The Dogue de Bordeaux is one of
the most ancient French breeds. They were used for hunting large
animals such as boar, for the guarding of houses and cattle and
in the service of butchers. The breed, which had suffered greatly
during the two world wars, to the point of being threatened with
extinction, got off to a fresh start in the 60's.
The Dogue de Bordeaux is a very
powerful dog, with a very muscular, stocky, athletic body. They
are gifted for guarding, which he assumes with vigilance and great
courage but without aggressiveness. They make a loyal companion
and are very affectionate. They bond closely with their family.
They are not suited to homes where they will be left alone for long
periods of time, as they associate this separation as a punishment.
They will protect their family and territory if threatened. They
are very good with children and will will accept other household
pets if introduced to them when young.
the coat is easy to take care of. A rubber grooming mitt over the
short coat once a week, to remove any loose or dead hair is all
that is needed. The skin folds on the face should be cleaned regularly
to stop any skin infections from starting.
They do not require as much exercise as may be expected. Several
walks throughout the day should be sufficient, allowing short periods
for free running and playing. It has to be remembered that even
when this dog is 6 months old, and is relatively large, it is still
a puppy. Too much exercise too young can lead to bone and joint
related health problems in later life.
This breed is generally sound but some can suffer from hip and elbow
dysplasia so it is recommended to seek out a reputable breeder who
is willing to show you proof of scores. Remember the LOWER the score
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