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Doberman vs Dogo Argentino?

Hi guys,

I'm currently in the market for a new guard dog for my property and I'm having trouble deciding between a Doberman and a Dogo Argentino. I've done some research on both breeds, but I'm still unsure which one would be a better fit for me and my family.

My main concern is the level of protection these dogs can offer, as well as their temperament and trainability. I want a dog that can be a loyal companion, but also has the ability to protect my property and loved ones if needed.

I live in a rural area, so my dog would have plenty of space to roam and exercise. However, I also have young children and other pets, so it's important that the dog is good with kids and other animals.

Has anyone had experience with either of these breeds? Which one do you think would be a better fit for my family and situation? Any advice or personal stories would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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Hi everyone,

I have experience with both Dobermans and Dogo Argentinos and I have to say, while both fantastic breeds, they are very different in terms of their temperament and training needs.

Dobermans are loyal and highly trainable, which makes them excellent guard dogs. They are protective by nature and make great watch dogs, but they can also be calm and affectionate with their owners. However, they can be quite high energy and can be a handful if you do not give them enough exercise or mental stimulation.

Dogo Argentinos, on the other hand, are bred as hunting dogs, and as such, they have a strong prey drive. They require a lot of early socialization and training to make them suitable for family life. They can be territorial, so introducing them to children and other pets when they are young is crucial to avoid future issues.

Both breeds are muscular and powerful but in different ways. Dobermans are more slender and agile, whereas Dogo Argentinos are heavier set and more imposing. So, it's really about what you are looking for exactly, a more lean but supremely loyal guard dog that is highly trainable or a big, muscular, and imposing dog with potential territorial tendencies that requires more attention to their socialization.

It's hard to go wrong with either breed, but you need to ensure you have done your research and prepared your home and family for the introduction of a new dog, especially if that dog is a strong-willed guard breed like a Doberman or a Dogo Argentino.


Hi there,

I have personal experience owning a Doberman and I can confidently say that they are excellent guard dogs. My Doberman was protective of our family and property, but also had a great temperament and was great with kids and other pets. They are intelligent and highly trainable, which makes them great for obedience training and protection work.

However, I have also heard great things about Dogo Argentinos as guard dogs. I've never owned one myself, but I know they were originally bred for big game hunting and have a strong protective instinct. They are also known to be extremely loyal to their owners and good with children.

Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference and what you're looking for in a guard dog. If you want a breed that has a history of protection work and a strong prey drive, a Dogo Argentino might be a great fit for you. If you want a breed that is highly trainable and has a more submissive nature, a Doberman might be a better fit.

I would also recommend doing thorough research on both breeds and meeting with breeders or owners before making a decision. Good luck with your search!


Hey there,

I have personal experience owning a Dogo Argentino and I can say that it is an excellent guard dog that is perfect for families. They have a muscular build that makes them intimidating to strangers and can give their owners a sense of security. They are also fiercely loyal and protective of their family, which makes them a great fit for those who want a dog that will watch their back.

When it comes to temperament, Dogos are typically gentle and patient with kids and other pets if properly trained and socialized. However, they can be aggressive towards strangers or other animals if they perceive them as a threat to their family or territory. They are also intelligent and can be trained to perform commands, which makes them useful in different situations.

Dobermans, on the other hand, are also good guard dogs and have a reputation as being incredibly fast learners. They are energetic and love to play, which makes them great for keeping up with active families. But they may not be the best option for families with small kids or other pets as they can be quite protective and territorial, making them a bit unpredictable around children and other animals.

Overall, the choice between a Doberman and a Dogo Argentino will depend on what precisely you're looking for in a guard dog. However, both breeds are smart, loyal, and capable of protecting their homes and families.



I have no personal experience with either breed, but I worked as a veterinary technician and have observed both Dobermans and Dogo Argentinos in the clinic. From what I have observed and heard from owners, Dobermans are often quite sensitive and do not respond well to harsh training methods. On the other hand, Dogo Argentinos are more stoic and less prone to getting their feelings hurt. They can take a firm hand in training and will respond well to someone with confidence.

That being said, it is vital to remember that all dogs are individuals, and while breed traits can be helpful, it is impossible to make generalized judgments about a particular dog's behavior based solely on its breed.

Both breeds require a firm and consistent training approach from an early age to ensure they fit in well in a family setting. And, as previously stated, both require early and ongoing socialization to ensure they are safe and well-behaved around children, strangers, and other animals.

Before making a choice between Doberman or Dogo Argentino, it is crucial to ensure that you have a clear understanding of the breed, their characteristics and that you have the time, skills to provide proper training and socialization. Consulting with a reputable breeder and a professional trainer can go a long way in helping you make the right decision.

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