The Dogue de Bordeaux, also known as French Mastiff, is quiet, calm, and relaxed - until aroused.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Dogue de Bordeaux.
1) Almost Eliminated
There are two times in history when the Dogue de Bordeaux was nearly placed in the endangered files, once during the WWII when the dogs were put down because they had a loyalty to their owners and another time was during the French Revolution when the French wealthy owners were killed and the dogs along with them. The breed was then rebuilt and the new standard of the breed was created
The DDB is an excellent companion, deeply devoted to his family. He's calm, affectionate, docile and steady. He also has a protective instinct and guards his family with courage.
3) Puppy Care
Dogue de Bordeaux puppies need limited exercise until their bones strengthen, usually around twelve months of age. Jumping up and down from furniture should also be avoided. Stair climbing should be minimal. Their heavy bodies put a strain on their legs and the result could be hip dysplasia. Puppies should not be over fed; they need to maintain the proper weight until their leg muscles develop fully.
This stubborn breed is inclined to do things his own way, but he will respond to early, consistent training that includes firm leadership, cheerful praise, and food rewards.
The Dogue de Bordeaux has an astonishing talent for snoring, sliming, and drooling. Slobber towels should be high on your list of canine accessories.
6) Dog Sports
Dogues do very well at dog sports. While only moderately active, their willingness to learn and eagerness to please their owners make them adept at cart-pulling, obedience and even therapy work.
The Dogue de Bordeaux is a large dog with a heavy, muscular frame, similar to that of the Tibetan Mastiff or the English Mastiff. It has a large, trapezium shaped head; oval shaped eyes; small ears with a slight rounded tip and carried close to the head; a broad, black nose with flared nostrils; a broad, powerful, deep and a rather stocky muzzle; slightly pendulous lips which are black in color with teeth which meet in an undershot bite. This breed has a medium sized tail which is low-set. The tail is carried down when relaxed and at or slightly above the level of the back when relaxed. However, it is never carried over the back. It has medium sized, muscular legs with small but strong feet.
It has a short coat which is fine and smooth in texture. Its skin is thick and loose. The color if its coat can be any shade of fawn with a black, brown or red mask and, also with little white markings on the chest and tips of the toes.
It is a moderately active breed. However, long walks several times a day are necessary to help the dog get rid of its pent up energy. Walks should be supplemented with a playing session or jogging on a regular basis. It has a tendency to gain weight quickly so overfeeding should be avoided. Small frequent meals are recommended instead of a large meal.
10) Health Problems
The lifespan of a Dogue de Bordeaux is short and an alarming number are crippled by bone and joint diseases and/or succumb to cancer in middle age.