We appreciate all you have done and continue to do to help make the transition of bringing Barkley into our home so smooth. We are so pleased with our experience with Schaffer Dogo Kennel! Barkley has proven to be nothing short of intelligent (at 11 weeks he is able to easily follow commands such as sit, down, watch me, leave it, shake, come and stay. He is also kennel trained with very minimal accidents in our home from day 1). He is gentle and getting along very well with our tiny pup as well!! I would advise that this breed is a breed that responds well to consistency in routine and training, we spend 1-2 hours a day training and have had great results. Mr. Jeff and his family were always kind and helpful; but most importantly honest. We could not be happier with our new pup and the relationship we have built with the Schaffers!

The Elkins Family

I first spoke to Jeff Schaffer in October 2017. After extensive research, I chose a couple of kennels and sent messages via websites. Jeff was the first to contact me; he contacted me the same day I sent the message. (When another ranch later contacted me, I told them I was sticking with Schaffer. The other ranch said I made an excellent choice.)

I was a first time Dogo owner. Since I was new to the Dogo world, Jeff instructed me to watch several videos to learn about the breed and to ensure a Dogo would be a good fit for my household/family. Jeff is serious about his business, but he is not in business to sell Dogos. He loves his breed but is not mass producing for a profit. Schaffer Ridge produces maybe two litters a year. He is absolutely passionate about the Dogo, not the profit.

In addition to videos and reading material, he put me in touch with another Dogo owner named Samantha. I assume she was there to help Jeff make the decision because she asked very smart questions and answered all of mine.

She was a first time Dogo owner once and Jeff and his family helped her every step of the way. I instantly felt like family when I spoke to Samantha and our conversation lasted for no less than one hour (probably more but I can’t remember.)

Even though Jeff and his community felt like either an exclusive club or tight-knit family, I do not think I appreciated the situation until I had Kyra. I am a US Navy retired K9 Handler (Master-at-Arms) and mostly worked with German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois (mostly GS.) The Dogo, more importantly, a Schaffer Ridge Dogo, is a different breed. Jeff tried to explain this to me, but I could not grasp the concept until I had Kyra. Although extremely trainable, she makes her own decisions. She is not obedient because I conditioned her; I could see her think about a command. I have been around many smart dogs in my life but the Dogo amazes me and is in a category all its own. She thinks for herself but is also very sensitive to her owner’s commands. She does not want to ever disappoint us.

My veterinarian was very impressed the first time I brought Kyra for an evaluation. He primarily deals with large farm animals but still treats dogs and cats. The first time I walked in with Kyra, he said, “Well that’s a fine-looking boar hunter if I ever did see one.” Normally, he is very soft spoken, so he must have been surprised. None of the other employees in the office recognized the breed. When she was about ten months old, an associate veterinarian asked what kind of Dogo was Kyra. He asked because he had never seen a Dogo (they have nine that are patients) so purely pink and purely white.

I have heard several times over the past year that Kyra is a superior Dogo. It has taken a while for me to understand what is meant by superior but when you see it, you cannot forget it. Jeff’s La Cocha bloodline is truly perfection. I HIGHLY recommend Schaffer Ridge Dogo Kennel if you want a quality dog. There is no doubt in my mind that when I am ready for my next Dogo, I will contact Jeff.

I would welcome any questions you have about my experience with Schaffer Ridge or a puppy Dogo. My email is mrenner357@gmail.comFeel free to contact me anytime.

Melissa M. Renner

I live west of Boston MA and have owned a Dogo for 10+ years. My wife and I started planning our second Dogo given the age of our first. I was referred to Schaffer Ridge as my previous breeder moved out of country. It takes a lot of trust and faith to feel comfortable buying a puppy from a stranger 900 miles away. My initial judgment of Jeff painted a picture of an individual that was honest and genuinely devoted to the Dogo Argentino breed. Jeff was in the planning phase of his next litter. He was very organized and explained his process including references. He was clearly interested in protecting the breed – I would walk away from any breeder that doesn’t ask for references.

I made it clear to Jeff that I was looking for a family Dogo with good disposition as it would be around small children. The main function of this Dogo was running partner family pet. We had a few more conversations and I committed mailing him a deposit.

