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A guard dog of relentless power and a family companion of sincerity and humour, the Dogue de Bordeaux comes to the dog world via the vineyards of Southern France. This giant mastiff, draped in its deep red coat, boasts the most magnificent head in the world and a heart that is aptly matched. For devotion, protection and appeal, the Dogue de Bordeaux is a premium choice. This book provides the much-needed factual information about Dogues de Bordeaux and their ancestry, character and standard, as well as the proper selection, feeding, training, preventative health care and behaviour of the breed. The new owner will welcome advice about puppy-proofing the home, preparing for the pups arrival and preventing puppy problems. In addition to an extremely authoritative text, this book presents over 135 photographs in full colour, which prove to be as informative as they are attractive. Helpful hints and important information are highlighted to provide easy access to everything the reader needs to know about life with a Dogue de Bordeaux. Whether its housebreaking problems, allergies or fleas, this book is the way to prevention, providing the reader with the necessary guidance an owner needs from puppyhood through the senior years. Recommended by top breeders and trainers, this book is the responsible first choice of every new owner of a Dogue de Bordeaux. Topics discussed include: Origins of the Dogue de Bordeaux; The Dogue de Bordeaux Breed Standard; Owning a Dogue de Bordeaux; Everyday care of your Dogue de Bordeaux; Training your Dogue de Bordeaux; Health care of the Dogue de Bordeaux; When your Dogue de Bordeaux gets old; Showing your Dogue de Bordeaux.
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Characterised by the largest, most magnificent head in dogdom and layered wrinkles on its face and hefty exaggerated paws, the Dogue de Bordeaux trudges into the hearts of people throughout the world. Originally used for cattle droving and guarding the vineyards in Bordeaux, this pugnacious, pug-faced French warrior has survived within a hair of its extinction through one national revolution, two World Wars, and a Hollywood adventure Turner and Hooch. Sometimes referred to as the French Mastiff, Bordeaux Bulldog or simply 'DDB', the Dogue de Bordeaux has had an interesting background and development through the last five centuries. An extremely cooperative, intelligent, and fearless giant, the Dogue de Bordeaux has persisted in various vocations throughout the centuries, a testament to the breed's versatility and adaptability. Since the 1400s, the Dogue de Bordeaux has had many jobs: herding cattle, flock guarding, hunting ferocious game, animal baiting, dog fighting and film acting. Powerful and surprisingly athletic, the Dogue de Bordeaux had never been intimidated and makes an excellent guardian. Beneath all that toughness, exists a sweet, sincere, slobberingly loveable character that makes a wonderful companion.