By Victoria Swanson — One of many Dog Breeds blogs on SmartLivingNetwork.com
The Dogue de Bordeaux originated in Bordeaux, France and is thought to be one of the few original Mastiffs from ancient times. Mastiffs are a large breed and are considered part of the Bully group. They need an assertive family to help them maintain rules, boundaries, and good manners.
This is a working breed that was often used as a guard and watch dog. As a typical Bully breed, they were trained to bait bulls, bears, and other large animals. They were even used in war and to herd and protect livestock.
The famous Hooch made his debut in the 1989 movie Turner and Hooch, starring Tom Hanks. Hooch showcased the typical Dogue de Bordeaux personality in the movie. When not properly trained or given the appropriate exercise, the Dogue de Bordeaux will find ways to entertain themselves (and never in a good way). Slobbering and snoring was prominent in the movie-again, very typical of this breed.
The Dogue de Bordeaux is an easy-going breed, but is also very protective of their family. Due to their calm demeanor they are quite tolerant of rambunctious children and will make a great addition to a family with kids.
At a young age, it is imperative to properly socialize this breed with other dogs to help prevent future dominant issues as an adult Dogue de Bordeaux. They may have issues with smaller pets like cats, rabbits, small dogs, and other critters.
The Dogue de Bordeaux is not lazy. They are known to be calm indoors, although when outside, they are very active. A daily walk of 30 minutes is a must. This is a working breed, so consider using a backpack. Because they have a calm disposition indoors, they do make a great apartment/condo breed, but their size will need to be considered.
The Dogue de Bordeaux is a moderate shedder during the seasons, but their overall grooming needs are minimal. A daily brushing will help control the shedding. This breed should be bathed infrequently and regular nail trimmings are important.
The Dogue de Bordeaux is considered a healthy breed, but because their popularity is growing, and unscrupulous breeders are "cashing" in on this breed, some health issues are hip dysplasia, bloat, epilepsy, and heart problems. Their average lifespan is 8-10 years.
Consider looking for a Dogue de Bordeaux through rescue organizations first. Every year, there are millions of dogs being euthanized - not because they are bad dogs, but because there is no home for them and insufficient resources to care for them at rescue agencies. By adopting a dog, you are truly saving a life!
At the very least, NEVER purchase any dog from a pet store. Unfortunately, those puppies almost always come from puppy mills. Instead, look for a reputable breeder to work with.
On a final note, it is important to spay and neuter your puppy by 6 months old to have a healthy and happy pet for many years to come!
Original Dog Bible, 2nd Edition by Kristin Mehus-Roe
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