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The Joys of Owning a Dogo Argentino

(and why we should all have one once in our lives)

Written by: David Van Kirk

Photos by: Allison Van Kirk

I’ve always wanted a dog, my own dog as long as I could remember. For years, I didn’t have the facilities to own a dog. I was either in the Navy, or in college, or just relocating and focusing on my career. But finally in 2012:

My First Dog:

Olga Carol Van Kirk didn’t come into my life until I was in my late 30’s.

This is the first known photo of Olga taken by her breeders in North Georgia.

Olga was a mixed breed: American Bulldog and Dogo Argentino. She was born with a heart defect, so we took her with the intentions of getting her to adulthood and performing any necessary surgery to make her as healthy as possible.

For more on each breed; see the respective Wikipedia page:

Olga was a very happy, playful but at times passive dog. She wasn’t in the best of health with her heart condition and she would often let other dogs in her pack be the leader.

Here Olga is resting on the couch with Sammi Davis Jr. Jr. – her pack mate of the same age.

Due to her weakened heart, Olga would have to rest between play periods.

This doesn’t mean we didn’t have fun however; she was a very festive dog:

Olga the Christmas Princess

Olga the cowgirl

Olga wasn’t always happy with her outfits:

It’s not lighting, the miniature Dachshund is really evil and Olga doe not like the tiara.

But sadly we lost Olga. Two weeks after corrective heart surgery on to repair a faulty valve, I lost my first ever dog. She was gentle, loving, and taken so early. She was a few weeks past two years old.

Olga had a distinctive brown ear which made her stick out versus other Dogo Argentino dogs.

The breed (or in this case the mix of Dogo and American Bulldog) were used for hunting boars in Northern Georgia, being guard dogs, or just being a good family pet. The breeds are very adaptable to their environment and easy to train.

Heartbroken, our family decided we would eventually get another dog; but this one would be 100% Dogo Argentino.

A little over one year later, we welcomed this new dog into our lives:

Pocha de Las Pampas was born in Royal Palm Beach, Fl and took a long car ride back to Kennesaw, GA on Oct 17, 2015.

Pocha makes herself at home in our house in Kennesaw:

Pocha always preferred rope toys, even at an early age.

She also liked teething on Water Buffalo horns.

She cuddled with the same stuffed animals Olga did.

And Olga made the same friends too. Here, Sammi Davis Jr. Jr. has become accepting of her new sister.

Here is Pocha during her first Christmas. She grew by about 30lbs in three months.

She did have an issue attacking the Christmas Tree and eating ornaments her first Christmas. She would get the ornaments confused with tennis balls.

Pocha, who had a normal heart, was much healthier than Olga. This also made her more playful and mischievious.

Is she laughing?

Are we sleeping or are we going to play?

She was, and still to this day, is not a shy dog at all.

So, whacha eating? Feel like sharing?

Like most dogs, Pocha never understood her size and that she was growing up.

Could you get a bigger one of these please?

Dogo Argentino dogs have a natural beauty to them. They are strong, eligant, and willing to stand their ground bravely.

She matches the Audi A6 – almost like an accessory. Both are luxurious.

As of this publication, she is now 2 ½ years old, healthy and is looking forward to becoming a mother of her own Dogo Argentino puppies in the future.

Pocha hanging out on the couch.

Pocha looking and listening for her Grandma in the living room.

And we couldn’t be happier with her in our life! We love you Pocha!

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