Puppies were born and Jeff provided excellent details about the progress each week. On puppy pick up day, Jeff picked me up at airport, introduced me to puppy (Phoebe), and we had breakfast. I had a great opportunity to speak to Jeff and his wife about whom they are, where they come from, what is important etc.

My initial gut judgment/feeling was 100% correct. Jeff and wife are outstanding individuals. His word is bond. His Dogo’s are superior. I have been more and more impressed each time I speak with him. I will be buying my next Dogo in 5 years from Schaffer Ridge Dogo Kennels. I would be happy to speak with anyone as a reference to Schaffer Ridge Dogo’s “Matthewcallander @ yahoo dot com”.

Matt Callander

First I want to say that you will not meet a better man than Jeff Schaffer. I first bought a Dogo Argentino from a man in Anderson, Greenville and Belton SC. Don’t even consider getting a Dogo from anyone else. I repeat do not get a puppy from anyone else.

The first puppy a received from him had my Mom pinned on the couch portraying extreme aggression. I took that puppy back and got another one. I raised this puppy to nine months. He eventually portrayed aggression as well.

I have known Jeff for about three years and I finally got a male Dogo pup from him and I could not be more pleased. Cash is extremely calm and has already bonded to me and my family. I have always had English Labs and this puppy has the disposition of a lab. If you are considering getting a Dogo you have found the one and only place to get a pup from. Jeff is a man with the greatest respect of the breed.

It was a pleasure dealing with Jeff. Jeff and I will be friends for life. If you have any questions regarding my experience with Jeff Schaffer please feel free to call me 803-804-3396. Jeff, I can`t thank you enough for giving me the opportunity to have Cash.

Kendol Hoagland

Joy the Dogo Argentino Puppy

As I was looking into this amazing breed I also started to look for a good Kennel/breeder really close to me (I live in Orlando FL), as I was captivated by the beautiful form of this breed. I would spend days and nights looking and browsing thru the internet, sending emails, sowing hours in my quest of finding the right place to buy a companion Dogo Puppy.

I received several answers via email from different Kennels and Dogo Argentino owners that only wanted my money, most of them didn’t care what I was looking for (hunter, guard or companion dog) most will say it’s all the same, however it is really sad to say that some people could care less about who you are, as they don’t really take time to get to know what you are really looking for, why did you get interested in the breed and so forth. I noticed that everyone was just breeding their dogs and trying to produce a product to get a quick buck, until I sent an email to Schaffer Ridge Kennel, and of course you put your phone number down your email address and I SAW what is that I AM you looking for (companion, hunter or guard dog) this gave a bit of peace of mind.

I then was contacted by the man behind the Schaffer ridge Kennel; Mr. Jeff Schaffer himself took the time to ask me just about everything about me and my family we spoke for over 45 minutes just to see if I was going to be able to handle such a beautiful and powerful force, right then and there I knew that my search for the perfect Kennel had come to an end as Mr. Schaffer took the time to answer every question I had.

The waiting list is a period that builds up character on an individual as you go into a time of waiting for the new puppy to be born. I took this time to read as many books and watch as many documentaries and videos in YouTube as I could, as we waited (my family and I). Mother nature played with the emotions twice as the 2 Dogo Argentinos ladies that we thought were pregnant were NOT, and we kept on waiting, soon after Mr. Jeff brought a Dogo female from La Cocha, cordoba and shortly after she GOT pregnant. In no time she had the puppies and as always the timing of The Lord is perfect 8 weeks later, I was picking up the little one on my Bday, at Schaffer’s camp!

I did wait quite sometime however, Mr. Schaffer was always keeping us in the loop of the events and always sharing every little detail that went on the Kennel, he made me see that he really doesn’t do it for the money (as he didn’t have to say it), I came to realized that he is very passionate about the breed and the standard, I would recommend him and his Kennel to everyone that really wants a real DOGO Argentino he treated me and my family with respect I can’t say enough words of thanksgiving for such an amazing individual,

We might do this again very very soon,

Gustavo Portalanza

My dogs name is Argus. He is three years old – birthday September 24, 2010, second litter Uzi and Luga – he was the runt of the litter. He’s now a height of 27 inches, with a weight of 90 lbs.

