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Dogo Argentino History

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The Dogo Argentino, also known as the Argentinian Mastiff or the Argentine Dogo, is a pack-hunting dog named after its country of origin. The breed’s direct ancestors are the Cordoba Fighting Dog and a number of other breeds, which were intentionally crossed in the 1920s to create a courageous, tenacious, fearless dog that could pursue and bring down dangerous wild predators while at the same time serving as a trustworthy and stable family companion.

A Dogo Argentino, más néven az argentin masztiff vagy az argentin dogo, egy származási országnak nevezett kutya-vadászkutya. A fajt közvetlen ősei a Cordoba Fighting Dog és számos más fajtája, amelyet szándékosan átkeltek az 1920-as években, hogy bátor, ragaszkodó, félelmet nem ismerő kutyát hozzanak létre, amely veszélyes vad ragadozókat tudott folytatni és leölni, ugyanakkor megbízható, és stabil családi társ




The only dog native to Argentina, the Dogo Argentino is a fairly young breed with a colorful history. It was developed in the 1920s by an avid hunter and dog lover, Antonio Nores Martinez, with the help of his younger brother, Agustin. He wanted a dog that could track and hold large, dangerous predators, such as wild boar, jaguar and puma, while also being sufficiently stable to be a trusted family companion. Antonio started with the now-extinct Cordoba Fighting Dog, which then was a ferocious, fearless white Spanish hunter. They selectively crossed ten top-quality Cordoban bitches with hand-picked males from nine other breeds: Boxers, Bull Terriers, Dogue de Bordeaux, Great Danes, Great Pyrenees, Irish Wolfhounds, Old English Bulldogs, English Pointers, and Spanish Mastiffs . The result was a powerful, agile, intelligent dog that hunted cooperatively with other dogs with great speed and stamina and had virtually no inherent aggressive tendencies toward people or other pets.

As the Martinez brothers envisioned, the Dogo Argentino came to be a dog with tremendous endurance and hunting talent. Dogos can track a predator across vast plains, corner it and then attack and hold it in a death grip for the hunters who follow close behind. Dogos are capable of dazzling bursts of speed over short distances, but they are best at covering long distances at a rolling lope.

Az egyetlen argentin argentin kutya, a Dogo Argentino meglehetősen fiatal fajta, színes történettel. Az 1920-as években egy lelkes vadász és kutya szeretője, Antonio Nores Martinez fejlesztette ki fiatalabb testvérével, Agustinnal. Olyan kutyát akart, amely nagy, veszélyes ragadozóakat, például vaddisznót, jaguárt és pumát követhet és tarthat, miközben elég stabil ahhoz, hogy megbízható társa legyen. Antonio elkezdte a most kihalászott Cordoba Fighting Dog-t, amely egy vad, félelmet nem ismerő fehér spanyol vadász volt. Százalékosan átlépett tíz kiváló minőségű Cordoban szuka, kilenc másik fajtával: Boxers, Bull Terrierek, Dogue de Bordeaux, Nagy Dánok, Nagy Pireneusok, Ír farkasok, Old English Bulldogok, angol Pointers és spanyol masztiuszok. Az eredmény egy erőteljes, agilis, intelligens kutya volt, amely nagy sebességgel és állóképességgel együttműködve vadászott más kutyákkal, és gyakorlatilag nem volt benne agresszív hajlam az emberekre és más háziállatokra.
Ahogy a Martinez testvérek elképzelték, a Dogo Argentino egy hatalmas kitartó képességű és vadász tehetségű kutya lett. A Dogos képes követni egy ragadozót hatalmas síkságokon, sarokba vágni, majd támadni és tartani egy halálos fogást a vadászok számára, akik szorosan követik egymást. A kutyák képesek rövid időn át kápráztatni a sebességet, de a legjobbak a hosszú távúak lefedésére egy gördülő lábánál.




