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Gun Dogs: Are Dogo Argentinos Good Dogs for Family Pets?

By    |   Friday, 06 Nov 2015 05:27 PM

Also known as the Argentinian Mastiff, Dogo Argentinos have a reputation as one of the best breeds for hunting.

However, their fierceness as hunters doesn't mean that families can't own these dogs as pets.

Here are four suggestions to help make Dogo Argentinos good family pets.

1. Confident, Assertive Ownership

Dogo Argentinos are marked by cheerful, humble, friendly personalities, according to the American Kennel Club.

However, they have dual personalities — when hunting, they are fierce and aggressive, able to attack wild boars and other big game, according to Vet Street.

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To keep a strong-willed and independent Dogo Argentino in line, new owners need to exhibit confidence and assertiveness in establishing themselves as the family's pack leader.

2. Early Socialization

Although bred with both gentleness and fierceness, Dogo Argentinos can surprisingly distinguish when to be amiable and when to be aggressive if they are socialized early as puppies, according to Your Purebred Puppy.

Argentine Dogos enjoy being petted and receiving close physical contact with owners. Like many other dogs, they will contentedly lie at your feet and lean against your legs.

Giving them plenty of physical attention will help them develop a discriminating temperament, understanding when to be friendly and when to alertly guard family members with their intimidating bark.

3. Clear Hierarchy

While Argentine Dogos can be gentle and loving in your home, the dominant, aggressive side of Dogo Argentinos' personalities can rear its ugly head when around other animals and people outside of your family, according to Pet Wave.

This dog breed is hard wired to assert itself as alpha over other dogs, cats and other animals and even over people. As owner, you need to establish a clear chain of command within your home.

Let your Dogo Argentino know through your leadership, words, actions, and body language that you are in charge and that he is to submit to every member of your family and any extended family members and friends that visit you. This will enable your pet to coexist with whomever he comes in contact with from day to day.

4. Daily Exercise

Argentine Dogos are muscular, athletic dogs.

Their need for vigorous physical activities can lead to rowdy behavior in your home if they aren't regularly physically and mentally stimulated, particularly as puppies.

Daily, rigorous exercise gives this breed the necessary outlet for its energy and aggressiveness, according to Vet Street.

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Also known as the Argentinian Mastiff, Dogo Argentinos have a reputation as one of the best breeds for hunting. However, their fierceness as hunters doesn't mean that families can't own these dogs as pets. Here are four suggestions to help make Dogo Argentinos good family pets.
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