The short, fine coat is an easy keeper; head wrinkles must be kept clean and dry.
The Dogue de Bordeaux possesses an instinct for guarding, which he does with vigilance and courage, but without aggressiveness. He is an excellent companion – affectionate and attached to his family – with a patient, calm temperament. Their short coat is easy to care for and they require moderate daily exercise. New owners should be prepared to deal with drool!
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Dogue de Bordeaux is a giant breed and has a lifespan of 9 to 11 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
These ‘slingers’ drool strings that end up on walls and ceilings are the most demanding challenge. This breed requires lots of drool rags at the ready. However, their short coat is easy to care for with a curry comb and a soft bristle brush. Their fast-growing strong nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
If you saw the movie, you already know they drool. While the screenplay exaggerated for comic effect, life with Dogues can be undeniably juicy. DDBs of proper temperament are sweet, sensitive souls, much milder than their pugnacious ancestors. Owners swear by their breed’s deathless devotion to loved ones of all ages, but also say DDBs can be stubborn and will dominate owners who fail to apply firm training and socialization in puppyhood. When acquiring such a willful super-dog, finding a responsible breeder is essential.
Dogue de Bordeaux &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip, elbow and cardiac disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Dogue de Bordeaux are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Dogue de Bordeaux can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.