Dogo Argentino Puppies
Dogo Argentino puppies are the AKC’s newest breed, now officially recognized! If you’re intrigued by this new dog and want to look into getting one, you should do your research, as you should with any dog.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Dogo Argentino.
Where To Get Dogo Argentino Puppies
If you’re committed to adopting, you might be able to find a similar dog in a shelter. However, it’s very hard to verify the exact breed of the dog and even harder to find a small puppy that hasn’t been snapped up. You can always look at breed-specific rescues, though the requirements can be a little strict!
A Dogo Argentino breeder is likely your best bet. While there’s nothing wrong with getting a dog from a breeder, you should do your due diligence to ensure the breeder is ethical. Dogoo_arjentin…
General breeder red flags include not allowing you to see where the puppy is being brought up, not allowing you to meet the parents of the dog, no health records or shot records to give you, and a general evasiveness when it comes to answering questions. No AKC papers is also a huge red flag with a purebred dog.
While you might be tempted to buy a dog from a backyard breeder because it’s cheaper, remember they didn’t put much money into raising the dog. It’s very likely the dog has health issues or wasn’t socialized well. This can land you with a very expensive vet bill down the line. It might also require you to get a trainer that costs a lot of money.
As this dog is purebred and fairly rare, the cost can range anywhere from $1000 to $4000. If you see a dog being listed for much cheaper, the breeder likely isn’t legitimate. Avoid Craigslist!
The Dogo Argentino has a short white coat with black spots. They are large, strong, and muscular, and often compared to the American Bulldog and American Pitbull Terrier.
These dogs are very protective of their families and see a huge difference in family vs. strangers. That means it’s absolutely imperative to socialize them at an early age. Make sure every interaction with a stranger is a good one, or you risk having a guard dog that doesn’t want anyone else in their home!
They’re happiest when around the family, however, and make gentle and loyal pets as long as they’re raised right. They’re used as working dogs a lot and are highly intelligent, so they do need a lot of stimulation — both physical and mental. Your dog is happiest with a job to do so make sure you take them on walks and give them lots of puzzles and snuffle mats! A tired dog is a happy dog.
Because they’re hunting dogs, you should take extreme care when introducing them to other animals. If you have cats or smaller animals in the home, they may not be the best choice — and should, at least, never be left unsupervised with them. Dodo…pups…
Dogo Argentino Puppies – Veterinary Needs
Like any dog, Dogo Argentino puppies need a series of shots when they’re young. These will usually start at around eight weeks old and end at around sixteen to eighteen weeks. This is important, as it protects them from distemper, parvovirus, and other nasty and often fatal diseases. After these, they’ll get their mandatory rabies shot as well and will be offered some optional shots.
After that, they’ll need check-ups once a year. Your vet will keep an eye out for health conditions and give them their booster shots.
Health conditions for this breeder include potential deafness because of their white coat and hip dysplasia.
It’s also important to keep them up to date with flea and heartworm medication too. Teona…
When it comes to diet, dog owners have strong opinions. The main two are kibble and a raw diet.
Kibble is perfectly healthy if you choose the right brand, but you should ask your vet’s advice to ensure you do and do your research on the brand. Some food is full of fillers and isn’t actually good for dogs. Never feed them grain-free food unless you have to for medical reasons, as this has been linked to heart disease in dogs.
Some owners love raw food and swear by this diet, but it’s important to do it right. Dogs need more than just meat to thrive. Some subscription services can prepare meals for you and deliver them to your door to save you from doing the research yourself.
If you’re looking for a dog with low-maintenance grooming needs, this dog is ideal. Their short coat means the occasional brushing is adequate to keep them in shape and take off the excess hair. Koa…
However, it’s important to keep up with nail, teeth, and ear care. Clip or file their nails every six to eight weeks, and start young to get them used to the tools. Dremels can be especially intimidating!
If your dog struggles with this and finds some of it daunting, provide lots of high-value treats and have patience when getting them comfortable.