Showing and Breeding the Dogue de Bordeaux since 2005


The Dogue de Bordeaux in my experience are one of the most loyal and loving of breeds.  A well socialised dogue can live with children and other animals in harmony. 

Hopefully you have read the Finding a Puppy page and done all your homework, you are armed with every bit of knowledge possible and still want to be owned by a Dogue de Bordeaux!

Can you cope with the amount of slobber a Dogue can produce?  Are you prepared for your little bundle of joy becoming a 12 stone tank? Can you afford the cost of food and vet bills?
If you can answer "yes" to all of the above then please read on.

 I think one of the most important things is to socialise, socialise and socialise your new puppy, showing them all the sights and sounds of the world around them, this will have already been started in their first 8 weeks of life by the breeder.  Training classes are a great way of socialising your new puppy.  A poorly socialised Dogue can be nervous and shy - sometimes leading to aggression.

Dogue de Bordeaux may look mean and brave but more often than not they are as soft as a brush!  Very sensitive to their surroundings and require gentle but firm handling.
They are not the breed for everyone, an aquired taste in some ways.  Another thing to take into consideration is the age span of this breed, most die between the ages of 6 - 10 years although there are some that are older but typically they dont have a long life span.  Once part of the family your Dogue will become a loyal companion, being protective of their family without aggression.  They can be stubborn and arrogant but once trained will be a joy to live with. 

Although the Dogue has a short coat they still do need to be groomed at least once a week, be prepared for those little ginger hairs all over the house.  Mine love to be groomed and I take that time to clean ears, eyes and cut nails etc, checking the whole body to make sure everything is as it should be.

If any of the above hasn't had you running for the hills, then good luck and I hope you get as much joy out of your new addition as I do from mine.


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