In the 1920s, Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez from Argentina fancied a large hunting dog that could hunt big game, guard his property and be a loyal companion. Unlike many others, the determined Dr. Martinez turned his wish into reality. Starting with the now-extinct Fighting Dog of Cordoba, Martinez bred the dog with a Boxer, a Bulldog, a Bull Terrier, and an English Mastiff to create this mighty dog breed of Argentina. After eight years of relentless breeding efforts, in 1928, Martinez set the breed standard for the Dogo Argentino.
The already distinctive Argentine Mastiff’s story gets more interesting when you realize the breed is banned in several countries, including Norway, Ukraine, and United Kingdom. Therefore, if you are a prospective owner considering the financial costs of owning the dog are not enough, you have to ensure you are prepared for this dog through and through. Therefore, we’ve compiled this article to help with the cost-related factors, perks, and much-expected cons of the Dogo Argentino.
Sit back and relax as we disclose little-known facts about the enthralling story of the Dogo Argentino and his master Dr. Martinez!
Little Known Fact: Antonio was 17 when he first dreamt of having a dog like the Dogo Argentino.
How Much Does The Dogo Argentino Cost in India?
The unique build of the Argentinian Mastiff is widely sought after, yet the breed is rare worldwide. To buy this dog in India, you can expect to pay INR 30,000-85,000. This price range is a general estimate and subject to variation based on location, breeder factor, and other aspects.
Factors That Influence the Buying Price of Dogo Argentino in India
Dogo Argentino Age: Buying a Puppy vs. an Old Dog
A puppy aged 8-12 weeks is priced the highest. This can be attributed to the fact that for most dog enthusiasts owning a dog elicits a vivid image of having a cute puppy. The charm of puppyhood is tempting, but the prices are not so much. However, the prices go down with the dog’s increasing age.
As responsible dog lovers, educating ourselves on the demands of the breed throughout its lifetime is essential to raising a healthy and happy dog. The Dogo Argentino puppy’s hyperactivity may seem endless as they are a high-energy breed and never truly settle down. Although, for this breed, getting a puppy is a better choice as the Dogos tend to be aggressive. Buying an old dog is a gamble as you do not know how the dog has been trained. With a puppy, you can cultivate and tailor desired behaviors in the dog from an early age.
Adopting a Dogo Argentino vs. Buying
Adopting a dog is noble; however, the decision shouldn’t entirely be based on emotion. Since this breed tends to be aggressive, the challenges a shelter dog may present must be considered beforehand. Moreover, due to the rarity of the breed, finding the Dogo in a shelter may take a long time. If you locate one, this option may be much cheaper. The dogs in the shelters are generally older with their puppy phase behind them; therefore, it is essential to ensure that the dog has been screened for health issues and behavioral problems.
To get a Dogo Argentino puppy in India, buying from a breeder may be your best bet. Ensuring the breeder carries out the breeding practices ethically is essential as this sector is hugely exploited. Buying a Dogo Argentino will be significantly more expensive than adopting one.
Breeding dogs in India requires a permit issued by the Indian Kennel Club. Further, a breeder must register with his respective state’s Animal Welfare Board to ensure that the breeding is performed ethically, with the dogs’ health being a priority.
In an ideal world, these laws should be enough to ensure ethical breeding and prevent the exploitation of dogs. However, the easy falsification of documents and unethical practices are rampant. Therefore, a potential buyer must stay alert and cautious while dealing with breeders. Let’s discuss the famous places you can buy your Dogo from in India.
Buying a Dogo Argentino from Puppy Mills
(Please Don’t Go with This Option)
To witness the miscarriage of the justice system and lack of implementation of laws, one has to look no further than the pervasive and unrestrained functioning of puppy mills. The gut-wrenching truth of puppy mills is widely known today, yet there have been few tangible consequences of the widespread awareness. This points to the clever and innovative ways the mill merchants employ to paint a picturesque image of owning the dog of your dreams at dirt-cheap prices, carefully taking you far away from the dirt-cheap place the dog of your dreams lives in.
We recommend not underestimating the hypnotizing sales pitch of the mill merchants. Thorough research about the breed and breeding practices is mandatory for happy ownership of your Dogo Argentino. Remember, a dog bought at a low price comes with a ridiculously damaged psyche.
