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The Douge de Bordeaux
Dogue de Bordeaux
Member Name: mojomojo
Dogue de Bordeaux
Advantages: loving protective loyal calm family dog
Disadvantages: very stubborn
I am an owner of one of these magnificent dogs, a male aged 12 months and ive have extensive experience with this breed.
The douge de bordeaux are specifically characterised by their huge head, wrinkly face and very thick muscular neck.
They can weigh between 100-120lbs although females tend to be lighter and smaller.
Douge de Bordeaux's have a history of being frightning guard dogs with their impressive huge and confident stature alone are enough to scare away any potential criminals, anyone who has seen the movie turner and hooch will know this.
Also known as the french mastiff or bordeaux bulldog the douge de bordeaux is a very intelligent, cooperative and fearless breed who makes an exellent guard of both person and property.
The coat is fine, short and silky and comes in various shades of red and blonde.
The douge de bordeaux has strong nerves with a balanced personality that is not easily excitable, he is calm and quiet and by no means a noisy rowdy dog, it is in fact quite rare to hear a douge de bordeaux bark loudly without having a very good reason for doing so.
He is a very charming and loving breed who loves the company of humans and is always friendly, gentle and calm around children, adults and small animals alike and will tolerate the silliest of childrens games of tail pulling and wearing clothes!. This dog makes a wonderful addition to a happy family home and the more family members the better as far as the douge de bordeaux is concerned and he will happily live along side other pets providing they are introduced early and dont have dominent personalities. This is not an aggressive breed at all and is mainly vewied as one due to his size, stance, willingness to protect and history of being a guard dog, he will use his loud bark to scare or warn and his stance to show fearlessness in the face of danger or threats.
I have not come across a douge de bordeaux whom chews everything like lots of breeds do, providing him with regular chew sticks and raw hides seems to curb the temptation to chew anything else. Slobber is a biggie with this breed, it is not a constant dribble, more of a regular slobber and having a designated slobber towel to hand is a good idea.
Training this breed early and young i would say is VERY important with this breed, personally i struggled at first but got there in the end, adults are usually already trained, the douge de bordeaux is a very self-confident, arrogant, stubborn and independant breed so training takes a LOT of patience, reinforcement, love and consistancy. Some take longer than others when particularly stubborn as i have often found the case to be, it is easier to get the ground rules taught whilst the douge de bordeaux is a pup as training a 110lb dog who challenges your aurthority when he wants to sit on the sofa is very difficult and frustrating to do!!
The douge de bordeaux can live around 8 to 10 years which is quite a short lifespan compared to other breeds and the most common health concerns with regaurds to this breed is hip dysplasia and skin diseases.
Summary: The dogue de bordeaux requires an owner willing to put in the time and effort to reep the rewards