The rich grasslands (pampas) and the lack of natural predators allow the big increase of the wild boar population in Argentina. Due to the subtle subtropical climate, the sows may have three litters of up to ten piglets per year which makes the reproduction rapid. The wild boars are infamous for the extensive damage they do to crops and to orchards.
Traditional wild boar hunting in Argentina is not done with rifles or handguns. It is done in the traditional "monteria

criolla" style which involves tracking, chasing and catching the wild boar using dogs. In the traditional boar hunt, the hunter will jump on the boar and finish it off with a knife while the dogs are locked on with a terminal grip.

The best dog among those used for hunting wild boars and other country predators which can be found in the vast and heterogeneous areas of the Argentinean territory is El Dogo Argentino. Its harmony, balance and its excellent athletic muscles are ideal characteristics for enduring long trips in any weather conditions and then fighting fiercely with the pursued prey. He is capable of dazzling bursts of speed for short distances, but his forte is covering long distances at a gallop (hence the arched loins to give impetus at the gallop). Having cornered the boar, he must have enough strength in reserve to attack and hold a wild boar weighing up to 400 pounds.

Hunting with Dogo Pack

A pack of four to six Dogos is ideal. Hunting alone, the Dogo's courage will cause him great injury, if not certain death. His great athletic power, that allows him to get quickly out of earshot, combined with his scenting ability, hunting instinct, and finally his tenacity to fight to the death, provides a dangerous combination when hunting alone. That is the reason why the creators of the breed recommended hunting with a minimum of four Dogos. A pack of this size can hold a large wild boar until the hunter arrives to finish it off.

Silent Hunting

The close to medium range hunting suits the Dogo perfectly. Being silent on track, it is very hard to locate a Dogo catching a wild boar by sound alone when they may be distant in heavy brush.
Once the Dogo finds his prey, the strike is immediate - without making a sound and when the only sound might be the sound of the struggle.

Hunting with Dogos and Hounds

To compensate the Dogos's silent nature, the Hounds are often used to find a boar in the forests. Once they find it, they keep it bayed barking, and ideally, without trying to catch it. At this moment, Dogos are getting released, running directly to the sound of the bay, which makes it easy for a hunter to locate the engagement.
Another benefit of the hunting with a mixed pack is that there is a chance that a Dogo only pack might pick up separate trails and wind up getting on its own wild boar, and each be locked in a death struggle somewhere in the woods, fighting silently.

Picture at left: Jaque de Antares, owner: Marcelo Fernández, Argentina
Right: Atahualpa de Calfucura, bred and owned by Marcelo Fernández, Argentina - web site:
Done by IMS and Terzic