ALL ABOUT™ DOGUE DE BORDEAUX
Dogue de Bordeaux Puppy & Breed Information
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The Dogue de Bordeaux is an imposing watchdog. His great strength and massive head served him well as war dog, guardian, hunter and a fighter used to bait bulls, bears, and jaguars. Whatever his mysterious origin, he developed in France and was first exhibited in Paris. The Dogue de Bordeaux is gentle but when he closes his huge mouth and stares, the result is most discouraging to any aggressor.
Dogue de Bordeaux Coat, Color, Care: The coat is short, fine, and soft to the touch. He is therefore easy to groom despite his size although bathing is best done outside under a hose. Dogue de Bordeauxs require no special care other than wiping the drool and cleaning the flews for hygiene. He comes only in plain fawn with black, brown, or no mask, in which case the skin appears reddish.
Dogue de Bordeaux Personality: He’s a gifted guard dog, vigilant without aggressiveness. Although capable and courageous, Dogue de Bordeauxs should be calm, not easily stimulated. The male Dogue de Bordeaux can however seek to dominate so does best with an experienced owner.
Exercise Requirements: Despite their laid-back personality, Dogue de Bordeauxs need regular outdoor exercise to keep good muscle tone. A fenced yard will suffice but the Dogue de Bordeaux enjoys a brisk daily walk and will surely be the talk of the town. He needs to stretching his legs (and mind) every day to prevent nervous habits such as chewing or licking.
Health Concerns: Health Concerns: Hip dysplasia and luxating patellas (knees) are common with large, fast growing breeds (like the Dogue de Bordeaux ) but can be modified by diet and proper exercise. Eye problems (entropion, ectropion, PRA) and other disorders are considered hereditary and puppies should be from cleared parents. Allergies, itching, or thyroid imbalance is most often the result of environmental factors, including medication side effects. A partially home-cooked diet free of preservatives, dyes, and chemicals, supplemented with vitamins and fish oils may prevent or correct such disorders.
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