Dogue de Bordeaux review

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The Dogue de Bordeaux is quiet, calm, and relaxed -- until aroused. Don't be lulled by his bulk. He can be surprisingly athletic and agile when necessary.


Young Dogues need enough exercise to keep them lean and healthy, but not so much that their soft growing bones, joints, and ligaments become over-stressed and damaged. Adult Dogues need more exercise to keep them in shape, but not in hot or humid weather for fear of overheating. The proper amount of exercise can be difficult to regulate in giant breeds.


Most Dogues have protective instincts toward strangers. They need extensive exposure to friendly people so they learn to recognize the normal behaviors of "good guys." Then they can recognize the difference when someone acts abnormally. Without careful socialization, they may be suspicious of everyone, which could lead to aggression. Some Dogues go in the opposite direction -- without enough socialization, they become fearful of strangers.


The Dogue de Bordeaux may be targeted for "banning" in certain areas, or refusal of homeowner insurance policies. Your friends and neighbors may be uncomfortable around this breed. In this day and age, the legal liabilities of owning any breed that looks intimidating and has a history as a guard dog should be seriously considered. People are quicker to sue if such a dog does anything even remotely questionable.


While the Dogue de Bordeaux was once a ferocious, merciless animal, breeders have softened the temperament of this breed to make it more suitable for life as a companion dog. Today, the Dogue de Bordeaux is calm, patient, and loyal. They are even-tempered and devoted to their family. Because of their fearlessness and confrontational demeanor, this breed also makes an excellent guard dog and watch dog. They can be very aggressive with other dogs, especially towards dogs of the same sex. The Dogue de Bordeaux should be socialized from an early age to prevent the onset of aggressive behavior. They are not a suitable choice for first-time dog owners. This breed is likely to drool and snore.


The Dogue de Bordeaux is a large French Mastiff breed—and one of the most ancient French dog breeds. The body is stocky and close to the ground, but Dogues can move like lions when duty calls. The Dogue de Bordeaux come with a stocky and powerful body covered with loose skin. The breed’s trademark is the large head with a serious expression. This is an ideal guard dog, also can be calm and friendly with every member of the household, including children.


I have one. She is the best dog ever! Great big and clumsy, but great with kids, and my other animals. The only downside I've found, they are prone to allergies, and skin conditions. Also arthritis and hip dysphasia. Mine is on the large side, and I dread her getting older, and potentially being in pain.


We have a 4 year old female who was the runt of her litter. She capped out at 98lbs. She's a very loving and affectionate dog. She loves little dogs and little children. She is always super cautious to cower down and show a submissive crawl behavior with any little dog or child. The drooling struggle is real as another user mentioned, but this can be managed appropriately. The shedding is also an annoyance, but I imagine this is true for any mastiff. She only barks when there is someone at the door, she follows us around without being in the way, she's sweet with strangers but I have no doubt she would protect us if there were an intruder. Good luck to you!


The Dogue de Bordeaux is an immensely powerful mastiff-type guardian. Males can go 27 inches high and 110 pounds. The short, eye-catching coat is a richly colored fawn. The massive head features a Bulldog-like undershot jaw, expressive eyes, and a deeply furrowed brow. It is, proportionately, the largest head in the canine kingdom. The body is stocky and close to the ground, but Dogues can move like lions when duty calls.


I loveee my french mastiff hes so gentle and patient with kids. Albeit super lazy. One time some kids were instigating and lunging at him and throwing rocks and all he did was take the hits and bark once to scare them off. He wasnt tied and the kids were inside my yard. But another time he chased my carpenter down and tackled him to the floor then proceeded to sit/lie on him because he came back to get some tools at a late hour. Didnt even bite the carpenter hahaha. Theres a good reason they were kept besides royalty.

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Had 1 as a kid. We bred her and kept a puppy. So for most of my childhood there were two of these gentle giants in my house. They are awesome dogs, very protective, but sweet and loving at the same time. Very lethargic too, lots of laying around, definetly not a hyper dog.


I had one for seven wonderful years. She was such an amazing dog. Protective and just wanted to be by me, but she was instantly friendly with strangers if she knew I was comfortable with them. The drool is intense, but they're a fantastic breed. Losing her was so hard. It's been a year and I'm still super upset and miss her terribly.


A devoted and affectionate family dog, he has a reputation for being sweet and docile, but he can also be stubborn and arrogant. Patient, consistent training is a must, as is early and extensive socialization to prevent aggression toward other animals and unwarranted aggression toward strangers. Loyal, self-assured, and territorial, he's a superb guard dog who's also capable of competing in many sports and activities, including carting, obedience, therapy work, tracking, and search and rescue.


Beautiful dogs!!!

Ronan boy

Love the mastiffs man.

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