Characteristics of Dogue de Bordeaux
|Country of origin||France|
|Age||about 14 years old|
|FCI breed group||pinschers and schnauzers, molossians, mountain and swiss cattle dogs|
- brave and energetic dog;
- loves communication and affection;
- very attentive and patient.
The Dogue de Bordeaux is the oldest French breed that has retained its originality to this day. It is believed that the Dogue de Bordeaux originated from fighting dogs that came to Gaul along with nomads from Central Asia in the 5th century AD. These dogs were distinguished by a powerful body, fearless character and readiness to fight for their master to the end.
Gradually, part of the tribes assimilated with the indigenous population, the Great Danes crossed with numerous local breeds. As a result, a unique breed was formed that combined the courage, determination of a mighty ancestor and the benevolence and optimism of the French neighbors. She was an indispensable watchman in castles, accompanied cattle, protected her owners from wild boars and other large animals on the hunt, and often arranged dog fights with her. The breed almost died out during the wars of the 20th century, but they managed to revive it.
Today, thanks to its gentle nature, the Dogue de Bordeaux is predominantly a companion dog. This is an affectionate, infinitely loving family and children dog. Despite her size and formidable appearance, she is good-natured and cautious. Bordeaux speaks only in case of danger, he is wary of strangers, but the owner’s friend is his friend.
Some Great Danes can be dominant, but generally they get along well with other pets. With good upbringing and socialization, Dogue de Bordeaux puppies grow into balanced, sociable dogs.
Like any large dog, the Dogue de Bordeaux (aka French Mastiff, by the way) uses up energy quickly, and it can be difficult for him to train for hours, but gentle training will definitely pay off. This breed is suitable for calm people who want to see in a dog an understanding friend who does not require constant games.
Dogue de Bordeaux – Care
The Dogue de Bordeaux has a short, dense coat that needs to be washed as it gets dirty, but at least once a month. Sometimes, to remove dead pet hair, you need to comb it out with a special brush.
The folds on the muzzle of the dog require special attention. Several times a week they need to be wiped with a wet cloth, removing particles of dirt and dust, and then dried thoroughly.
Great Danes do not need frequent active training – to maintain their health, calm, but long daily walks are suitable for them, during which they can run. Some representatives of the breed are painfully experiencing loneliness, so you should not leave them alone for a long time.
Due to their large weight, Dogue de Bordeaux can suffer from hip dysplasia, which is why the owner must constantly monitor the well-being of the pet and undergo an annual examination with a veterinarian.
Conditions of detention
The Dogue de Bordeaux will be comfortable in a house with a yard where he can run and play. In no case should such a dog be kept in a cage: this can undermine the physical and mental health of the pet.