The Dogue de Bordeaux is an ancient breed of France, thought to be a direct descendent of the Molossus of Rome. They were used on the French estates in the 12th century as hunters. They hunted pigs, boar, wolves and bears. During the middle ages they were used to drive cattle. They were even used in wars and to guard the flocks. Also they have been known to be used for sports such as animal baiting and dog fighting. The breed declined in its popularity during the 20th century but today seems to rising in its numbers.
This dog has a large, broad, round head with lots of wrinkles. They have a strong muscular neck and body with a deep broad chest. The coat is short and quite soft to the touch.
|Colour||The can be mahogany, golden, fawn or red/brown, some may have limited white markings.|
|Coat Length||Short Smooth|
|Weight/Height Range||Dogs measure 60-70cms at the withers and weigh between 50-68.2kgs, the average being nearer the heavier end. Bitches measure 58-66cms at the withers and weigh between 45-50kgs, again being nearer the heavier end on average.|
|Ailments||Being big, heavy dogs, hip dysplasia is known in the breed and is screened for.|
The Dogue de Bordeaux is a member of the working group. They were originally used as guard dogs and for hunting game, today it is used as a watchdog and family pet.
Feeding & Ownership
On average they cost about $10 per week to feed adequately.
|Food Cost||More than $20|
The Bordeaux is a dog that bonds closely with its family. They are not suited to homes where they will be left alone for long periods of time, as they associate this separation as a punishment. They will protect their family and territory if threatened. They are very good with children and will will accept other household pets if introduced to them when young.
|Intelligence||These dogs need to be trained in a consistent and calm manner. They are quite intelligent, love to please and can become very attached to their owner.|
|Suitability for Children||High|
|Tendency to Bark||Low|
|Overall Exercise Requirement||They do not require as much exercise as may be expected. Several walks throughout the day should be sufficient, allowing short periods for free running and playing. It has to be remembered that even when this dog is 6 months old, and is relatively large, it is still a puppy. Too much exercise too young can lead to bone and joint related health problems in later life.|
|Suitability as a Guard Dog||High|
|Ease of Transportation||Medium|
|Level of Aggression||Medium
|Other Animal Compatibility||Medium
Grooming is relatively easy. A rubber grooming mitt over the short coat once a week, to remove any loose or dead hair is all that is needed. The skin folds on the face should be cleaned regularly to stop any skin infections from starting.
|Grooming Requirements||Once a week|
|Amount of Hair Shed||Little|
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