The Dogo Argentino is a muscular, yet graceful dog of Mastiff stock with very strong jaws, and a short, sleek white coat. It is slightly longer than tall, and is not exaggerated in any way. The head is convex in the front, with a moderate stop. The muzzle should be about the same length as the skull. The teeth should meet in a scissors bite, never undershot or overshot. The eyes should either be dark brown or dark hazel with an alert, intelligent, and intense expression. They must be of the same color, and never light blue. The nose should be black—never unpigmented. The chest is wide and deep, giving an impression of strength. The skin on the neck is loose to protect the dog during the hunt. The long tail reaches to the hock. It is never carried over the back, though the dog might swing it and carry it high when excited. The short white coat has no undercoat. History:
The Dogo Argentino was developed in Argentina by Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez in the 1920s. He wanted a dog who was a good hunter and guardian, but could also be trusted with the family. He started with a now extinct mastiff-type breed called the Dog of Cordoba. He added Great Dane, Boxer, Spanish Mastiff, Bulldog, Bull Terrier, Great Pyrenees, Pointer, Irish Wolfhound, and Dogue de Bordeaux. The resulting breed not only met Martinez's original expectations as a big game hunter and family guardian, but also has been successful as a guide dog and in military and police work. Upon entering the AKC Miscellaneous class in 2011, the breed's name was changed from Argentine Dogo back to Dogo Argentino.