I received him when he was 2 ½ months old. Argus quickly bonded with the family and is standoffish to strangers’. He does not need to be patted by guest visiting our home. He is happy to go for walks and play outside, and can be dog friendly if properly introduced to new dogs. He learns new tricks, and wants to take part in family activities.

He enjoys going for rides in the car and will lay in the back seat if you run into a store, without sticking his head out the window and barking at people. He is a dog that needs to be run everyday, and enjoys trips to the beach and woods. A bored Dogo is a dog about to get in trouble. I have known Jeff Schaffer for 20 years and have played/hunted with his Dogo’s at the Schaffer Ridge Dogo Kennel since he bought his first dog back from Argentina.

He wants to keep the breed as the Martinez family breed the dog (hunter/protectors), and has brought new dogs up from Argentina to improve the breed. I would recommend these dogs to some one who has a lot of time and energy to invest in training a large strong willed dog.

Matt Mattoon

My dog Remi is now 3 years old. I received her when she was 8 weeks old. We were not suppose to get her until 10 weeks because Jeff was going to take the litter down to Florida to get their ears cropped and their hearing tested.

Jeff knew how excited we were to bring her home so he let us pick her up two weeks early. He was nice enough to offer to swing by and pick her up on his way to Florida. We have 3 others dogs and two small children so we wanted to socialize her as soon as possible. She fit right in from the very first day, but we noticed she was the best sleeping puppy we had ever seen.

As I got to spend some individual time with her away for the other dogs I started to worry she couldn’t hear. I called Jeff and spoke with him about it. Since she was given the title of “Pick of the Litter” by the vet, Jeff was very concerned.

He gave me some advice on different ways to check her hearing. It turned out that she was born completely deaf, but is so intelligent and alert that it was only noticeable when she would not wake up for any sound.

Jeff was just as devastated as we were to find out the bad news. He offered to return my money or give me another puppy from the litter. I had no idea what was required of training a deaf puppy but I knew that if I didn’t take on the responsibility she would likely be put down.

So after discussing this with my family I decided that I had chosen her to be part of our family a month ago. When I first went to see the litter I had a choice of any of the puppies, and I chose her. So regardless of her hearing issues she was ours to love and take care of.

The next day Remi and I rode up to Camp Schaffer to pay the remainder of the balance I owed Jeff and to inform him of our decision to keep her. When I told him what we had decided to do he was worried about the training issues but was very pleased that we were willing to do the work to give Remi a good life.

Instead of taking the rest of my payment Jeff gave me my initial deposit back and said to use the money to get her the necessary tools and training to make sure she is a happy well behaved dog. Jeff has also kept in touch with us over the years to check in on the family.

I am pleased to say keeping Remi was one of the best decisions I have ever made. She is better trained then any of our other dogs (they all have perfect hearing). She has almost 40 hand commands and unless I bring it up nobody has any idea that she is deaf.

She loves to hunt, plays on the beach, swims in the river, rides on the boat, chases me on mountain bike rides, and goes on daily runs with no leash. In dealing with Schaffer Ridge Kennels I thought I was just buying a dog, instead I ended up adopting a new family member from a man I now consider a friend.

I don’t even know how to explain the love I have for Remi. With all the time I have spent training her, I still end up being the one learning. She has taught me how important it is to know the difference between listening and paying attention.

I always thought I was a good listener but I have learned that paying attention is far more important. It’s crazy that a deaf dog taught me so much about being a good husband and a father. So needless to say there aren’t any words to describe the love I have for Remi. I have to say it has been a Great experience dealing with Jeff and Schaffer Ridge Kennels.

Whit Cubbage

We are so happy with our new Dogo (Duke). This is our second Dogo from Schaffer Ridge. Jeff has always been kind, direct, and firm. He will always ensure that the dogos are placed in the best homes with the right people. He also ensures that each person knows exactly what to expect from a dogo.

This second experience with Schaffer Ridge showed us how generous and kind-hearted the Schaffers truly are. Our first dogo(Trooper) had just past away from cancer. My entire family was upset including my 2 yr old who kept asking when is Trooper coming back?

I spoke with Jeff about the situation at hand and with no hesitation, he placed us on the list to receive a dogo. The experience is always great when communicating with the Schaffers. We are looking forward to our next Dogo to add to our family in the near future.

