Dogue de Bordeaux Club of Australia

Are YOU ready?

Before you start wondering what questions to ask a breeder, first consider what questions you need to ask yourself. Questions like “why”, why do you want a Dogue de Bordeaux?  Have you thoroughly researched the breed enough to know what goes into owning one? Is the whole family on board? Do you have children and can you guarantee they will not be left alone with a dog? Are your house and yard secure enough to contain a dog?  Do you have another dog and have you considered whether the older dog will accept a new puppy?   Will somebody be home during the day with puppy initially? No puppy should be left home alone for long periods, not only does this lead to boredom and destructive behaviour, puppies require 3 meals a day until they are at least 6 months old.

Dogues de Bordeaux are a large breed and as with every breed, they have their fair share of health problems.  Vet bills can be expensive, so pet insurance is something to consider. Unless you can afford large bills if something goes wrong. You should also consider food costs, the Dogue de Bordeaux require a premium food. This too can be costly, even more so for a large breed.

Do you have time to train a puppy? Toilet training can take a lot of time and patience, accidents happen. Obedience training is a necessity too and Dogue de Bordeaux are an intelligent but stubborn breed. You also need time to socialise your puppy, for your benefit and theirs.

Dogues de Bordeaux are very family orientated and they need to be allowed inside as part of the family and they drool. If you are house proud they probably aren’t going to fit in with your family. There will be drool everywhere. It takes some getting used to and your guests must be warned. Be prepared to have a drool cloth handy at all times.

IF you believe you can handle all of this and still want to welcome a Dogue de Bordeaux in to your family, you will not be disappointed and now is the time to consider what questions you should ask and what you should look for in a breeder.