Loyal, affectionate, and territorial, the Dogue de Bordeax (DDB) is a physically strong and hefty breed. Their large, trapezoidal heads feature big wrinkles that surround their expressive face, and is sure to win your heart with just one look. They make excellent guard dogs as they will announce visitors but refrain from attacking without reason, however due to their natural prey drive there may be some problems with animal aggression especially with other dogs of the same sex. They are very intelligent but they will not be overly obedient if training is repetitive, and so it is essential that owners mix up their training methods to keep their minds stimulated. The Dogue de Bordeax will want to be with you constantly so don’t be surprised if they expect to sleep in your bed. Their talent for snoring and drooling is one of their features that will make you love them even more.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
DDBs are pretty lazy indoors and could be tolerant to apartment living, however the breed will live better with a backyard. Let them run around outdoors and provide them with daily walks to maintain physical activity. Be aware that these dogs are prone to heatstroke and should not be left outdoors in severe heat for long periods of time. Since DDBs are such heavy droolers, expect to clean up after them. Grooming is very easy and only requires combing about once a week.
Common Health Issues
Bloat, Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Epilepsy, Cancer, Heart Complications.