The Dogue de Bordeaux, or DDB, guards their masters and homes fanatically. They make excellent guard dogs, but do not attack without reason.
They are reserved and wary with strangers, so it is important to socialize them when they are young. They will bark when someone new approaches your property, but they are usually not problem barkers. When they are not protecting you from impending harm, they are gentle, even-tempered, patient, and calm. They are incredibly affectionate and will worship you.
Dogues were utilized in developing the Argentine Dogo to increase the size and strength of the head and jaw, and in the 1930’s they were imported to Japan to do the same for the Tosa breed, but it wasn’t until 1970 that a more cohesive breed standard was written. Despite their ancient heritage, these dogs were virtually unheard of in the United States until 1982, when an article in “Dog world” was written by Dr. Carl Semencic, and they didn’t gain recognition by the American Kennel Club until 2008.
The mahogany color is a slightly deeper, darker shade than the red, and the Isabella is a very light fawn, sometimes light enough to be described as a creamy or parchment-like color. They can have patches of white anywhere on their body, but fault is found in the show ring if that white is on the tip of the tail, the head, or the main part of the body. Masks are a common marking on these dogs as well and may come in black or brown.
They need moderate daily exercise, and if they don't get it, they will get bored easily. They are versatile and will probably be happy to play at whatever you ask. Each DDB has a unique personality but you can count on two things: they will need your love and attention to be happy; and they drool. A lot. You will find drool on the ceilings.
The Dogue de Bordeaux is the hardest to train of all dog breeds. He learns new commands slower than all other breeds. You will need to be extra patient when Training him.
The short coat of the Dogue de Bordeaux only requires an occasional brushing. But because he sheds you may find yourself brushing him once or twice a week to remove loose hair. (What you get out with a brush doesn't fall out in your home!)
This breed should never be left outside alone for very long in anything but the mildest of weather due to their shortened snouts and reduced ability to compensate for either heat or cold temperatures.