Can be affectionate with children and often make a good family dog with careful supervision. Intelligent, alert, and powerful dogs. Some may be apprehensive around strangers or other dogs. There have been reported incidents of Argentine Dogos being aggressive with other pets or people. Requires firm, consistent obedience training and socialization to prevent reservation with strangers and to ensure the dog is controllable in all situations.
The Argentine Dogo is a mastiff-type breed which was developed in the 1920s by Dr Antonio Nores Martinez and his brother for hunting large game such as wild boar and cougars in packs. The breed was developed from the Cordoba Fighting dog, by crossing with multiple breeds to increase both size and hunting instinct and reduce the aggression within the breed to make it both a loyal family dog and cooperative pack hunter. Dogos with a black patch over one eye are known as piratas (Pirates). Against their nature and the breed standard, some Argentine Dogos have been crossbred for use in fighting, which has given them a bad press in some countries and led to the breed being banned in Australia and the United Kingdom. This breed has been a member of the American Kennel Club foundation stock service since 1996.