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John Paul Trueman
Aug 13, 2020
Bordeaux Mastiff / French Mastiff / Dogue de Bordeaux
Dogue de Bordeauxs are among a group of breeds classed as ‘Category Three’ by The Kennel Club. These are breeds of dog that have been highlighted as having visible conditions or conformational issues that can cause pain, discomfort or health issues due to exaggerations. This means that these breeds of dog have been bred over many years to look a certain way but that these changes to the way they look have started to cause them health problems.
Dogue de Bordeauxs are a member of the ‘Working’ breed group. Working breed dogs were bred to become guard and search and rescue dogs. Breeds in this group are specialists in their work.
Dogue de Bordeauxs are devoted, affectionate and playful. They’ll need early socialization and training to ensure they get along with dogs and other household pets, and they can be quite stubborn, so training can sometimes be a challenge. To find out more about socialization and training using reward-based techniques, take a look at our dog behavior page.
A weekly brush with the Deluxe high-Quality Pet Fur Shedder Master is usually enough to keep the coat in good condition, but their facial wrinkles and eyes should be bathed daily.
Although some of these health problems are manageable, it’s been identified that it’s in the best interests of the dog to try and selectively breed to decrease the characteristics which cause health problems. Some of the characteristics and associated health problems you’ll want to know more about in relation to Dogue de Bordeauxs include:
For more information about these and other health problems, you can speak to your vet or visit the kennel club or the Northern DDB Club.
For some conditions, there are screening programmes available through the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Kennel Club. The Canine Health Schemes allow breeders to screen for a range of inherited diseases, so it’s a good idea to check the parents of any puppy you’re looking to rehome have been screened under these schemes. We’d also recommend discussing the medical history of your potential puppy’s parents and grandparents, and think very carefully before taking on a dog with any of the health conditions listed above evident in the family line.
You can find out more about the Canine Health Schemes on the BVA's website.
They’ll need up to an hour of exercise per day, but don’t tolerate heat well so this should always be considered when taking for walks in the summer months. During this time, we’d recommend early morning or late evening walks – before 8am or after 5pm is best.