Buying a Dogo Argentino from Pet Shops
Speaking of the clever tactics of the puppy mills, the most profitable and obscure way of selling dogs is dealing with pet stores. Most pet shops source their dogs from puppy mills to stay on top of demand; this is why you’ll always find a puppy of a particular breed in the pet shop. The puppies are always available at the store or in transit, as per the shop owner.
Despite the rosy claims, taking the pet shop owner’s word is not wise. We recommend against buying from pet stores and puppy mills alike.
Buying a Dogo Argentino from Middleman or Brokers
Dog brokers drive most sales in the pet industry as they provide what can be termed a home-delivery service for dogs. The broker takes care of the buyer’s demands and efficiently performs all the background checks necessary to ensure an ethically sourced Dogo Argentino. The brokers charge a 10-20% surplus for these services on each sale, making this option considerably expensive.
As puppy mill owners are deeply rooted in the pet industry, even when dealing with a broker, it is crucial to overlook the entire process to ensure receiving a properly bred Dogo Argentino.
Buying a Dogo Argentino from Reputable breeders
Meeting with a breeder should feel like a conversation between two dog lovers. Ethical breeders are careful and passionate about raising their dogs, and they want their canine friends to live their best lives and employ only the most acceptable practices to raise good pups. These breeders tend to be inquisitive and ask several questions to the potential buyers to ascertain whether a dog would suit the owner in question. Due to the top-quality litter the reputable breeders produce, their asking price for a puppy is usually high. However, buying from an ethical breeder is the only option if you wish for stress-free ownership of a Dogo Argentino with a lifelong coach who can guide you in raising a good dog.
Questions to ask from a Breeder
Below are some questions you should ask the breeder you’re working with to determine whether to buy from them.
- Are you a licensed breeder?
- What breeds do you specialize in?
- How long have you been breeding dogs?
- Is the breed right for me?
- How old is the puppy?
- Can I see the breeding facility?
- Can I meet the puppy’s mother and littermates?
- What vaccinations have been given to the pup so far?
- Can I return the puppy if I change my mind?
- How can I approach you if I have a query?
The gender of the Dogo Argentino doesn’t significantly affect the price of the dog. Usually, the females have slightly smaller frames than the male. There are no apparent behavioral differences between the spayed and neutered Dogos.
The Dogo Argentino is a large dog breed. The standard height for the males of the breed is 24 to 26.5 inches, while the females stand at 24 to 25.5 inches tall at maturity. The female of the breed is slightly smaller in this breed and lightweight, with the average weight being 40-43 kg. In contrast, the male Dogo Argentino can weigh up to 40-45 kg. The size of the Dogo Argentino doesn’t significantly affect their asking price.
Mix Breed or Purebred
A Dogo Argentino is a rare breed; therefore, the purebred muscular and athletic dogs’ asking price is on the high end of the spectrum.
Although, the designer dog breed has driven up the cost of mixed breed dogs and made them highly desirable. Mixed breeds or mutts are healthier than purebred dogs due to their wider gene pool. The popular mixes of Dogo Argentino include Dogo Pit (Dogo Argentino + Pit Bull Terrier), Cane Corso and Dogo Argentino mix, Dogo Argentino mixed with German Shepherd, and Dogo Argentino mixed with Great Dane are some of the popular blends. Typically, purebred dogs sell for several thousand more than mixed-breed dogs; however, popular mixes also fetch considerable amounts.
A dog’s ancestry often dictates its price, and a rich ancestry and lineage ensure that the dog can participate in dog shows. Pet parents looking for a show ring dog should plan their budget accordingly, as show quality dogs are much more expensive than an average dog. A pet quality dog may not be as closely related to the breed standards, but this may be due to the strict rules. A pet quality dog is an excellent option for someone looking for a pet; it is a lot cheaper too.
Coat Colours and Markings
This athletic hunting dog only comes in a white shade, with its short and smooth coat. The AKC allows a dark patch on the eye if it does not cover 10% of the head. If you consider purchasing a purebred Dogo Argentino, remember not to fall for any sales gimmicks, as these elegant dogs do not come in any shade other than white.
