BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY
This breed is native to the
province of Cordoba, in the Mediterranean region of Argentina.
Its creator was Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez, a prominent and active surgeon (1907 – 1956).
His work was based upon the methodical crossbreeding of the “Old Fighting Dog of Cordoba”, a breed of great power and strength, which was the product of crossbreeding among dog of the breeds Bulldogs and Bull Terriers.
He selected completely white dogs for breeding, not undershot, with heavy heads and long muzzle.
After a thorough and minute character study and selection, through different generations, his aim was accomplished for
ming different families always using as a start the Old Fighting Dog of Cordoba
which was crossed at first with English Bull Dog, Great Dane, Pyrenean Mastiff, Bull Terrier, Boxer, Pointer, Dogue de Bordeaux and Irish Wolfhound.
In 1947 the breed was already created and its genotype and phenotype were stabilized. The same year the breed
standard was presented at the Hunter’s Club in the City of Buenos Aires. Its strength, tenacity, sense of smell and bravery
make it the best in
the pack of dogs to hunt wild boars, peccaries, pumas and other
predators of agriculture and livestock that inhabit
the vast and
diverse regions of Argentina. This is the tradition
al activity for which
Antonio Nores created this breed.
In 1964 it was recognized as a breed by the FCA (Federación
Cinologica Argentina) and the Sociedad Rural Argentina, which
opened their studbook to initiate registry.
Just in 1973 the breed was accepted by the FCI. Thi
s was possible
thanks to the great passion and unique work and effort of Dr. Agustín
Nores Martínez, brother of the founder of the breed, who achieved
this recognition not only because of his individual
actions but also
from the institutional action of the FCA and the Dogo Argentino
Club “Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez”.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : It is an athletic dog, mesomorphic,
normal type, of harmonious proportions. With powerful muscles and
agile, his appearance gives the impression of power
, energy and
strength, in contrast to its expression of friendship and gentleness.
All-white; can have a single dark spot on the skull
: Mesocephalic, the muzzle should
be the same length as the skull.
The height at the withers should be slightly greater than the height at
Depth of chest should represent at least 50% of the
height at the
The length of the body should exceed the height at
the withers by
only 10% (maximum).
BEHAVIOUR AND TEMPERAMENT : It should be silent, never
barking on the trail, with a keen nose and excellen
t flair, vent, agile,
strong, robust and especially brave.
Should never be aggressive toward humans, a feature
that will be
severely observed. It must give you love without conditions or
: Of mesocephalic type, it looks strong and powerful.
The cranio-facial axes are convergent.
Skull: Compact, convex seen in profile and from the
front due to the
outline of the well developed masticatory and neck
Occiput: Occipital protuberance not visible due to
of neck which hide it completely.
Stop: Defined but should not be deep or have sharp/abrupt angles.
FACIAL REGION: As long as the skull, the line joining the two
frontal orbital muscles is equidistant from the occiput and the
mandibular joint of the upper jaws.
Nose: Strongly Black pigmented. Nostrils well opened.
Muzzle: Same length as the skull, with concave topline.
Lips: Tight, free edges, black pigmented, never pendulous.
Jaws/Teeth: Jaws correctly positioned, well-developed and strong,
With no under or overshot, with healthy teeth, large and with normal
implant. Full dentition is recommended. Scissor bite, pincer bite is
Cheeks: Large, marked, covered by strong skin, without folds. Well-
developed masseter muscles.
Eyes: Medium size, almond shaped, dark or hazel coloured, lids
preferably with black pigmentation. Sub-frontal position, wide apart,
lively and intelligent expression but at the same time remarkably
Ears: Set high, lateral, well apart due to the width of the skull.
Functionally, they should be cropped and erect, intriangular shape
and with a length that should not exceed 50% of the
front edge of the
auricle of the natural ear. Without being cropped,
they are of
medium length, broad, thick, flat and rounded at the tip.
Covered with smooth hair which is slightly shorter
than on the rest of
the body; they can have small spots, not to be pena
In natural position they hang down covering the back of the cheeks.
When the dog is alert they may be carried semi-erect.
: Thick, arched, the skin of the throat is very thick forming
smooth folds without forming dewlap. The elasticity
of the skin is
due to the cellular tissue being very lax.
: Rectangular. The length of the body (measured from the
point of shoulder to point of buttock) may exceed the height at the
withers by only 10%.
