a Dogo Argentino the right breed for you?

Dogo Argentino: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em

Dogo Argentino Health Problems


Are YOU right for a Dogo Argentino?

Can you provide what this breed needs?

  • Someone home most of the day
  • Fenced yard (6-8 feet high, not an electronic/underground fence)
  • No other dogs in the household
  • No cats in the household
  • Restricted exercise when young – until maturity (at least 18 months old), exercise restricted to multiple short (20 minute) walks, fetch games, and playing with other dogs – no forced running (beside a jogger or bicyclist), no long-distance treks, minimal jumping
  • Ample exercise after maturity – enough ongoing exercise that your Dogo Argentino stays slim and is tired enough to sleep contentedly and not get into mischief
  • "Mental exercise" – interesting activities that keep the mind stimulated, such as a challenging dog sport (agility, rally obedience, tracking, schutzhund, weight pulling); challenging dog toys; a homemade obstacle course; tricks and games such as Musical Toys and Hide 'n Seek; instructions in my training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words
  • An indoor lifestyle, except for exercise and bathroom breaks
  • A meat-heavy diet, either homemade or commercial – meat is expensive, so people with less money should opt for a small dog
  • An owner with enough money to treat the health problems Dogo Argentino are prone to (pet health insurance can really help here!)
  • An owner who is okay with moderate/heavy shedding
  • Commitment to provide thorough socialization – introducing your Dogo Argentino to lots of people and other animals, diligently correcting any signs of misbehavior or aggression
  • Commitment to establish the right Leader-Follower relationship with your Dogo Argentino, teaching him to listen to you and do what you say

Should you get a male or female Dogo Argentino?

Symbols for male and female Male Dogs vs. Female Dogs
Which one makes a better pet?


Should you get a young puppy, an older puppy, or an adult dog?

Girl hugging a dog Puppies vs. Adult Dogs
What age should your new Dogo Argentino be?


Where can you buy or adopt a Dogo Argentino?

The Dogo Argentino is not a common breed in the United States. That's a good thing, because the Dogo is only suited to specific kinds of homes.

Adopting From Dog Rescue Organizations
You might find a Dogo Argentino available from a Dog Rescue group. Dogos may be turned over to Rescue because they need too much exercise, or due to dominance, aggression, or shyness issues. Owners often give up their Dogo Argentino when it becomes apparent that the dog is too much for them to handle. You would need to provide these dogs with the exercise, training, and socialization that they are lacking.

Adopting From Public Animal Shelters and Humane Societies
It's unlikely that you would find a Dogo in a shelter, although people often think they have. The problem is that many crosses and mixes can somewhat resemble a Dogo, yet not have any Dogo genes whatsoever. Dogo Argentino rescue groups do keep their eyes peeled on shelters and humane societies across the country, and if a Dogo turns up at a shelter, the rescue group does try to move the dog into their rescue network.

Buying From a Dog Breeder
You can buy a Dogo Argentino from a show breeder, who breeds Dogos to match a detailed standard of appearance for the dog show ring.

Or you can buy a Dogo Argentino from a performance breeder, who emphasizes an energetic temperament and strong "prey (chasing) drives" for hunting big game such as wild boar, or participating in performance sports like tracking or weight pulling. Some breeders are a combination of show/performance, though how they prioritize those two goals can vary greatly.

You might also be able to buy a Dogo Argentino from people who "just breed pets" or "just had one litter." But should you? Be sure to read the article to learn more about these people.

Here's one difference between a responsible breeder and an irresponsible breeder – BOTH PARENTS of a Dogo Argentino puppy should have:

  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) or PennHip certifying the dog to have normal hips

If a seller can't show you those certificates, the puppies are at much higher risk for hip dysplasia. If you accept that risk, you need to be willing (and able) to pay a couple thousand bucks for future surgeries and lifelong meds if your Dogo Argentino ends up with crippled hips.

Puppy in a pet shop window Pet Shop Puppies: Buying a Puppy From a Pet Store
I haven't seen a Dogo Argentino in a pet shop, but it's certainly possible. I have plenty to say about buying a puppy from a pet shop!


Related Articles

Girl holding up a puppy and looking at him How To Choose a Good Dogo Argentino Puppy
How to test the temperament and personality of Dogo Argentino puppies and pick the best puppy in a litter.


Pedigree parchment AKC Registered Puppies: Are AKC Papers Important?
Should you consider buying only AKC registered Dogo Argentino puppies? Do AKC papers and pedigrees really matter?


To help you train and care for your dog

book cover To learn more about training your dog to be calm and well-behaved, my dog training book is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do whatever you ask.

book cover My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy dog.

book cover My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.