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What is the Dogo Argentino?
The Dogo Argentino has another name it's known by The Argentine Dogo. It's considered a dog for hunting. It has an extremely high prey drive. It's also a dog that is respected as a guardian. It is, of course, from Argentina. The Dogo is renowned for its very large head. The ears are either natural or cropped, and the coat is usually an alabaster shade and quite smooth. The weight of the Dogo ranges from eight to one hundred pounds. In many countries and residences, the Dogo is banned and outlawed. This dog breed requires a lot of research, especially when it comes to finding a respected, true breeder. Research has to be done before attempting to train, socialize, and exercise this particular breed. An important note to take care of is the special health problems that the Dogo's may face in their life.
Dogo Argentino Genetic Problems
The health problems that can plague a Dogo Argentino happen on a genetic level, especially for those that are purebred. Dogos do inherit certain diseases. If a breeder tells you that the Dogo does not have any health issues, do not trust that breeder because Dogos do come with a list of potential issues that are very hard to detect as puppies. Dogo Argentino's suffer from auto-immune thyroiditis, dysplasia, and even the issue of becoming deaf. Many Dogo's also develop allergies and particular skin issues. When you get a Dogo puppy, make sure that the parents of the dog have particular clearances (from the PennHIP or OFA) that clear the dog for hip dysplasia issues. A test for a brainstem auditory evoked response, also known as the OFA BAER, has to be done to make sure the dog can hear well. If this documentation is not present, and you're expecting to buy a full, pure-bred breed, do not buy the dog without this. This paperwork helps to assure that the pet is clear of certain issues that may affect it later on. For best results, and full disclosure, genetic health testing has to be done.
Dogo Argentino: Demodectic mange and Hearing
Dogo Argentinos have an extremely high risk of deafness and medium risk of hip dysplasia. The cost to treat the deafness can run from one hundred to three hundred dollars. To treat his dysplasia, the cost can run from one thousand five hundred to six thousand dollars. Hip dysplasia is expensive because the treatment involves correcting hips that are malformed. This malformation can cause extreme pain and even allow the dog to become lame. The skin condition mentioned earlier can include pyoderma, which is a bacterial infection that has a chronic nature. Demodectic mange is also one of the skin conditions to watch out for, as well as itchy skin. These dogs are highly susceptible to bloat as well. Bloat kills the dog quickly, and it's when the Dogo experiences gastric dilation or distention and is defined when the Dogo's stomach experiences rotation within the body. It can rotate by a small number of degrees, or completely with several twists. IT affects how the dog eats and affects the surrounding circulatory system as well. It causes a coma, and then death. In regards to health issues of the eyes, Dogo's are prone to abnormalities of the eyelids. For the curious, the reason that the dog's hearing is impacted is that the genetics that has to do with hearing and with coloration are closely linked in canines. Therefore, those dogs with mostly white coats have a more significant rate of being deaf. Usually, dogs that are white and that possess blue eyes are almost always deaf. This is why most dog breeders prefer dogs that have dark eyes. The deafness in Dogo's can affect both ears or just one ear. Dogs that have deafness in both ears can be extremely hard to train and difficult to handle as well. They become quite unpredictable and may have to be euthanized due to the unpredictability from the deafness. This is why it's imperative to have the Dogo's hearing tested.
This dog is not intended for those who are new to dogs, and quite inexperienced. When taken care of properly, Dogo's can live for ten to twelve years, and sometimes longer.
© 2018 Charlotte Doyle
Liz Westwood from UK on October 01, 2018:
This is a new breed to me. This is an informative article.
Ellison Hartley from Maryland, USA on September 28, 2018:
I have never heard of this breed before! Looks beautiful! Thanks for the enlightening article about health considerations.