What is Dogue De Bordeaux Temperments?

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Ang: Dogue De Bordeaux Temperments?
Hello all, I'm doing some research for my future dog... drove five hours to visit some Irish wolfhounds at a gathering this weekend (found they aren't the dog for me) Glad I went and found it out though. I thought I wanted another Beauceron (which we have now), but I'd like a dog that's a little better around people other than our immediate family, one I don't have to "worry about" at family get togethers at the pond... thought about a Briard (but that's basically a Beauceron). I'm looking at DDB's and I see that their temperament says that they aren't aggressive. If I do a great job socializing (which won't be a problem) Do you think they would be a great dog... around un threatening strangers and things like that? I don't like that we have to leave our guy at home because he's extremely protective and wary of people.. (he's gotten worse with age). We can't "read" him anymore.
Dogue De Bordeaux portrait
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I won't get a Great Dane, I won't get a wolfhound, they aren't exactly the healthist dogs in the world.. Newfoundlands aren't very heathy either and Labs well I'm not even going to go there. I don't agree with many things that the AKC has done to dogs... those three breeds are on the verge of being ruined...sorry that's my personal opinion.

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Answer by Suzanne
those are beautiful dogs, but don't know much about them.. I found this online:
n a well bred DDB, the most common word you will hear to describe the temperament is "balanced". The French Mastiff is a devoted family dog who is extremely affectionate. Very adaptable with a high stimulus threshold, the Dogue de Bordeaux is sweet and even tempered. It is important to socialize your DDB early on as they can become aggressive with other animals and reserved with strangers if not properly trained. A thoroughly socialized DDB is well behaved with children, puppies, and even strangers. Playfulness is another hallmark of this breed. DO be prepared to have a house full of re-arranged furniture if you own more than one! Despite this calm tranquil disposition, Dogue's make excellent patrol dogs due to their territorial nature. They are very attuned to their environment and respond to a threat instinctively. They are the very symbol of loyalty and courage.

Answer by Rachel-Pit Police-DS

DDB are great gardians and can be pretty protective of their families and cautious around strangers. Obviously, socialization is key, but if you're looking for a happy-go-lucky breed, I'd look at something else.
With the dog at home having become cautious and wary, I think he needs to be the main focus for now, no offense intended. The fact that you can no longer read him concerns me. It might not be the right time to add to the family.

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  1. IceBreaker27 says

    If you want a dog who is safe to bring out in public, and who can be trusted when strangers (or plumbers) visit, do not get a DDB. They are great for some homes, yes - but they also have a very strong guarding instinct.

    There are lots of other large or giant breeds out there who are very social around just about everyone. Have you considered a Great Dane? They're sweet, goofy, gentle giants. Or a Newfoundland or a Lab (talk about social)?

    Good luck!

  2. Johnny's Girl says

    Hey my brothers boss has one and the dog is the laziest creature i have ever met... its got a wonderful temprement its really loving and great with his kids, they just climb all over him and he just loves it.. he a brilliant dog and i'd really recommend them if you have the space and the patients to clean dog drool off every thing you own... I dont know what their like with other dogs and budda is by him self.. and only gets out on walks around his neighbour hood i've never seen him play with other dogs... but he's pretty laid back i cant imagine he'd care...
    Hope you get the oportunity to have one in the future..
    All the best

  3. JenVT says

    We have three DDBs and they are amazing! They have great temperments, but they are intimidating to some people because of size. No matter what anyone tells you, if you have a male already, get a female. There are still many DDB males that are male-dog-aggressive. That being said, my male is sweet and mannerly with all people, especially children. they just need firm guidance because as a breed they are stubborn (which you know how to do if you have a Beauceron) and also constant socialization as with any dog. Check out the dogue de bordeaux society http://www.ddbs.org it's a great resource.

  4. Bozema says

    Dogue de Bordeaux have similar temperaments to the other breeds you explored. They were bred for guarding and though very devoted to family when raised correctly, they are leery of strangers. They are not dogs for inexperienced dog owners and need very firm and consistent training.

    If the other breeds were deemed by you to not be right for your situation, I don't think the Dogue is for you either.

  5. Charlotte K says

    They make great watchdogs, but they are gentle giants with people. They are very calm but are strong willed when it comes to training. They can be dominant towards other dogs.
    They drool alot :)

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