The breed is rare worldwide and not as widely popular as other breeds in India. Therefore, it is highly likely that they are unavailable in the suburbs or rural parts of India. However, the dog may be readily available in metro cities like Mumbai. Unfortunately, the breed’s price is often high due to the rare availability.
Certification and Warranties
KCI-registered and well-vaccinated dogs are pricey; however, these prices aren’t unreasonable. In India, there’s an easy fudging of documents. Therefore, a buyer must be cautious in their dealings with a breeder. Verification of all documents and claims a breeder makes is mandatory.
Little Known Fact 2: Martinez wanted to accentuate the height, scenting ability, hunting instincts, speed, and friendly nature. For this, he bred the Cordoba fighting dog with Pointers, Boxers, Great Danes, Bull Terriers, Bulldogs, Irish Wolfhounds, Dogues de Bordeaux, Great Pyrenees, and Spanish Mastiffs to create the dog of his dreams.
Yearly Maintenance Cost of Owning a Dogo Argentino
Owning an Argentine Mastiff is not a one-time cost; it involves recurring expenses such as food, medical, and grooming costs. To keep the Dogo healthy and happy, you can expect to spend INR 65,000-1,20,000 annually. Let’s discuss all the financial aspects related to owning this giant breed.
Dog Food Factor
The Dogos are giants and must be adequately fed to maintain their impressive stature. A high-quality, nutritious diet is indispensable for the health and happiness of your Dogo. Picking dog food can be daunting, particularly for large breeds like this Mastiff. As this breed’s maturation period is quick, a diet lacking calcium may negatively impact the skeletal growth of your Dogo. Apart from this, protein and fat are also crucial for your dog’s development. Let’s discuss the diet options and feeding frequency of the Dogo Argentino.
Home Food vs. Purchased Food
Feeding only homemade food to your dog is tricky, as consistently maintaining the right amount of nutrients in the diet is challenging. For example, as mentioned above, calcium is crucial for the skeletal growth of your Mastiff, but when ingested in excess, it can cause skeletal deformities. Therefore, a balanced diet is vital for the excellent health of your Dogo puppy. Talking to a vet and getting a customized diet chart is a great way to provide proper nutrients to your puppy.
Commercial dog foods are tailor-made to meet the nutrient demands of the puppy, adult, and senior dog and save you from the hassle of maintaining a balance in meals. However, store-bought food is several times more expensive than homemade food. Therefore, we recommend combining both foods to keep your Dogo’s tastebuds happening. You can expect a monthly expenditure of INR 2,500-6,000 for feeding your Dogo.
Portion Size and Daily Frequency
Generally, the Argentinian Mastiff puppy should be fed three times a day, while an adult dog should do well with two meals per day. Being consistent with the feeding schedule is essential as these dogs love to have a structure to their day. Talking to a vet is the best way to determine the right amount of food your dog requires, as it is based on several factors, including your dog’s weight, age, and activity level. The chart below gives general instructions on the portion size and frequency of meals.
|Age||No. of cups of Dry Kibble||No. of Meals in a Day|
|Ten to Twelve months||7-10||2|
|Twelve months and above (females)||6-9||2|
|Twelve months and above (males)||7-10||2|
The Argentine Mastiff is a healthy breed with a lifespan of 9-15 dog years but is genetically predisposed to certain diseases like all purebred dogs. These include Hip Dysplasia, skin allergies, and autoimmune disease like thyroiditis & deafness. To maintain your dog’s good health, it is crucial to visit the vet regularly. The medical expenses of a Dogo Argentino in India could cost INR 7,500-18,000 yearly. There are several health-related expenses of the Dogo Argentino; let’s discuss them individually.
