Dogue De Bordeaux- Also known as the French Mastiff is this weeks Dog of the Week. When I started this blog, I had wanted to do one dog a week, but life happens and I have just not had the time to do one blog a week. With that being said, I am going to continue to bring you as much information as I can on dogs as often as I can. I hope that everyone reading is finding my blog informative and helpful in choosing a breed that is right for you and your family or lifestyle.
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Above pictured is my beautiful boy, Boudreaux. He lays like this ALL the time with his front feet crossed like he is a king among dogs. He is the most patient, kind, and loving dog with the BEST personality I have ever seen in a dog. When it comes to being around children, even toddlers falling all over him ( i mean he weighs 125 pounds, you can clearly see him laying in the floor) he just snorts gets up and walks away. I have never ONCE seen him even act remotely aggressive towards children of any age. As far as I am concerned, he is the most loyal and caring guy in the entire world (however, I may be a little biased). I met my guy about 5 years ago when he came to stay with me @orlandocaninecc He stayed with us for about 6 months, and I knew from the moment I laid eyes on him that we were fated to be together, all I had to do was wait, I had even posted to my Facebook all those years ago that he was my one true love, and man do I love this dog. Loyalty and compassion are abound in a Dog De Bordeaux, well at least mine, he walks great off leash and I only have to worry about him chasing cats sometimes, most of the time he leaves them alone. Now let’s get down to the information you are all waiting for.
These dogs are great all around dogs, they adapt well to apartment living, and are extremely sensitive to everything around them. Emotions, environmental changes, change of ownership, or moving, all of these can affect them. They may become sad or a little withdrawn when these types of changes take place. They just need plenty of love and attention to make them feel safe, and then they will come around. They do not prefer to be alone, they prefer to be around their humans or other animals in their pack.
They do great in colder weather, but not so great in hotter weather as they are brachycephalic, meaning that they have shorter snouts than some dogs which makes breathing more difficult especially during warmer weather. They are easily over heated and need short walks or potty breaks during hot weather.
One of the most friendly dogs I have ever seen they are great with families and with children, again the patience level of these dogs is phenomenal! They are not generally good with other dogs, however, mine lives with 2 females and has had quite a bit of socialization with other dogs, and does quite well. However, these dogs are not for everyone, they can be extremely bull headed and are not a good breed for someone who has never had one before. When it comes to strangers, these dogs can be very protective of their family when strangers are around, so careful introductions are necessary. Overall, the Dogue De Bordeaux is super friendly and extremely protective. They may seem like they are very laid back and not a threat, but wait until there is actually a threat and watch your fur baby come to life to protect you and your family.
There is no easier dog in the world as easy to groom as a Dogue De Bordeaux, they require bathing regularly, but brushing is not needed daily. They do not shed a great amount, but do a regular amount of shedding. Brushing them once a month or so to keep all the
hair in check is helpful. Most mastiff’s do drool quite a bit so be ready and willing to wipe up drool frequently. If you are anything like my mother it will drive you nuts to see dog drool everywhere, and you will be mopping constantly. The mastiff is a huge dog, be prepared for about 4-6 cups of food a day depending on what kind of food you are feeding him/her, also be careful with the food as they have a high potential for weight gain. Their size can be intimidating and most people will shy away from you when walking, try not to take it personally, they are afraid of his/her size, not the dog themselves.
These dogs are not easy to train, they are in the bully breed line, so they have a mind of their own and can be difficult to train. However, like any dog, if you find what motivates them to follow your directions, they will learn from you and be more than happy to do your bidding. They are highly intelligent and have a tendency to back talk you. When training them, that will have to be something to work on with them. They do usually have a very high prey drive, therefore mine is the exception to the rule, as he does not chase cats, squirrels, or rabbits, or it could be because this man is now 7 and not a pup any longer. These dogs do tend to stay close to home and have a low tendency to wander. They do have a huge need for exercise, but only in short spurts due to their size, they have a limited amount of energy so exercise several times a day for short periods of time. Then he/she will most likely nap the day away until the next play time.
- Great family friendly dogs
- Easy to groom, except for the drooling
- Easily adaptable to some things
- Extremely sensitive dogs
- Loyal to a fault
- Gentle enough a 4 year old can walk them with no issues
- Tendency to gain weight
- Brachycephalic-shorter snouts are not good for long outings during hot weather, could cause some snoring, or snorting
Have you ever met a Dogue De Bordeaux? What was your first impression? Were you frightened by their size or did you just want to squeeze their wrinkly face? Share your story with me below.