The Original Standard 

Written by Antonio Nores Martinez Translated By Joshua Faulkner

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 Standard for the Dogo Argentino

Skull:  Massive, Convex in the anterior-posterior sense, and transversely because of             the relief of the masticating muscles and of the nape,

Face:  Of the same length as the skull. That is to say that the line that unites the                two orbital protuberances of the frontal bone is equidistant from the occiput            and the alveolar edge of the upper jaw. 

Eyes:  Dark, cloaked by eyelids, trimmed black or plain. The separation between                  them must be great. Lively and intelligent gaze, but with a marked hardness

          at the same time.

Jaws:  Well adapted, without prognatism, strong. With teeth well implanted and                  large.

Nose:  Strongly pigmented black with a light stop at the end.  Ample nasal openings.

Ears:​   On top of the head, erect or semi erect, in the form of a triangle. They must            always be presented cropped.

Lips:​   Well turned up, suspended, with free edges pigmented in black. It demands a            pretty short lip because when the dog is apprehending prey, it can also                    breathe by the rear lip corner. If the lip is pendulous, even if the jaw is fairly            long, it comes to make an inhalation valve and closes the corner of the lips              of which impedes the animal from a supplementary respiration by the mouth            while holding prey, having to release due to asphyxia as it happens in the                  Mastiff.

Occiput:​ It must not be in relief because the powerful muscles in the nape efface it               completely, being the insertion of the head and neck form an arc.

Neck:  Thick, arched, svelte with the skin of the neck very thick. Having wrinkles                 like the Mastiff and not tight like that of the Bull Terrier. This elasticity of                the skin on the neck...

Chest:   Ample and Profound, with the sensation of possessing great lungs.  Viewed 

            from the front, the sternum must reach just below the elbows.

Withers:  Tall, very strong, with great muscular relief.  

Thorax:   Ample, viewed from the side its lower edge passes the elbow.

Topline:​  Higher in the withers and slanting to the croup in a smooth slope. In adult               animals, when the muscular development of the withers and loin is good,                 seen from the profile, they look like armrests and present a center channel               the length of the topline, due to the relief of the spinal muscles.

​Paws:    Straight, vertical with short, consolidated toes. 

Loins:    Covered by the dorsal muscles.

Hindquarters:​   Very muscular thighs, with short hocks, and consolidated toes.                                  Absent of the dew claw

Tail:      Long, carried in an arc with ample upward curvature.  During the fight it is              carried high with continuous lateral movement, like the happiness of                        greeting its loved ones. The length we should try to shorten to improve                    overall harmony. for which which should lend preference to those whose                  tail does not reach the hock.

Coat:​    Entirely white, we can tolerate only one dark or black spot on the eye or on              the head ahead of the ears.  All spots on other places of the body must be               disqualified as an atavistic character trait. White dogs with heavily                           pigmented skin must be considered examples not apt for breeding, for this               recessive trait that shows can become predominant in offspring if it is                     paired with another with the potential for this defect.

Motives for Disqualification:  Light eyes, deafness, spots on the body, long hair, blank nose, prognatism (one jaw passing the other), pendulous lips, overall body disproportion.