Dog vaccinations start as early as 4-6 weeks; this is crucial in keeping the puppy safe from dangerous and often fatal diseases. Some vaccinations like Leptospirosis, Hepatitis, Rabies, Canine Distemper, and Canine Parvovirus are required by the law in India. Usually, a vet issues the vaccination card with the name of the vaccine and appointment dates. We recommend keeping your dog updated on all the required vaccinations. Each dose of vaccine may cost INR 1,700-2,000 in India. The chart below gives a general idea of the vaccination schedules.
|S. No.||Cost Header||Type||Cost Range (INR)|
|1||Dog Food||Monthly||8,500 - 10,500|
|2.1||Vaccination||Yearly||750 - 1,000|
|2.2||Deworming||Recurring||350 - 500|
|2.3||Neutering or Spaying||One Time||5,000 - 10,000|
|2.5||Antiseptic Spray||As Required||200 - 300|
|2.6||Ticks and Flea Powder||As Required||700|
|2.7||Ear drops||As Required||150|
|3||Housing and Confinement Cost|
|3.1||Crates for puppy||One Time||3,500 - 9,000|
|3.2||Bed for Dogs||One Time||1,000 - 3,000|
|4.1||Collar||One Time||200 - 600|
|4.2||Leash||One Time||600 - 1,500|
|4.3||Training Harness||One Time||600 - 1,000|
|5||Toys||One Time||200 - 400|
|6.1||Top-quality Brush||One Time||300 - 600|
|6.2||Nail clippers||One Time||300 - 500|
|6.3||Shampoo and Conditioner||Monthly||400|
|6.4||Towels||One Time||300 - 700|
|6.5||Professional Grooming||Per visit||500 - 2,000|
|7||Dog Walker||Monthly||3,000 - 6,000|
|8||Training and Socialising Class||Per session||1,000 - 2,000|
|9||Treats||Bi-Weekly||200 - 300|
|10||Insurance||Annual||5,000 - 15,000|
|11.1||Domestic||As required||60,000 - 80,000|
|11.2||International||As required||2.5L - 4L|
|12||Daycare||As required||250 - 500|
|13||Registration||One Time||50 - 500|
|14||Miscellaneous||As required||2,500 - 4,000|
Neutering or Spaying Surgery Cost
Neutering or spaying surgery comes with a host of benefits for your dogs, but before that, it is essential to note that breeding dogs, particularly giant dogs, is not for everyone. Breeding ethically and responsibly requires enormous knowledge and should be left to experts with the skill set to manage this herculean feat successfully.
A neutering or spaying procedure should be done under an expert veterinarian, as this is a surgical procedure. In metros, you can expect the cost of surgery to be INR 6000-12,000, while in the suburbs, the price comes to be INR 4,000-6,000.
Dogs are prone to contracting worms and lack behavioral means to protect themselves. These worms can be acquired from the soil, air, or contaminated food and water. Therefore, it is essential to educate yourself on the signs of a worm contraction should the Dogo catch it.
Regular deworming sessions are beneficial for your dog’s good health. A vet usually draws up the schedule for deworming based on the dog’s weight and age. A deworming procedure is pretty inexpensive, with each tablet costing INR 100.
Preventive Medications Cost
From fleas and ticks to skin allergies, your Dogo’s white satin smooth coat is vulnerable to various infestations. Fortunately, multiple treatments are readily available to combat and prevent the infection, and ticks and flea powder are preventative measures that should not be missed. Stocking ticks and flea power may cost INR 500.
Antiseptic spray, band-aids, and cotton are essential items in your Dogo’s first aid kit. All these items may cost up to INR 500.
Housing and Confinement Cost
Crate training a dog gets mixed reactions from people. However, pet parents swear by it for appropriately housebreaking the dogs. 40-inch crate size is best suited for this dog breed. A Dogo Argentino requires just enough space to wiggle around. It is also important to remember that a crate is a training tool and not a cage. The crate environment should make your Argentinian Mastiff comfortable and at home. Keeping the dog in the crate for a long time is not recommended. A sturdy, durable crate should cost around INR 600-2,000. A dog bed for your giant must ensure a good night’s sleep. This bed may cost up to INR 500-1,000.
The fashionista dogs with their adorable dog dresses and groovy sunglasses out on a hot summer day are a sight for sore eyes. However, choosing those accessories is far from easy. While there are endless options when shopping for dog accessories, all serving a different purpose, only a few are necessary. Therefore, we address the most critical tool and accessory for managing your Dogo Argentino below.