In 1964, the Dogo Argentino was recognized by the Cinologic Federation of Argentina and the Argentina Rural Society. The Argentina Kennel Club, a member of the Federation Cynologique International (FCI), accepted the breed in 1973. The FCI recognizes the Dogo as the first and only true Argentinean breed. The Dogo Argentino Club of America (DACA) was formed in 1985 and is the first parent club organized for the Dogo in the United States. The American Kennel Club (AKC) admitted the Dogo Argentino into its Foundation Stock Service in 1996. The United Kennel Club (UKC) recognized the Dogo Argentino in 2001, as a member of its Guardian Dog Group. The AKC moved the Dogo into its Miscellaneous Class in 2011, with a Working Dog designation. The DACA is well on its way to achieving full AKC registration status for this unique working breed.









Dogo Argentino History past and present!
The Dogo Argentino is a Breed of dog that is still fuctional and serves it original purpose as a hunting breed to this day.

The Dogo Argentino started out as a man’s dream. Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez wanted to create a new breed for Argentina to become an Ultimate large game hunter. His dream was not fully completed before his untimely death and his younger brother, Agustin, went on to finish what his brother set out to create. In recent years Antonio’s Grandson, Ulises D’Andrea Nores, has gone on to share this wonderful breed with the world and teach us all that this breed does not just live in the past as a functional hunter but still lives for what it was created for in our present time. We have been blessed to aquire a few special Dogos directly from Ulises born at the original breeding place in Corboda Argentina. These Dogos have all come to us from strong hunting lines and have shown to be ‘True’ Dogo Argentinos. We will strive to protect this wonderful breed and leave the current breed politics out of our program. All of our Dogos will be hunt tested as Form does follow Function however we also believe that since we were not blessed with X ray vision we will also use the high standards of OFA to fully health test our Dogos.

El Dogo Argentino was created by adding blood from 10 different breeds. Each breed was not equal parts of the final breed but each added its own strength.

1) the Fighting Dog of Cordoba, to which he added blood from
2) the Pointer to give him a keen sense of smell which would be essential for the hunt.
3) The Boxer added vivacity and gentleness;
4) the Great Dane it's size;
5) the Bull Terrier, fearlessness;
6) the Bulldog gave it an ample chest and boldness;
7) the Irish Wolfhound brought it's instinct as a hunter of wild game;
8) the Dogue de Bordeaux contributed it's powerful jaws;
9) the Great Pyrenees it's white coat and
10) the Spanish Mastiff gave it's quota of power.

Antonio and Agustin Nores Martinez had gathered ten Cordoban bitches as their nucleus and began bringing in the first of the contributing breeds as studs until the early offspring showed promise in the desired direction.
After a thorough and minute character study and selection, through different generations, Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez accomplished his purpose, obtaining the first family. Its strength, tenacity, sharp sense of smell and bravery make it the best dog among those used for hunting wild boars, peccaries, pumas and other country predators which can be found in the vast and heterogeneous areas of the Argentinean territory. Its harmony, balance and its excellent athletic muscles are ideal characteristics for enduring long trips in any weather conditions and then fighting fiercely with the pursued prey'.
The breed's first public appearance took place at the "Hunting Dog Show," organized by the "Buenos Aires Hunters Club" on grounds of the Argentine Rural Society, September 28, 1947.
The original standard for the breed had been published in the May 1947 issue of Diana Magazine, No. 89, pp. 28-40, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Antonio Nores Martinez passed away tragically November 2, 1956, his dream somewhat to be fulfilled. Agustin Nores Martinez became sole guardian of the breed and, under his direction, additional breeding among the original Dogo Argentino families already on the ground was undertaken during the following fifteen years. Simultaneously, most specimens were being tested in the Argentine wilderness, proving themselves as excellent big game hunters. The Dogo Argentino was fast becoming a legend.

