Besides the initial cost of a Dogo Argentino puppy, expect to spend well over $1000 in expenses the
first year alone. This is regardless if your Dogo puppy was free or cost several thousand dollars.
A Dogo pup will eat between 4-6 cups/food/day & an adult will eat a minimum of 4 cups/day as well. A 35 lb
bag of food typically lasts 4 weeks.
I do not recommend feeding dog food w/corn. I've had the best success with Diamond's Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers
Soul ($33/35 lb) & with Natural Balance ($36/35 lbs). Other quality foods are California Natural & Innova --
also in the same $30 - $35 range.
Obedience training is also an ABSOLUTE MUST. Expect to pay an average of $100 per class you enroll in.
You'll also need puppy supplies. Crate training is recommended for the aid in housebreaking & keeping the pup
(and your home) safe while you are away. A folding wire crate is about $100, an airlines crate for a full grown dogo
is about $130 (some pet catalogs will have the prices about $40 lower)
1st Year Expenses
$33 x 12 = $396.00
shots & rabies
collar & leash
brush/nail clippers/grooming 35.00
Pet Insurance (recommended) 120.00
2 obedience classes
total = $1031.00
The above expenses do not include the following:
show expenses for 2 weekends 400.00
Or any health-related problems such as:
Vaginal infections (common in
female dogos under 6 mnths) 50.00
Also consider repair and replacment costs associated with any pup. Dogo puppies LOVE to chew on anything wood,
or that was once wood. Confining a puppy to a kitchen may result in chewed cabinets, chairs, tables, window sills.
Bitter Apple brand No Chew Spray works -- but must be re-applied often.
Dogo puppies also LOVE to dig & if not supervised, will dig up sprinkler systems, plants & even small trees.
I don't want to scare anyone off from wanting a wonderful Dogo Argentino -- I just want you to be prepared & know
what you are getting into.
Because I know what a challenge it is to raise a dogo puppy, ALL of my puppy owners can earn up to $400 back in rebates.
$100 for completing puppy kindergarten
$100 for passing the AKC CGC test
$150 for earning any dog sport title
$50 bonus if the title is w/AKC
My show pups are eligible for an additional $300 back for earning a CH title. $100 for first 2 titles (ARBA,
IABCA, FCI, Rarities, AKC or UKC) + an additional $100 if the title is w/AKC. As of 2011 Dogos can show in MISC. They
need 15 points to earn a Certificate of Merit which will transfer over as a CH title when full AKC recognition is granted.
The cost of the pups is as follows:
Pet Quality $900 - $1500 (must be spayed/neutered by 7 mnths)
Show Quality $2400.00
2005 Del Rio pups are eligible for $700 back in rebates -- regardless of their purchase
price. See details on the contract
Both of the pups parents have earned multiple CH titles, are in UKCs Top 10 for 2003 (verified at www.ukcdogs.com
) and are DNA profiled. Bri was the only female dogo in 2001 to have certified hips. Be sure to view Bri's OFA page
. Both parents are also proven producers of CH titled puppies from previous litters.