Dogo Argentino’s are gaining popularity in the U.S. for many reasons, they are beautiful to look at , they are strong and powerful, they make great hunting/sporting companions, and they are loyal guardians instinctively protective of their family and home. The Showtime series, Ray Donovan, featured a male Dogo on several episodes, which further raised the profile of this breed. This has been both good and bad. Many people are selecting this breed as a family pet which has led to an increased demand; however, the number of Dogos surrendered to shelters has also increased creating the need for dedicated rescue organizations. Many new owners expect that a purebred Dogo will be just like the one they saw on TV, Instagram or YouTube, and do not realize that just like any new puppy you bring home, you must be prepared to put in the effort to socialize and train the puppy.
Despite the many favorable attributes of this breed, owning a Dogo requires an experienced dog owner, who is willing to put in the effort to raise a confident, fearless, social Dogo, with an excellent temperament, and ability to live a happy life with it’s family. Many assume that this breed is naturally fearless and confident; why? Well it is written in the breed standard. This breed, like many other large breed dogs, who do not self socialize, require the owner to make the effort to continue to socialize the puppy once it leaves the breeder. Owners also need to have a plan for training. You do not need an expensive board and train program, rather a weekly puppy class that provides you, your family and your puppy the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to live together happily. Many puppy trainers offer a puppy I and puppy II class, this will generally take 12-16 weeks.
***This is not a dog that you can delay puppy classes/basic obedience classes. Within a year, they will go from the size of an adults hand to the size of a small adult.
Why is socialization so important? We are asking our puppies to live in our world. Puppies are not born with an understanding of how or why we do things, and puppies have a very short window of time, from around 7 weeks of age to about 4 months of age. When dogs do not learn the skills to live in our world during puppy-hood, it’s difficult for them to learn to tolerate new things, and will never grow to be the dog they could have been. We have a unique opportunity with a new puppy to create a future for them that fits our lifestyle.
For those who have never owned a dog and are interested in owning a Dogo, we recommend volunteering with a Dogo rescue group, and/or fostering a Dogo prior to purchasing one.