The Dogo Argentino originated in the province of Cordoba, Argentina.
In 1928, its creator was Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez, a renowned doctor and member of a traditional local family in Cordoba had an intense passion for dogs that would turn into a family legacy. His scientific background led him to set the bases and standard for a new dog breed: Dogo Argentino. His work was based upon the methodical crossbreeding of several pure breeds with the "old fighting dog from Cordoba", a dog which was very strong and vigorous but lacked psychic and genetic stability. This local breed had been the product of the crossbreeding among Mastiffs, Bulldogs and Bull Terriers and was widely known and appreciated by fervent dog-fight fans, a very popular activity at the time which embraced all social classes.
With the passing of time and selective breeding, the Dogo has become very versatile; 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.
On May 21st 1964, this breed was acknowledged by the Federación Cinológica Argentina and by the Argentinean Rural Society, which opened their studbook to initiate registry.
It was not until July 31st 1973 that the breed was accepted by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale 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.
The Dogo Argentino was the first documented gentetci experiment in history. The creator, Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez, precisely documented and recorded all aspects of the Dogo's temperament, character, confirmation, and structure. He wrote the following publications:
Nores Martinez, Antonio: "El Dogo Argentino," Diana Magazine, No. 89 pp. 28-40, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1947.
Nores Martinez, Agustin: "El Dogo Argentino," Talleres Caporaletti, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1969.
Norea Martinez, Augustin: "Historia del Dogo Argentino," Editorial, Albatros, Buenos Aries, Argentina, 1978
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El Dogo Argentino was created by adding blood from 10 different breeds. Each breed was not equal parts of the final breed but each added its own strength.
1) The Fighting Dog of Cordoba - to which he added blood.
2) The Pointer - to give him a keen sense of smell that would be essential for the hunt.
3) The Boxer - added vivacity and gentleness.
4) The Great Dane - its size.
5) The Bull Terrier - fearlessness.
6) The Bulldog - gave it an ample chest and boldness.
7) The Irish Wolfhound - brought its instinct as a hunter of wild game.
8) The Dogue de Bordeaux - contributed its powerful jaws and massive head.
9) The Great Pyrenees - its white coat.
10) The Spanish Mastiff - gave its quota of power and the ability to breath through its loose lips while catching its prey.