Agustin Nores Martinez wrote:

"... It was year 1925. My brother Antonio and I had yet to reach our eighteenth birthday (he was a year older than me), and by that time we were both absorbed by a true passion for dogs of all breeds, passion which was to remain constant through our entire lives, since so it was, till his untimely death, and so it will be, God willing, till the upcoming of my own... It was during that time when my brother Antonio developed the idea of creating, via the crossbreeding of various existing breeds, a strain of dogs capable of hunting in our own farmlands and woods, capable of racing towards the quarry and killing it, or at least grabbing it till the arrival of the hunter. This idea appeared mainly due to the failure of many European hounds which, by the nature of our vary vast lands, the size and strength of our wild boars, were not up to the task...
... I can still remember as if it had happened yesterday, the day when my brother Antonio told me for the first time his idea and his intention of using the dog known as "Viejo Perro de Pelea Cordobes" (old fighting dog from Cordoba) as a basis for it. This dog was a descendant of Spanish mastiffs brought to America by the colonists, crossbred with Bullterriers and other fighting breeds for the sole purpose of dog fighting. The idea was to use the extraordinary courage and fighting spirit of these dogs as basis, adding other breeds which could give them height, sense of smell, speed, hunting instinct, and, above all, to take away that "fighting eagerness against other dogs" instinct which made them useless for pack hunting. We wanted them to be friendly and capable of living freely within families and on estates, keeping the great courage of the primitive breed, but applied to a useful cause: big-game hunting and as means of controlling predatory species..."

The book "The Real History of El Dogo Argentino", compiled by Dr. Victor Valino, translated by Dr. Marcelo Fernández, 1995



Dream Dogos Strives to Preserve the Original Breed Standard

The DOGO ARGENTINO was visioned by Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez, in 1928, in the province of Cordoba, Argentina. He started with the old fighting dog of cordoba, a dog which was very strong and vigorous but lacked the ability to hunt in a gruop. It is a crossbreed among Mastiff, Bulldog and Bull Terrier.

Through methodical crossbreeding of several pure breeds it became not only an excellent big game hunting dog but also very versatile regarding function. It has proved to be a noble companion and a loyal and insurmountable protector of those it loves. Its strength, tenacity, sharp sense of smell and bravery make it the best dog among those used for hunting wild boars, pumas and in my case even small game like pheasants. Argentine Dogos have also been successfully used in obedience and agility trials ,therapy ,Schutzhund, French Ring Sport, weight pulling, sled racing, search and rescue and police work, even as seeing eye dogs.

Its harmony, balance and its excellent athletic muscles are ideal characteristics for these multiple functions.

Dr. Raul Zeballos introduced El Dogo Argentino to the United States in 1970, where it enjoys increasing popularity. By now, this breed has found its way into the hearts of many followers across five continents.

On a more personal note, I was captivated by this versatility in function of the Dogo Argentino. I started my journey with Dogo Argentinos in 2008. Through my experience, the Dogo Argentino with the right blood lines as created by Dr Antonio Nores Martinez, proved to be everything it was designed to do. Dogo Argentinos are great family dogs, great companions and great hunters. Any deviation from this blood line and you do not have a Dogo Argentino.

Fighting Dog of Cordoba
Fighting Dog of Cordoba

he Fighting Dog of Cordoba was the base breed for the Dogo Argentino. The Fighting Dog of Cordoba was a cross breed of English Bulldog, Bull Terrier and Mastiff. The dog was vigorous and strong but lacked the ability to act as a family dog, as well as lacking the ability to hunt in a pack.


The Boxer was bred to provide vitality and gentleness.


The Pointer provided a keen sense of smell.


The Bulldog added boldness, as well as a broad chest.

Bull Terrier

The Bull Terrier made the Dogo Argentino fearless.

Great Pyrenees

The Great Pyrenees provided the Dogo Argentino with it’s white coat and protective instincts.

Great Dane

The Great Dane provided a large size for the Dogo Argentino.

Irish Wolfhound

The Irish Wolfhound provided the instinct and ability to hunt wild game.

Dogue De Bordeaux

The Dogue De Bordeaux provided powerful jaws.


The Mastiff provided endurance, as well as it’s power.