Rottweiler vs. Dogo Argentino: 6 Key Differences

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Written by Kristin Hitchcock

Published: September 12, 2023

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Both the Rottweiler and Dogo Argentino are large, powerful dogs that were originally bred for working purposes. They may look different on the outside, but they are surprisingly similar underneath. Choosing between them can be a bit of a challenge for this reason!

Luckily, it doesn’t have to be challenging. These dogs are actually very different. It’s important that you choose the right dog for your family, as they have differing needs and care requirements.

Below, we’ll take a look at some of the biggest differences between the Rottweiler and Dogo Argentino.

Rottweiler vs. Dogo Argentino: Size and Weight

These dogs do differ substantially in size and weight. While both are big dogs, just how big varies. The Rottweiler is slightly larger than the Dogo Argentino. Male Rottweilers can weigh between 85 and 135 pounds, while females weigh between 75 and 115 pounds.

On the other hand, the Dogo Argentino only weighs around 80 to 100 pounds for males and 65 to 90 pounds for females.

While the lower end for both dogs is very similar, the Rottweiler can weigh up to 135 pounds at their largest. The Dogo Argentino only weighs a maximum of 100 pounds. Therefore, they may be similarly sized in many cases, but Rottweilers have the potential to get much bigger.

Rottweiler vs. Dogo Argentino: Height

The Rottweiler is also slightly taller. Males can stand at 24 to 27 inches, and females can stand at 22 to 25 inches.

On the other hand, the Dogo Argentino has a slightly shorter height of 24-26.5 inches for males and 24-25.5 inches for females.

Once again, smaller Rottweilers will be the same height as the Dogo Argentino. However, there is a chance that Rottweilers will get much larger.

Rottweiler vs. Dogo Argentino: Coat

These dogs have very different coat colorations and textures.

The Rottweiler has a short, thick coat that comes almost exclusively in black with tan markings.

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Rottweilers have a black and tan coat exclusively, though the amount of tan markings can vary.

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On the other hand, the Dogo Argentino has a short, smooth coat that almost exclusively comes in all white. Some may have black spots, but this isn’t considered desirable.

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Dogo Argentino’s coat is generally white.

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Rottweilers tend to have a thicker coat that sheds more. However, both breeds do have shorter coats. It’s the texture that’s the main difference.

Rottweiler vs. Dogo Argentino: Temperament

The Rottweiler is known for being a loyal and protective dog. They are also known for being intelligent and easy to train. However, they can be aggressive towards strangers if not properly socialized and trained.

The Dogo Argentino is also a loyal and protective dog, but they are known for being more independent and stubborn than the Rottweiler. They can also be aggressive towards other dogs, so early socialization and training is essential.

Both dog breeds require significant socialization. However, the Rottweiler tends to be easier to train. Therefore, Rottweilers are often better for newer dog owners, while experienced owners can consider the Dogo Argentino.

Rottweilers vs. Dogo Argentino: Lifespan

The Rottweiler has a lifespan of 8 to 11 years, while the Dogo Argentino has a lifespan of 9 to 15 years. Both have fairly similar lifespans. However, the Dogo Argentino has the possibility of living a bit longer than the Rottweiler.

Of course, a lot goes into the lifespan. How you care for the dog and the dog’s genetics play a huge role. You can extend your dog’s lifespan by providing preventative vet care and choosing a quality breeder.

Rottweiler vs. Dogo Argentino: Health

These dogs are fairly similar when it comes to their health. Both breeds are prone to joint problems, like hip dysplasia, as they are very large. Luckily, there are tests that can be run on potential breeding dogs before they are bred to determine the likely joint health of their puppies.

Select a breeder that performs these tests and produces dogs without joint problems. Furthermore, you should feed your puppy dog food formulated for larger dogs, as these contain the nutrients necessary for these bigger canines.

How Are Rottweilers and Dogo Argentinos Similar?

Of course, these dogs aren’t completely different from each other. In fact, they are similar in several ways.

For instance, both breeds require a lot of exercise. They should be walked for at least 2 hours a day, and many will enjoy playing fetch or going on hikes. They are both very intelligent, as well. Many require mental stimulation to help them starve of boredom. Plan on investing in plenty of interactive toys.

Both breeds are prone to pretty similar health problems, so it’s important to take them to the vet for regular checkups. Both benefit from choosing a quality breeder, which can help prevent health problems.

These breeds are also large and powerful, so they can be dangerous if not properly trained. It is important to start training them as puppies and to be consistent with the training.

Which Breed Is Right for You?

Picking between these two breeds largely depends on your personal needs and lifestyle. If you’re looking for a dog that is easier to train, then a Rottweiler may be your best option. These dogs are also protective and loyal, so they make a good choice for dog owners looking for a guard dog.

Dogo Argentinos are also loyal and protective. However, they are more independent and take less well to training. Therefore, they are best for those who already have some dog training under their belt.

Both dogs require significant socialization and training. Therefore, they are best for those with previous experience owning dogs. You also need to have plenty of time on your hands, as these dogs require more work than more laidback breeds. Because they are naturally protective, socialization plays a key role in helping them become well-behaved dogs.

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Kristin is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering dogs, cats, fish, and other pets. She has been an animal writer for seven years, writing for top publications on everything from chinchilla cancer to the rise of designer dogs. She currently lives in Tennessee with her cat, dogs, and two children. When she isn't writing about pets, she enjoys hiking and crocheting.

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