Frequently Asked Questions
Some answers to questions we frequently see
The Canadian Dogo Argentino Club (CDAC) is the national breed club for Dogo Argentino in Canada. The CDAC provides information and resources to breeders, owners and exhibitors, as well as creates opportunities to show case the breed in a safe and responsible manner through Specialties, Meet-the-Breed events and supporting regional initiatives.
The CDAC is where all initiatives and Dogo Argentino specific programs are initiated, approved and implemented in Canada. Membership to the club allows individuals to participate and get involved in those programs and have an impact. Not only that, Membership dues are used to pay to keep the club online, provide resources and pay for the programs we implement. Additionally, Members are given early registration for shows and events, and are also given a discount on entry fees. Coming later in 2020, the Breeder's Membership program will allow breeder's to have a profile on the CDAC website as an endorsed breeder, as well as have access to other benefits. More information on the Breeder's Membership coming in October 2020.
As a rare breed in Canada, there are very few resources for Canadians interested in a Dogo Argentino. The Canadian Dogo Argentino Club has been the exclusive resource for Dogo Argentino enthusiasts for the last 10 years, and moving forward has a clear plan to increase breed awareness, create tools for regional clubs to establish themselves and provide more methods and opportunities to share breed information and showcase Canadian bred dogs. Additionally, we are developing learning tools for individuals who are considering bringing a Dogo Argentino into their home through our Fundamentals courses, and making it easier for future owners to find responsible and ethical breeders through our Breeder's program. As the breed gains popularity in Canada, we are also developing tools to support shelters and rescues when Dogos come into their care.
The CDAC is not just a club for breeders. Our goal is to create a club that welcomes all owners, exhibitors and enthusiasts who have demonstrated an interest in the breed in Canada. Most of our current members are not breeders. There are a lot of great ways to get involved. We have a Marketing & Fundraising Committee that is looking for social media gurus who are interested in keeping our social media presence active and fresh. Our Event Planning Committee is responsible for planning our annual Specialty, and with more help we'd be able to plan more events. There are other jobs within the club that do not require an aptitude for breeding, including filling out applications, researching regulatory requirements, helping plan travel arrangements for incoming judges and attendees, sourcing products for merchandise, etc. There is a lot to do, and we can always use more hands. There are a lot of ways to make a difference in the Dogo Argentino community that does not necessarily include breeding, showing or training dogs. If you're still not sure, ask us!
Dogo Argentino FAQs
Dogos are generally happy dogs. They are even tempered, tolerant and extremely loving with their family. It is remarkable how a breed with such fierce tenacity can be so sensitive with regards to their family members. However, they are a breed that does require an experienced home and are not suited for first time dog owners. They are a strong willed hunting breed, they require high levels of exercise and a profound respect for what this breed is capable of doing. With an outlet to fulfill their prey and defensive drives, strong boundaries and setting both the dog and your family up for success, a Dogo can be a very fulfilling family pet.
A well bred, stable Dogo should not be human aggressive and should be tolerant of strangers. However, a lot of this still relies on socialization and training, and the leg work you are prepared to put into your puppy and dog. Your Dogo will also go through developmental phases where they are less tolerant. Don't give up. It is imperative you have a training plan in mind, and if necessary, are prepared to employ a professional to assist you when times get tough. If you are a family who requires a dog who is social and friendly with people, ensure you find a breeder who will help select a puppy with a temperament that is suitable to your lifestyle.
Dog parks are not a good fit for Dogos, especially adult Dogos.
Dogo Argentino suffer from pigment related deafness. The same genes that give them their brilliant white coat are responsible for total or bilateral deafness in approximately 10% of Dogos. All responsible breeders do Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response (BAER) testing on puppies at 6 weeks of age. Additionally, some dogs suffer from allergies and sensitive skin issues, and like all large breeds hip and elbow dysplasia are fairly common. Risks of these are minimized through health testing breeding stock (either Pennhip or OFA testing) and selective breeding.
There are two types of spots: Spots on the dogs skin are common and tend to show up more over time. Often, people don't realize how spotted their dogs skin is until they bath the dog and see all the spots. Sometimes, if the dogs coat is thin you will see pigment through the fur, but most times they are visible on the dog's belly and legs. Spots in the dogs coat do happen, and can show up as large patches or ticking (tiny specs) in the fur. The standard for the Dogo allows for one spot on the head, not to exceed 10% of the surface area, however any spots in the dog's coat past the head are not standard. This does not mean the dog isn't purebred, its just a disqualifying physical trait. Responsible breeders place these puppies in companion or working homes, but they are not candidates for conformation showing or breeding homes.
Some Dogos are born with blue eyes, or partially blue eyes. This is often a sign the puppy is deaf, but not always. While pretty, they are not correct and puppies with blue eyes are not candidates for conformation showing or breeding programs.
While there are exceptions, and lazy dogs do happen, Dogos definitely need a lot of physical and mental stimulation. You will need to find a way to keep your dog's need to work fulfilled. Daily exercise is a must, but also mental exercises are recommended and Dogos have shown success in several dog sports. Working dogs need a job, so if you're not going to hunt with your Dogo, you need to get them an outlet or you may find yourself with a troublemaker.