The Dogue de Bordeaux is an amazing breed but just like any pet, they require a lot of responsibility and aren't necessarily a great fit for every lifestyle. If you're thinking about whether a DDB would be a good fit for you and your family, the checklist below is a good place to start. But as always, don't hesitate to contact us if you have any other questions or need some more advice!

Are you looking for a breed that:

  • Has a playful nature
  • Has a high tolerance for children and other animals
  • Requires very little grooming due to their short coat
  • Has a massive and powerful physique
  • Is not a nuisance barker
  • Is extremely loyal to their family
  • Is very affectionate
  • Has great perseverance and does not intimidate easily
  • Has a guardian instinct
  • Requires very little exercise

Are you willing to:

  • Learn as much as possible about this breed
  • Attend obedience classes starting at an early age (3 months)
  • Have the dog live in your house as part of your everyday life

Can you tolerate:

  • A giant breed of 100lb+ in your home (and car!)
  • Snorting, snuffling, wheezing, grunting or loud snoring
  • Shedding twice a year
  • Stubbornness that requires a patient and firm owner
  • Animal aggression or fearfulness toward people if not properly socialized as a puppy
  • Slobbering or drooling when hot, excited or when eating/drinking (not continuously)
  • Health issues that affect all giant breeds
  • A lifespan of 7 to 10 years
  • A breed that does not tolerate extreme temperatures well, especially heat


If so, a Dogue de Bordeaux might be for you!