Why is the Dogo Argentino Banned in the UK?

Why is the Dogo Argentino Banned in the UK?Unlike the Japanese Tosa or Pit Bull, the Dogo Argentino is not a fighting dog. The Dogo Argentino is native to the province of Cordoba in the Mediterranean region of Argentina. The creator was Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez, an active surgeon whose work was based upon the methodical crossbreeding of the now extinct Cordoba (a breed of dog with great power and strength) which was the product of crossbreeding between Bull Dogs and Bull Terriers.   Dr Martinez purposely selected white dogs after a character study and selection through generations, his aim was to accomplish forming families from using the Cordoba crossed at first with the English Bull Dog, Great Dane, Pyrenean Mastiff, Bull Terrier, Boxer, Pointer, Dogue de Bordeaux and Irish Wolfhound. In 1947 the breed was finally created.   The Dogo Argentino’s strength, tenacity, sense of smell and bravery make it the best in a pack of dogs to hunt wild boars, peccaries, pumas and other predators of agriculture and livestock living in remote regions of Argentina.  

Dogo Argentino and the Dangerous Dogs Act

While it was bred for hunting, the qualities that made the Dogo Argentino so valued in bloodsports meant that when the breed arrived in the UK, it was at risk of being involved in dog fighting. Its popularity in fighting rings meant that the Dogo Argentino was included amongst the four types banned breeds found under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

Is the Dogo Argentino Dangerous?

Dogo Argentinos are valued because of their gentle, protective nature. If they are brought up well in their developmental stages, they make excellent and loving companions. They are known for being very loving towards humans. However, some breeders will tell you that they can get easily become upset from any threatening or challenging behaviour, so they need to be properly socialised from pups. If you can train a Dogo Argentino out of its more assertive tendencies, you’ll have a calm and loving companion for your home.

Can I Own a Dogo Argentino Type?

Provided your Dogo Argentino is listed on DEFRA’s index of exempt dogs, and you have the proper certification of exemption issued by the court, you can own a Dogo Argentino. You will need to prove to the court that you are a fit and proper person to own your dog, and that the dog does not pose a danger to the public. Provided this can be proved a contingent order can be granted by the court with a list of conditions to be followed for the remainder of the dog’s life. As of February 2018 there is currently 14 Dogo Argentino type dogs on the exemption register in the UK.

Can the Police Seize my Dogo Argentino?

Yes, if the police suspect your dog to be a prohibited breed they have the power to seize your dog for the dog to be assessed by a police dog legislation officer. Your dog does not to have to do anything wrong it is simply based solely on the features and characteristics of the dog itself.

What Can I Do If My Dog Gets Seized?

 If the police seize your dog, we recommend that you keep calm and do not sign anything. There have been rare but notable cases where the police have got dog owners to sign a document. The owners have obliged, only to find out later that the document essentially ‘gave’ the dog to the police fully, making them the owners – and giving them the authority to destroy their pet. The next thing you should do is call us, regardless of how upset you are. Our team of sympathetic experts are familiar with the process, and we’ll be able to help tell you what your options are. We’re committed to giving your four-legged friend every chance they can get when their case is taken to court. We’ve even had earlier cases where dogs have been returned to their owners before it’s gone as far as court. By choosing PAWS, you’re choosing a team of lawyers that will give your dog the very best defence and do all we can to get them home to you.