AKC Meet the Breeds® The Dogo Argentino is a pack-hunting dog, bred for the pursuit of big-game such as wild boar and puma, and possesses the strength, intelligence and quick responsiveness of a serious athlete. His short, plain and smooth coat is completely white, but a dark patch near the eye is permitted as long as it doesn't cover more than 10% of the head.
This breed originated in Cordoba, the central region of Argentina, at the hands of Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez. Dr. Martinez methodically crossed a total of ten breeds, including a now-extinct breed of dog from Cordoba, in pursuit of an athlete with the strength of body and character to perform difficult work, yet a friendly and amiable personality which allows him to live and work cooperatively. Dr. Nores Martinez' brother, family and their close compatriots continued his early success after his untimely death. The breed has proved to be valiant hunter of country predators, as well as an excellent companion for active, experienced families.
The Dogo is a cheerful, humble, and friendly breed; not a hard barker, and never aggressive. He loves his family, especially children. The mature Dogo needs extensive regular exercise to maintain its athletic condition and pleasant disposition. They are clean dogs that need little coat care. Dogos, like all dogs, respond well to positive, balanced obedience training, and make excellent companions for the right families, though their working prey drive and need for serious physical and mental stimulation must always be kept firmly in mind.