Choosing the right dog breed to bring home as your new friend and family member can be difficult. This is especially true when deciding between a Dogo Argentino or Doberman. Both of these dogs are strong, powerful, and known for their protective natures. However, what most people don’t realize is they are also loving and affectionate with their families. Let’s take an in-depth look at these amazing dogs so you can better determine which breed is meant to be a part of your growing family.
At a Glance
Dogo Argentino Overview
The Dogo Argentino breed was first developed in Cordoba, Argentina. This breed was purposefully bred by Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez in 1928 by mixing other large dog breeds. The goal was to create a dog breed that was powerful, versatile, and even-tempered for hunting. Originally, this breed’s prey included wild boar, puma, and even mountain lions. Over the years, however, their tenacity, trainability, and athletic prowess have earned them positions in law enforcement and even the military. The breed’s first recognition took place in 1973 at the Argentine Kennel Club. Dogo Argentinos began appearing in the United States around the same time but weren’t recognized by the American Kennel Club until recently in 2020.
Personality / Character
A stable temperament was the goal when the Dogo Argentino breed was created. While this breed is tenacious, powerful, and active they are also great with the right owner. They love to be playful and show their affection for their families. Unfortunately, they don’t do well with inexperienced owners as they need a firm hand and socialization due to their need to protect their families.
When it comes to training this breed, experience is key. If you are a novice with dogs, you may be better suited to choosing professional training for your Dogo Argentino. They are a highly intelligent breed but can show a bit of stubbornness. The key to successful training is to start at an early age and stay consistent.
Health & Care
Dogo Argentinos are relatively healthy dogs. However, like with any dog breed, choosing a reputable breeder that can share information on their lineage and the potential for illnesses is a must. Like other large dog breeds, they are susceptible to certain issues like hip dysplasia. To ensure your Dogo Argentino stays happy and healthy, you should ensure they receive proper nutrition, lots of exercise, and routine visits to the veterinarian to receive vaccinations and other needed care.
Dogo Argentinos are best suited for families with lots of space to allow them to run and be active. You couldn’t call this dog breed a couch potato by any means. They need an owner that is active and willing to spend a lot of time engaging in activities. This dog breed is also not for novice dog owners. They require a lot of consistent training to be successful in the home.
The Doberman was bred to protect. In 19th century Germany, during a time when tax collecting could be a dangerous job, Louis Dobermann decided he needed some additional protection while working. Both a dog breeder and tax collector, Dobermann decided he wanted a breed that would be loyal, intimidating, and strong. By taking several large dog breeds at the time and crossbreeding, the Doberman was born. Known for its intelligence and skills, the Doberman made its way to America in the early 1900s. By 1908, the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club. Considered a working dog, the Doberman has been used by law enforcement, the military, and even as a search and rescue dog. Their loyalty and easy trainability have also made them great service dogs.
Personality / Character
The Doberman is best known for its guard dog ability. Yes, they are fiercely protective of their families, but that doesn’t mean these dogs are always on the job. Dobermans love to spend time showing their families affection. They will run and play or cuddle if that’s what you are in the mood for. This breed will also be at your side at a moment’s notice if they feel you are in need.
The Doberman is a highly intelligent dog breed that does quite well with training. Consistency, praise, and rewards can make training sessions successful but a Doberman’s need to please its owners is a huge key to its ability to learn. This breed does well with both new and experienced pet owners. Keep in mind, however, that training with a Doberman should start at an early age to ensure success for both owners and dogs.
Health & Care
Dobermans are considered a relatively healthy dog breed. As with the Dogo Argentino, however, the key is choosing a reputable breeder that has ensured a healthy lineage. This active dog needs proper nutrition, care, and exercise to stay healthy. As a large breed, they are susceptible to certain issues like hip dysplasia. The most concerning health issues for Dobermans are Dilated Cardiomyopathy, an inherited disease that weakens and damages the heart, and Von Willebrand Disease which is carried by 70% of Dobermans but isn’t always active. This disease causes issues with the clotting of their blood.
Fortunately, Dobermans do well in almost any situation. They can adapt to life in a large home with lots of open spaces or a small apartment as long as they are with their owners. This breed is extremely loving and loyal to its families and wants nothing more than to take part in the activities you love. Both new and experienced dog owners can be successful when bringing a Doberman into their home.
Which Breed Is Right for You?
Both Dogo Argentinos and Dobermans are amazing and powerful dogs. These breeds are loyal, loving, and can be fiercely protective. The key to choosing the right one, however, depends on your circumstances. If you are a novice dog owner, the Dogo Argentino could be difficult to handle as the Doberman is the easier breed to train. You should also keep your living situation and activity level in mind as the Dogo Argentino requires a lot of activity and room to show off its power and strength. The Doberman is more adaptable to your situation. No matter which breed you choose, keep in mind that both of these dog breeds were bred as working and protective dogs. Early training and socialization are a must for them to be successful.
Featured Image Credit: Dogo Argentino (Grisha Bruev, Shutterstock) | Doberman (goldeneden, Shutterstock)