Collar vs. Harness
There have been countless incidents where a collar and a leash have proved harmful to a dog. The constant pulling exerts dangerous pressure on the dog’s throat leading to tracheal collapse and spinal injury. Therefore, we recommend using a harness that supports the dog’s chest and back to avoid exerting undue pressure. Such a harness may cost up to INR 600-1000.
Little Known Fact 3: Once the breed standard was established, the Dogo became popular among hunters. Everything was going well until the breed’s creator met a sad fate. Dr. Antonio was killed in a robbery attempt before witnessing the breed recognized in the Cynologic Federation of Argentina and the Argentina Rural Society.
The Dogo has high energy levels and needs to do something at all times to avoid the restlessness that comes from having large amounts of pent-up energy. For a puppy, a chew toy is a must not only for entertainment purposes but also for their dental health.
As your dog grows, his interests are likely to change; however, Dogo’s energy levels do not go down considerably. Therefore, keeping your dog engaged and busy would require you to spend a lot of time playing with them. Outdoor activities like fetch, hide and seek, and treasure hunting is excellent for your dog. Sensory toys and treat dispensers are superb choices too. However, we recommend investing in different types of toys at first to help your dog explore and learn. After the initial investment, your monthly toy cost will likely be around INR 250-500.
Due to the single short coat, this Argentinian giant doesn’t have extensive grooming demands. Brushing twice a week is enough to maintain the coat and reduce shedding. However, during shedding seasons, the dog may require daily brushing to avoid making a mess on the sofa. Bathing once a month can keep the dog’s coat shiny and clean. Cleaning the eyes and ears with a wet cloth is recommended weekly.
A few grooming tools prove to be indispensable to grooming your dog efficiently. These include a slicker brush, nail clippers, shampoo, and conditioner, and all these may cost up to INR 500-1,000.
Although this dog breed doesn’t have extensive grooming demands, some owners prefer to get their dogs professionally groomed. This service usually costs INR 500-1000 per session.
Meeting the breed’s exercise requirements is essential to keep the dog healthy physically and mentally. The Dogo makes for an excellent jogging partner, which can be a great opportunity to bond with them. However, if the owner can’t meet the physical demands of the dog on their own, hiring a dog walker may prove to be consequential. Dog walkers charge INR 2,500-5,000 per month for walking and engaging the dog in other physical activities as requested by the owner.
Training and Socializing Class Cost
Dogos are banned in several countries due to their aggressive tendencies. However, most Dogo owners are nothing short of furious over this. Every dog that gets proper training and socialization becomes a friendly and well-rounded pet.
The Dogos were bred to be hunting dogs; their prey drive is comparatively higher than other non-hunting dog breeds. However, early socialization can help manage this trait. Training should begin as soon as the dog gets home; working with a trainer who understands the mindset of your Dogo Argentino is essential, as these pack dogs only respond to masters who are firm and consistent with them. However, at no point should harshness and force be used upon the dogs. A professional trainer can charge up to INR 5,000-7,000 monthly.
Apart from basic training, making the dog earn its reward is an excellent way to instill obedience and respect in the Dogos. The treats constitute 10-20% of the daily intake; therefore, they should be chosen carefully. Only nutritious and high-quality treats should be fed to your Dogo. We also recommend getting a puzzle treat dispenser to witness the singular joyful experience of your dog’s outstanding achievement every day. The monthly cost of treats may add up to INR 500-1,000, and store-bought treats are usually more expensive than homemade ones.
Pet insurance is a wise choice to deal with any unforeseen casualty. For this breed, though healthy, we recommend getting insurance that covers the common ailments suffered by the breed. Further, third-party liability insurance is a must in case of accidental injuries, and such insurance may cost INR 7,500-22,000 annually.
This dog is a great companion for frequent travelers who enjoy long hikes and climbs. It is best to take the Dogos in a car or train.
Air travel for this breed may be tricky as this breed is banned in a lot of countries. Typically, air travel is also expensive, and the ticket fares depend on the destination, weight, and size of the dog and the choice of airlines. You can expect to pay INR 5000-20,000 for your Dogo’s ticket for domestic travel, and international travel generally costs INR 2-3 lakh. In addition, airlines require the dog’s documents, including a rabies certificate and other valid health certifications.
