Dogo Argentino Prices in 2024: Purchase Cost, Vet Bills, and More!

Written by Alanna Davis
Published: March 2, 2024
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If you’ve decided to welcome a Dogo Argentino into your home, this can be a very exciting time. However, for many families, budgeting for a new pet can feel stressful and take some of the fun out of the process. If this is the case for you, allow this guide to help you plan accordingly so that you’re completely prepared. Let’s explore current prices for Dogo Argentino puppies in 2024 and discuss other expenses that owners can expect to pay during the first year after bringing one home.

Dogo Argentino: a Brief Overview

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On average, Dogo Argentinos will live to be between 10 and 15 years old.

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As their name suggests, Dogo Argentinos originated in Argentina. According to the American Kennel Club, “The breed was willed into being in the mid-1920s by a teenager who not only had a vision of the ultimate big-game hunting dog bounding across Argentina‚Äôs wide-ranging grasslands in pursuit of wild boar and puma, but also, coming from a family of privilege, had the resources to accomplish this in a relatively compressed period of time.” Throughout the years, Dogo Argentinos have been in high demand for a variety of reasons. In addition to being loving, loyal family dogs, this breed has also found success in the workforce.

How Much Does a Dogo Argentino Puppy Cost?

The white puppy Dogo Argentino sitting in grass.

The Dogo Argentino is the national dog of Argentina.

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The purchase price of a Dogo Argentino puppy varies based on two primary factors: location and pedigree of the dog. However, most buyers can expect to pay somewhere between $1,000 and $4,000. Although this might seem like a lot of money, prospective buyers are cautioned to stay away from sellers advertising puppies for sale well below this threshold. This is often an indicator that the breeder is engaging in unethical behavior and failing to perform proper genetic testing. Individuals who are interested in a more affordable option should consider adoption. This process typically costs between $50 and $300.

Other Factors That Influence the Purchase Price of a Dogo Argentino

As with any breed, the reputation of your breeder will play a huge role in their pricing. Breeders who have a long history of customer satisfaction usually charge more for their services. In a world where puppy mills and backyard breeders are running rampant, it’s usually worth it to pay the premium that ethical breeders charge. It allows the buyer to have some peace of mind that their puppy is healthy. In addition, many breeders offer some type of health guarantee stating that if their puppies are sick, the buyer will become eligible for monetary compensation or a replacement animal. In addition, if your Dogo Argentino receives any specialized training before purchase this can also drive the price towards the higher end of the range.

Cost of Vaccination and Other Medical Expenses for Dogo Argentinos

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It is important to socialize Dogo Argentino puppies early on in life.

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Depending on the breeder you purchase your Dogo Argentino from, they may have already gotten their first set of vaccinations before you bring them home. However, if they did not, new owners can expect to pay about $100 for their initial shots. During this appointment, owners should ask their veterinarian to perform an initial health screening on their new puppy in order to detect any underlying health issues for an additional $75. Before you leave, you can also request that your Dogo Argentino be microchipped. This procedure is non-invasive, painless, and very affordable at roughly $50.

Cost of Food and Supplies for Dogo Argentinos

At maturity, many Dogo Argentinos will grow to weigh somewhere between 90 and 110 pounds. According to petMD, dogs of this size should be eating 4.5 cups of food or more per day. This means that, on average, it will cost between $25 and $85 per month to feed your dog. Where the price falls within this range will depend on the brand you pick and if your dog has any special dietary needs. Wet food, dog treats, raw diets, and prescription diets will drive this price even higher. In certain cases, owners can spend $200 or more on food per month. Talk to your vet about your Dogo Argentino’s specific needs to formulate a diet that works best for them.

How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Dogo Argentino

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Dogo Argentinos were originally bred to be hunting dogs.

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Dogo Argentinos are generally a very healthy breed. Despite this, there are certain health conditions owners should be aware of that may impact them in the future. Glaucoma, deafness, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and laryngeal paralysis are the most common among them. Many owners will want to consider getting pet insurance as a safety net in the event of a medical emergency. Depending on the coverage you want, prices can range between $30 and $70 per month.

How Much Does It Cost to Train a Dogo Argentino

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Dogo Argentinos are a powerful and athletic breed. They need one to two hours of exercise per day.

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It’s no secret that Dogo Argentinos are among the smartest of breeds. These dogs have the capacity to understand and memorize a variety of different complex commands. Because of this, they have found work in both the police force and the military. However, these dogs do just as well within the home, and many go on to become excellent guard dogs and service animals. Dogo Argentinos can make excellent family dogs. In order to ensure this, it is important to socialize them early to ensure they are not reactive towards young children or smaller animals. If you’re not interested in doing any specialized training, owners should be able to teach their dogs everything they need to know themselves with a bit of time and effort.

Owners interested in teaching their Dogo Argentino to become a working animal may have to take them to professional training classes. These lessons should begin as soon as you bring your puppy home for the first time. Each class will cost between $50 and $80, and experts recommend that they are trained at least once weekly for about a year to ensure they fully grasp the material they learn.

Final Thoughts

Dogo Argentinos are excellent animals that can serve a variety of different purposes within a home. Some owners are looking for a working dog, while others are happy to have a companion to lounge on the couch with. Luckily, the Dogo Argentino is able to fulfill both of those roles and many more. If you’ve decided to purchase one, you can expect to pay around $5,000 during the first year after you bring your puppy home. After this, each following year will be much more affordable, with owners paying about $1,200 annually.

The photo featured at the top of this post is © GeptaYs/Shutterstock.com

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About the Author

Alanna is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering insects, animals, and travel. In addition to writing, she spends her time tutoring English and exploring the east end of Long Island. Prior to receiving her Bachelor's in Economics from Stony Brook University, Alanna spent much of her time studying entomology and insect biology.

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