Top line: Higher at the withers, sloping gently to
the croup. The
adults have a median furrow along the spine caused
prominence of the spinal muscles. See from the side
should not have
Withers: Strong, well defined and high.
Back: Very strong, with muscles well defined.
Loins: Short, broad, very muscular.
Croup: Broad and strong. Moderately inclined.
Chest: Broad and deep. Seen from the front and profile, the sternum
must reach down to the level of the elbows, thereby
breathing capacity. The thorax is long with ribs moderately curved.
Underline and Belly: Rising slightly on the bottom
line of the chest,
never tucked up, strong and with good muscle tension.
: Long, not to exceed the hock joint, thick medium
set. At restit hangs down naturally, in action it is raised in
an arc with an ample
General appearance: Legs straight, vertical, with short and tight toes.
Shoulders: Laid back, with great muscular development without
Upper arm: Same length as the shoulder; well inclined.
Elbows: Sturdy, covered with a thicker and more elastic skin,
without folds or wrinkles. Naturally placed against
the chest wall.
Forearm: As long as the upper arm, perpendicular to
straight with strong bone and muscles.
Pastern joint: Broad and in line with the forearm,
prominences or skin folds.
Pastern: Rather flat, well boned; seen from the side slightly inclined,
Front feet: With short and tight-fitting toes. With strong thick and
resistant pads, preferably black pigmented.
General appearance: Well muscled, with short paster
ns and tight-
fitting toes, without dewclaws. Moderate angulation.
Upper thigh: Well proportioned, with visible and well developed
Stifles: Well angulated.
Lower thigh: Slightly shorter than upper thigh, strong and muscular.
Hock joint / Hock: The tarsus-metatarsus section is
short, strong and
firm, ensuring powerful propulsion of the hind limb
. Tarsus is
robust, with the point of the hock very prominent.
Hocks are strong,
almost cylindrical and vertical, without dewclaws.
Hind feet: Similar to forefeet, although somewhat smaller and
slightly longer, maintaining the same characteristics.
GAIT / MOVEMENT
: Agile and firm; with noticeable
modification when showing interest in something, changing into an
alert attitude and responding with quick reflexes,
typical for this
breed. Calm when walking; trot is extended, with good front
suspension and powerful rear propulsion. At gallop
, the dog shows
all of its energy, fully displaying its power. The
movement is agile
and firm when walking, trotting or galloping. Should be harmonious
and balanced showing a solid body construction. Ambling (pacing) is
not accepted and is considered a serious fault.
: Homogeneous, thick but elastic. The semi-loose
subcutaneous tissue is elastic, without wrinkling,
except on the
throat, where the subcutaneous tissue is more lax.
Lips and eyelids
pigmented in black are preferred. Black pigmented skin is not
Hair: Uniform, short, smooth, with an average length of 1.5 to 2 cm.
Density and thickness vary according to climate.
Colour: Entirely white. Only one black or dark-coloured patch on the
skull, but which can also be located on one ear or
around one eye.
The size of the spot must be in proportion to the size of the head, not
exceeding 10% of the latter. Comparing two dogs of
the whiter should be preferred.
SIZE AND WEIGHT:
Height at the withers:
Dogs: 60 to 68 cm.
Bitches: 60 to 65 cm.
Ideal height: Dogs: 64 to 65 cm.
Bitches: 62 to 64 cm.
Males: 40 to 45 kg.
Bitches: 40 to 43 kg.
FAULTS: Any departure from the foregoing points should be
considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be
regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect
upon the health and welfare of the dog and its ability to perform its
• Lack of bone and muscle development (weakness).
• Nose partially pigmented in adults specimens.
• Small, weak or unhealthy teeth.
• Entropion, ectropion.
• Eyes of round appearance due to the shape of the eyelids, bulging eyes, light or yellow.
• Barrel chest.
• Keel chest. Flat ribs.
• Lack of depth of chest, which does not reach the level of the elbows.
• Lack of angulation on the limbs.
• Croup higher than withers.
• Ambling movement (pacing).
• Males and females whose weight does not comply with the official valid standard and not in proportion to the size of the dog.
• Aggressive or overly shy.
• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
• Over or undershot mouth.
• Lack of type.
• Long hair.
• Total lack of pigmentation of the nose in dogs aged 2 years or more.
• Brown nose.
• Pendulous lips.
• Spots on the hair of the body.
• More than one spot on the head.
• Height above or below the limits established in the standard.
• Eyes of different colour or blue.
• Lack of sexual dimorphism.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.