1. How much does a Dogo Puppy cost?We rate our Dogo Puppies at 8 weeks of age and do take into consideration Companion Dogo vs Breeding Stock/Show quality. Our Dogo Argentino's are priced accordingly. See our Pricing Page for specific information
2. What exercise requirements are necessary for the Dogo?The Dogo Argentino requires daily physical exercise to maintain his superb muscle structure. A large yard is nice but not a must. As long as they are walked regularly a Dogo will be content. Dogos are excellent running, biking and hiking companions. The Dogo Argentino is a very intelligent working breed and mental stimulation is also a must. A game of fetch or tug-of-war is a great way to exercise your Dogo. Remember a bored Dogo can be a destructive Dogo.
NOTE: In our opinion Dog Parks should be avoided for any animal owner. Dog parks are filled with diseases such as giardia and coccidea, and parasites such as tapeworms. As well they are usually occupied with untrained aggressive dogs and their equally aggressive poorly behaved owners.
3. Are Dogos aggressive toward other animals?Dogo Argentinos were established to hunt wild animals. Early socialization is an absolute requirement to build their stable, discriminating temperament. Most are dominant and can respond to aggression from other animals.
4. Are Dogos good with family and children?Dogos are an excellent family pets. Dogos love children and are very gentle. They are friendly and loyal companions. Despite their intimidating appearance, the Dogo is usually friendly, however, Dogos are protective of their family and caution should be used when unfamiliar people are around the household. We highly recommend training and socialization of every Dogo.
5. When are the puppies ready for pick-up?Our Dogo puppies are ready at three moths of age after their hearing test (B.A.E.R.).
6. Do you ship your Dogo Puppies?Yes. We ship to many destinations worldwide via commercial airline. Shipping within the contiguous United States costs approximately $450-500 which includes crate.
7. How do I get a puppy? First thing is to secure your place for a puppy by sending a deposit of $500. It is always first come first serve. This $500 is non-refundable.
8. Do you guarantee the health of purchased Dogo Puppies?Yes. Each Dogo Argentino Puppy is sold with a purchase agreement. If upheld by the purchaser the Dogo will be guaranteed for a minimum of 12 months against genetic defects.
9. Does the Dogo Argentino make for a good guard dog?Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez wanted to develop a breed which was a fearless big game hunter, guardian and could also be trusted with the family.
Dogos have been successfully utilized for police and military work and easy be trained as guard dogs. Argentine Dogos look very commanding. Carrying themselves with an impressive, honorable and proud presence, making them an effective deterrent.
10. Do your Dogos have any issues with deafness?Many generations prior to our breeding stock deafness had been bred away from the lines. All our puppies are B.A.E.R. tested by an independent veterinarian and the results of the test are delivered with each puppy.
11. What is the difference between the black spots and pigmentation seen in Dogos?Black spots on the coat is coloration and not acceptable. Pigmentation is coloration of the skin seen in all Dogos. Excessive skin pigmentation is not acceptable.
12. Are Dogo Argentinos like Pit Bulls or American Staffordshire Terriers?These animals are not related in any way. Please take another look at the history of the breed.
Dr. Martinez picked the Cordoba Fighting Dog to be the base for the breed. This breed is extinct today but was described as a large and ferocious dog that was both a great hunter and fighter. Then Dr. Martinex begain
Mixing them with other breeds which would give them height, a good sense of smell, speed, hunting instinct and, more than anything else deprive them of that fighting eagerness against other dogs, which made them useless for pack hunting. A mix that would turn them into sociable dogs, capable of living in freedom, in families and on estates, keeping the great courage of the primitive breed, but applied to a useful and noble end; sport hunting and vermin control."
- Agustin Nores Martinez
13. Do Dogos shed or slobber?Something that all dog owners have to learn to live with is shedding. This natural process involves a dog losing his old coat so that a new coat can come in to replace it. One of the reasons for dogs shedding very large quantities of hair is that they may belong to a breed that is "double coated". This means they have an undercoat and the top layer of hair sheds more frequently and more profusely than it does with dogs with a normal layer of hair. Dogo Argentinos have no undercoat, and shed to a minimal degree. Grooming is easily maintained.
A well bred Dogo will also have minimal issues with slobbering.
14. Do Dogos enjoy the water?Yes! Most Dogos enjoy playing/swimming in the water. They are usually very happy to take their baths as well.
15. What instructions (i.e., feeding, immunizations) do you recommend?We give our recommended instructions after purchase of one of our fine Dogo Argentinos.
16. How do you feel about showing a Dogo Argentino?Our Dogos are very well bred and can stand any competition. After a customer acquires a Dogo from MiskoDogo Kennels, the Dogo becomes the new owner's property, and you should feel free to pursue any passion including showing with your newly acquired Dogo!
17. Do you have any restrictions on your purchasers breeding their Dogo?Our Dogo Argentino's are bread for breeding/showing. We require that Dogos from our Kennels not be breed to other of lesser quality or dogs from different breeds. Some agreements for pet/companion Dogos will prohibit breeding and require spaying or neutering your Dogo.
18. Are there breed registries or clubs that I can participate in?
Dogo Argentino Club of America (DACA) — The DACA has been an active club and registry for the breed since 1985 and is the original Parent Club in the U.S.
Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) - Not recognized
Canine Federation of Canada (CFC) - Rare Breed Registry in Canada
American Kennel Club (AKC) Note 1 - Accepted for recording in the AKC Foundation Stock Service (FSS) Program
United Kennel Club (UKC) - Guardian Dogs group
American Rare Breed Association (ARBA) - Working Group
Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) - FCI-Standard No 292
Federación Cinológica Argentina (FCA)
Federación Canófila de Puerto Rico (FCPR)
— From the AKC May 2007 Board Meeting, the Argentine Dogo is now eligible to compete in AKC Companion events held on and after January 1, 2008. See http://www.akc.org/reg/fss_news.cfm for full details.
— The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 83 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.
19. Do Dogos have any health issues I should be aware of?The Dogo Argentino is generally a healthy breed; however, like all breeds, certain genetic disorders may be of concern.
Deafness - Like most primarily white dogs, the Dogo may be born partially or completely deaf. Therefore, it is of great importance that ALL Dogos be BAER tested.
Hip Dysplasia - If you are considering the adoption of a Argentine Dogo puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder.
Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF)
Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)
University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program (PennHip)
QuickCare Pet Insurance Programs