Despite his intimidating appearance, the Dogo Argentino is usually friendly, yet is also a vigilant guardian with a thunderous bark. Many people mistake the Dogo Argentino for a Pit Bull as they are similar in look. However, the Dogo Argentino is a separate breed that dates back to the 1920s. The Dogo, as he is affectionately called by fanciers of the breed, is not the best choice for a first time dog owner or for a family with small children.
They are an active breed that requires a lot of exercise and a strong leader. So, in your list of accessories and equipment for your Dogo Argentino, you’ll have to be very careful about the quality of the equipment you choose for him.
Factors to consider:
Size and weight:
Dogo Argentino has a tall and mighty figure.Male Dogo Argentinos stand 24-27 inches tall and weigh 80-100 pounds. Females are slightly smaller at 24-26 inches and 60-80 pounds. As puppies, Dogos weigh just 10-20 pounds.
For puppy Dogos, a large rectangular bed at least 36 inches long and 28 inches wide provides ample room to play and nap. Beds should have firm foam or sponge filling to support bone and joint development. Once grown, adult Dogos need a minimum of 42 inches long by 30 inches wide to fully stretch out. For extra large individuals exceeding 90 pounds, beds up to 50 inches long are ideal.
A good rest is necessary for your Dogo Argentino to regain its shape and sleep is a basic need. He will sleep an average of 10 to 12 hours a day! And the older he gets, the more time he will spend sleeping.
They prefer sleeping on their sides fully outstretched. Rarely will they curl up in tight balls. Ample bed length and width prevents their limbs from hanging over the edges while side sleeping. The large surface area also allows them to sprawl out for maximum comfort.
Materials and durability:
As big-game hunting dogs, Dogos require plenty of opportunities to vent their energy and do interesting things. Otherwise they will become rambunctious and bored, which they usually express by barking and destructive chewing on a massive scale. They do best with a durable, outdoor-grade bed able to withstand rugged use. Ballistic nylon or canvas resists digging, scratching and wear from an active dog. These hardy beds can also be used outdoors on camping trips or hunting excursions.
For outdoor summer use, nylon and canvas cot beds withstand exposure to sun, rain, and dirt. Bringing the cot inside during thunderstorms or at night protects the Dogo from harsh elements. Just hose down the mesh bed to clean.
With their substantial body mass, Dogo Argentinos require maximum joint support as they sleep. Orthopedic memory foam beds evenly distribute weight and keep the spine aligned. For energetic puppies, a firmer pad prevents excess sinking that can strain developing joints.
In warm climates or during summer months, Dogos need a breathable bed to prevent overheating their muscular frames. Elevated cot-style beds promote air circulation underneath and around the body. In cold winter weather, Dogos need ample insulation to retain body heat. Orthopedic memory foam beds conform to the body, trapping warm air inside. Waterproof quilted covers and removable fleece liners provide extra insulation against frozen ground. For elderly or sick Dogos vulnerable to chills, heated beds with chew-proof cords maintain a therapeutic temperature.
As primarily indoor pets, Dogos thrive on plush orthopedic beds. Open-cell foam relieves pressure on elbows and hips while preventing fur matting. For homes with wood or tile floors, a non-slip bottom prevents beds from sliding during dramatic flops!
For aging or injured Dogos, medical-grade orthopedic foam provides superior cushioning. Memory foam evenly distributes weight, reducing pressure points that can aggravate arthritis or dysplasia. Waterproof liners also keep orthopedic beds dry and odor-free.
Dogo Argentinos have short, dense coats that shed minimally. They rarely trigger allergies, so owners can use beds with or without removable covers. For easy cleaning from dirt or mud after outdoor adventures, machine washable covers are recommended.
In conclusion, Dogo Argentino owners must provide extra large, reinforced beds to suit this breed’s strength and proportions. Prioritizing orthopedic support and outdoor-grade durability provides a comfortable oasis where these powerful dogs can sleep soundly for years to come.