A Dogo that isn’t busy is destructive; for owners who do not have a lot of time, daycares prove to be a lifesaver (and a furniture saver, too!). These facilities provide boarding and food for the dog. A play area is mandatory for your Argentinian Mastiff; therefore, be careful which daycare service you choose. Although the charges for boarding services depend on location, a general estimate of INR 500-2,000 per day is fitting. These services also tend to whatever needs the owner enlists.
In India, owners and breeders are encouraged to register their dogs with the INKC. The costs of registration vary based on two factors. First is the information available about the dog’s parents and whether the owner is a member. You can expect to spend anywhere between INR 400-1,000. Microchipping is an additional cost of INR 1,000 and provides your dogs with its credentials.
Some essential items we often forget to account for include the food storage container, a poop bag, a pee cleaner, and food and water dishes. This expenditure falls in the category of a one-time purchase and may cost up to INR500-1,500.
Hidden and Related Costs of Dogo Argentino Puppy Ownership
Owning a Dogo Argentino is not for everyone. A passive owner requiring a lap dog or a first-time owner should not consider bringing this dog home.
This Argentinian giant’s owner needs to be a pack leader and earn the dog’s respect. As a Dogo Argentino owner, the bans on the breed should make you think twice before bringing the breed home. Your family’s safety should be your priority, so extra supervision and care are crucial if you bring the dog home. We also recommend getting a puppy or adolescent Dogo Argentino so you can instill desirable traits in them early on. The Dogos have a cheerful and friendly temperament and do not shy away from showing you their love once a bond has been formed.
Little Known Fact 4: Dr. Augustin Nores Martinez, the disheartened brother of the creator, didn’t want his brother’s majestic creation to go unrecognized. And it is due to his ceaseless efforts that FCI officially recognized the breed in 1973.
Important Things to Consider Before Buying A Dogo Argentino
Owing a Dogo requires you to swallow several tough pills; let’s look at some of them to determine whether you’re up for the challenge of owning this sturdy breed.
- The Dogos are among the most dangerous dog breeds in the world. Unless socialized and trained well, this dog may threaten everyone around.
- This breed was developed to hunt big game; consequently, the Dogos have a high prey drive.
- Despite the minimal grooming requirements, the extensive exercise demands deter many dog lovers from owning this breed.
- The breed proves dangerous to other dogs and cats in the house unless they’re raised together from a young age.
- As a Dogo Argentino owner, you must be extra vigilant and careful about your family’s safety.
Benefits of Bringing a Dogo Argentino Puppy to Home
Despite the infamous bans of this breed, the Argentinian MAstiffs continue to rule the hearts of dog lovers. Let’s discover some of the reasons why.
- The white satin coat and muscular build create a charm that few dog lovers can resist.
- These dogs have a distinct thunderous bark and an imposing presence; this makes them excellent estate guardians and watchdogs.
- The single short coat is easy to tend to and makes them adept at living in the hot climate of India.
- This breed has a powerful and almost feline gait making them a show stopper at any event.
- The Dogo Argentino has the right balance of toughness and loveliness. Owning them is an experience of having the best of both worlds.
Is Dogo Argentino suitable for first-time owners?
The breed is not recommended for inexperienced owners; training them is extensive, as they are prone to aggression.
Are Dogo Argentino aggressive?
Yes, the breed features in the list of most dangerous dogs on the planet and is banned in several countries.
Are Dogo Argentino barkers?
This breed has a distinct thunderous bark; however, they are silent dogs. The Dogo only barks at intruders owing to their guarding instincts.
Are Dogs apartment friendly?
Although quite adaptable, the Argentinian Mastiff requires plenty of space to play around, making them ill-suited for apartments.
Can the Dogo Arengtino survive in India?
Yes, the dog’s short coat makes them an excellent choice for the Indian climate.
Summing It Up
Owning the Dogo Argentino is a challenge through and through, yet the countless rewarding moments with the dog make it all worth it for Mastiff lovers. Therefore if you have your hearts set on the muscular, imposing Argentinian Mastiff, we recommend getting a young pup who you can train and tailor to be a perfect family dog. Keeping the Mastiff cheerful and healthy is pretty straightforward, as meeting their energy demands is all a Dogo truly wants from its owner.