Solomon Davis

Looking for the right family dog can be a challange. My fiance’ and I finally agreed on a Dogo Argentino. We researched numerous breeders and were not satisfied with what we were finding until we came across Schaffer Ridge. We live in Haverhill MA so it took a lot of trust and faith to feel comfortable buying a puppy from a stranger 900 miles away. After emails and phone calls our initial judgment of Jeff gave us the satisfaction of finding an individual that was honest and genuinely devoted to the Dogo Argentino breed. Jeff was very organized and explained his process including references. He was clearly interested in protecting the breed – And that is exactly what we were looking for.

We made it clear to Jeff that we were looking for a family Dogo with good disposition as it would be around small children cats a ferret and other dogs. The main function of this Dogo was going to be  running/hiking partner and of course a family pet. We had a few more conversations and my fiance’ and I committed to mailing him a deposit.

Since having our Dogo Zeus we have continued to stay intouch with Jeff sending pictures and up dates on how Zeus is doing. Being new to owning a Dogo we felt free to email or call Jeff with any questions conerns and tips.

We are completely head over heels for Zeus he has become a big part of our lives as well as our friends and family. We can not picture our lives with out him and are truly grateful for finding a breeder like Jeff.
Amy Dan & Zeus (Rockyzdiva1983@aol.com )
I began my search for a mastiff three years ago, but one that had a longer lifespan of my beloved B​ull mastiff. ​I needed​ a definite protection dog. I did my research and finally found Jeff Schaffer which turned out to be the biggest blessing I could ever imagine. Jeff was available before the breeding even took place on a regular basis. I was scared to give my heart away again . Jeff walked me through the entire breeding process  and kept me up to date on an almost daily basis. ​He knew exactly what I needed and wanted and bottom line he made it happen.

I ​received my ​boy​ from Schaffer Ridge Dogo K​ennel​,​ he was born August 2016 the sire was Bear and the Bitch was Cocha​, I had to wait at least the 8 weeks before he would let any puppy go. ​At times I know I got on his nerves but he spoke to me like a father would and taught me so many things. I consider this man, veteran, husband , father a part of my family. When my puppy was born Jeff was losing his favorite Dogo Uzi to cancer. I asked his permission to name my boy after his Uzi and he agreed. I am honored and forever in debt to Jeff & his beautiful wife Terry ( who gave me great advice as well). I am the proud mother/alpha  of UZI II. My boy is now 6 months old and Jeff and I still speak on a regular basis. He is like a father to me and I will never lose contact. I am planning on bringing Uzi’s namesake back for a visit when he is fully matured around 2 years. Jeff & Terry (being ​Ex-​New Yorkers too) are always welcome in my home and I would love a visit from them anytime! The knowledge, the upfront honest advice and the support is something I have never experienced before and probably never will again. This is truly a labor of love for Jeff. I frequently  (maybe too much) update Jeff with photos and questions due to this being a VERY special breed. I consider the Schaffer’s family I hope they know that. If anyone ever has any questions feel free to phone me and I can elaborate even more about the best experience ever.

Samantha G. Flynn (samflynn0801@gmail.com)

I write to you on a very sad day.  Sage is no longer with us.  It happened very quickly.
She was fine about a lil over a week ago.  Then she threw up on two occasions.  We brought her to the vet, they didn’t think anything was wrong, just maybe an upset stomach.  Her blood work was great.  Two days later she stopped eating.  We brought her into a different vet and upon x-ray… Sage had two masses.  One that they said felt like the size of a grapefruit.  The X-ray showed fluid in her abdomen that they said could be blood and she had pneumonia, most likely from when she threw up.  We brought her to the animal hospital to have further testing done but was told that she also had fluid around her lungs, possibly her heart and it was becoming more difficult for her to breathe.  They told us that she was suffering.
She was the most amazing, sweetest, best dog we ever could have hoped for.  She protected us and loved us beyond measure.  Thank you for entrusting one of your beloved puppies to us, I hope she knows how much joy and love she brought to our lives.
I am sorry that I did not keep in touch over the years.  I am including some pictures of her.  We have two little girls and Sage was amazing with them.  She was also a gentle giant to a little kitten we got as she was older. She was just everything 
Matt, Danielle, Madison and Sophia