This breed is an outstanding guard and family dog. It is calm, well-balanced, very loyal and pleasing to its family, friendly and open even towards strangers. The Dogue de Bordeaux is an excellent protection dog that never attacks without a reason and has a reliable sense of serious threat. It is capable of protecting the family’s home very persuasively. It does not bark much, but once it lets its deep and throaty voice out, it must be happening for a reason.
The Dogue de Bordeaux is a calm breed with a high stimulus threshold. It is not unsociable by nature, rather placid and patient with children, and can be kept in twos. It loves every member of the family, is very devoted, gentle, and loyal. It gets along with other pets fine, although a sufficient amount of socialisation is indispensable.
Caring for the dog’s coat is simple; loose hairs can be removed easily with a brush during the shedding period. To avoid any disorders, such as dysplasia, caused by fast bone growth, the breed requires a well thought-over feeding and exercise routine from puppy age through to adulthood.
The breed tends to be stubborn. This gentle giant responds best to loving and consistent instruction, so it is enough to use the right tone of voice to teach the dog what is or is not allowed. Harshness will only cause harm. The Dogue de Bordeaux, once it has been trained properly, is obedient and not inclined to wander off. The teaching and training of this breed requires a lot of patience, love, and perseverance.
On average, one to two walks daily will do. Nevertheless, this breed should preferably be kept in a house with a garden. It is sensitive to heat, and thus can easily get a heat stroke, so it requires extra attention during the summer.