Dogue de Bordeaux
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Dogue de Bordeaux
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Group Working Dogs (KC)
History The exact origin of the Dogue de Bordeaux still remains uncertain. There are some theories stating that these dogs were descended from the Greek Molussus while there are some who say that the European Mastiffs or the Neapolitan Mastiffs are these dogs' ancestors. Although the origin of these dogs remain unclear, it is said that these dogs were already existing in France during the 14th century. However, the standards for this breed were only set during the 1920s.
Over the years, these dogs have been used as war dogs, flock guardians, and combatants in dog sports. They have also been personal bodyguards and cattle drivers during the end of the middle ages. Due to the French Revolution, many of these dogs died while defending their masters' property. Raymond Triquet and the French Dogue de Bordeaux Club saved the breed from the brink of extinction, but these dogs are still considered as rare until now. These dogs are recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale but have not been granted recognition by the American Kennel Club.
Appearance These dogs are well-balanced, muscular, and have powerful physiques. Their heads are large, heavy, wrinkled, and are trapezoid in shape when viewed from above or from the front. They have thick skins and ears that hang down over the sides of their heads. Their front legs are heavy-boned and straight. They also possess soft, short coats.
Colours Coats of these dogs may come in shades between fawn and mahogany. They have black or red masks, and they may also sport markings of white on their chests and on the tips of their toes.
Temperament Since these dogs were bred to be guard dogs, they have strong territorial instincts and may be quite wary of strangers. They are, however, devoted and affectionate with their family members. They get along well with children, but they might not be able to tolerate other dogs if they are not trained and socialized properly. Even though these dogs may be aggressive and fearless when it comes to other dogs or characters that they perceive as threats, they are very loving, loyal, and gentle with family members, making them great family companions.
Weight 58 - 68 cm in height and 45 - 50Kg in weight. Males are larger than females and at the top end of the size ranges.
Problems Aside from the fact that these dogs are not easy to breed, they also can also have a variety of health problems such as cancer, heart disease, eyelid entropion, hypothyroidism, osteoarthritis, nephritis, and hip dysplasia. They are also prone to bloating.
Living Conditions These dogs can live inside apartments, although owners must make sure that they will be providing their dogs with adequate exercise.
Requirements It is important that these dogs get enough exercise, although owners must be careful not to overexert puppies as doing so may cause damage to their joints and bones. The dogs must be taken out for long walks daily. However, since these dogs don't do well on hot weather, they must always have a shady place wherein they can get some rest.
Training Requirements These dogs should undergo obedience training while they are still young. These dogs can be quite stubborn, so owners have to earn the respect of their dogs. Positive reinforcement methods will work well with these dogs, but owners must make sure that they are patient, consistent, and firm when training these dogs. These dogs should also be properly socialized at an early age so that they will grow up as well-mannered, well-adjusted dogs that can get along well with other humans and animals.
Life Expectancy These dogs can live for as long as 10 to 12 years.
Grooming These dogs are average shedders that are very low maintenance when it comes to grooming. Their coats just have to be brushed occasionally.
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"PRINCE" ( Red-Red Mask)
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