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This breed has its origin in the province of Cordoba, in the central (Mediterranean) region of the Republic of Argentina. Its creator was Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez, a (renowned) doctor and member of a traditional family. In 1928, his passion for dogs, perhaps a family legacy, led him to set the bases and a standard for a new dog breed which he named Dogo Argentino. His work was based upon the methodical crossbreeding of several purebreds with the old fighting dog from Cordoba, a dog which was very strong and vigorous.

After a thorough and minute character study and selection, through different generations, Dr. Nores Martinez accomplished his purpose, obtaining the first family. At the beginning, it was generally considered a dog for fighting but Dr. Nores Martinez’s liking for hunting led him to take the dog to one of his habitual hunting trips, where the new breed demonstrated its skills, thus becoming a key figure in all his trips. Thus it became quickly an excellent big-game hunting dog.

With the passing of time, this adaptation capacity has made this dog very versatile as regards functions; 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, 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.

In 1973 the breed was accepted by FCI as the first and only Argentinean breed, thanks to the great passion, work and effort of Dr. Augustin Nores Martinez, its creator’s brother and successor.

1928

THE DOGO ARGENTINO IS A BIG-GAME HUNTER AND GUARDIAN BREED FROM ARGENTINA.

In 1928, Antonio Nores Martinez, a medical doctor, professor and surgeon, set out to breed a big game hunting dog that was also capable of being a loyal pet and guard dog.

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1933

IT’S STRENGTH, TENACITY, SHARP SENSE OF SMELL AND BRAVERY MAKE IT THE BEST DOG AMONG WORKING DOGS.

After a thorough and minute character study and selection, through different generations, Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez accomplished his purpose, obtaining the first family. 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’.

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1947

THE BREED’S FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE TOOK PLACE AT THE HUNTING DOG SHOW BY THE BUENOS AIRES HUNTERS CLUB.

The original standard for the breed had been published in the May 1947 issue of Diana Magazine. We have a version translated to English. Thank you to Daniel D’Hurst for translating!

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1956

TESTED IN THE ARGENTINE WILDERNESS, THE DOGO ARGENTINO WAS FAST BECOMING A LEGEND.

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.

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1973

THE CLUB DEL DOGO DI CORDOBA WAS FOUNDED IN 1969. IN 1973 THE BREED WAS ACCEPTED BY FCI AS THE FIRST AND ONLY ARGENTINEAN BREED.

Thanks to the great passion, work and effort of Dr. Augustin Nores Martinez, its creator’s brother and successor.

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December 21, 2019

THE NEWEST AKC-RECOGNIZED BREED

The Dogo Argentino gets AKC recognition being assigned to the Working Dog Group

Dogo Argentino

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