The Dogue De Bordeaux is a "Specialist" Breed.
Please read through this page to be aware of the health conditions associated
with the breed before committing yourself to a Dogue De Bordeaux





This is a very serious condition, more apparent in the larger, deep chested breed of dog. Dogs who have suffered with digestive problems in the past have been known to have developed bloat.

There are 3 related conditions when referring to BLOAT.

Condition 1 : Acute Gastric Dilatation; when the stomach fills up with gas and fluid.
Symptoms - swelling of dog's stomach, excessive salivation, restlessness, wreching (trying to vomit) pain (you will know this if your dog moans when you touch his stomach).
If your dog can burp or vomit, it is unlikely that the stomach is twisted. It has been said to keep walking your dog to encourage him to burp. If your dog cannot burp or if you are in any doubt seek veterinary help immediately.

Condition 2: This has the same symptoms as Condition 1 but if the dog is unable to find any relief his stomach contracts and dilates. This is very serious and should be treated by a Vet immediately as the stomach can twist at any moment and then there is a serious risk to internal organs being damaged.

Condition 3: Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (VERY SERIOUS)
Symptoms as above. If the stomach is dilated the stomach can twist up to 180 degrees.
The dog will show signs of severe stress and tremendous pain, even collapse.
The dog show be treated be a Vet immediately, without delay, there may be very little time. If the stomach has twisted and filled with air this condition can cut off the circulation to other parts of the body and can cause a great deal of damage. The dog's mucous membranes (gums, membrane inside the eyelids) will be pale if not white and tacky. Very serious surgery is necessary if the dog has this condition.

There is nothing that can determine that you dog is going to get BLOAT, you can just take precautions and not preventative.

Feeding Your Dog :

Never feed your dog one huge meal a day, always split their feed into several or at least two smaller feeds throughout the day.

Never exercise your dog just after or just before a feed, leave for at least an hour.

Never exercise your dog after or just before excessive drinking

Never allow your dog to eat bread dough or anything else which may contain uncooked yeast products

If preferred soak dry food before feeding. Remember dry food swells to at least twice the original size before soaking.

If possible elevate their feed bowl, not too high that they have to stretch for their food, but a comfortable height, this stops them gulping large amounts of air with their food.

Elevated Water and Food Bowl Recommended for a Dogue De Bordeaux






Canine Hip Dysplasia is more common in the larger breeds. Dogs which have a genetic predisposition for hip dysplasia are born with normal hips, however, as the dog grows, the structure of the hip joint becomes badly formed, and the ball no longer fits snugly into the socket and therefore does not rotate smoothly. Ultimately ending in arthritis and degenerative joint disease. Hip dysplasia is a multifactorial trait, which means that a number of different factors contribute to it. Multiple genetic factors are involved as well as environmental factors. Nutition is the greatest contribution. Puppies should be kept lean and not fat, obviously a puppy carrying around too much weight will exacerbate any degeneration of the joint. Giving a diet too high in protein and calcium also exacerbates the conditon. Rapid growth in young puppies also contributes, rapid growth usually directly related to feeding a high calorie diet to puppies. Over supplementation of calcium has been shown to be a major factor in the development of skeletal disease in puppies. Exercise is the other great contribution. Many people either over exercise their young puppy and give them the wrong type of exercise, the wrong type of exercise includes forced distance running and too much exercise on tarmac and other hard surfaces.Exercise should be kept to a minimum until the puppy is at least 6 months of age. Correct exercise for puppies includes running about and playing in the garden or park, a 10 minute walk, no more,and dont over do it, when the puppy is tired, stop, and games involving jumping and very rough play should be avoided. Alternatively, swimming is an excellent form of exercise which builds up the muscles without putting stress on the joints. Hydrotherapy acts by encouraging a full range of joint motion in reduced weight conditions, thus improving muscle tone and promoting tendon repair without imposing undue stress on damaged tissues and improving cardiovascular stamina. K9 Hydrotherapy Pools are all over the country, there will be one near you, our nearest canine pool is the K9 Therapy Centre in Middlesbrough, find your nearest pool by logging on to or ask for a recommendation from your local veterinary practice.


    Johnny and Travis enjoying their regular swim


When your dogue is over the age of one year, you can start giving him more exercise each day. The Dogue De Bordeaux is an active and athletic breed and requires regular exercise as an adult, this is essential to keep your dogue fit in body as well in mind. Should your dog show clinical signs of hip displasia such as lameness, difficulty standing or walking after getting up, or a bunny-hop gait. Consult your vet as soon as any of these symptoms are brought to your attention, as it is often possible to help the dog medically or surgically. An X-Ray will be necessary to confirm hip dysplasia prior to any necessary treatment. Working with your vet to come to the best solution for your dog will enable you and your dog to enjoy life to its fullest, despite the presence of hip dysplasia.

Hip displasia will be very difficult to eliminate as breeders are not able to tell what the problems have been with hip displasia in a dogs ancestry. Breeders can only try their best to elimate the problem in the breed by breeding with dogs that have been hip scored.




All dogs are born with demodectic mite on them. A couple tend to drop off the mother on to the puppies when they are born. Most dogs live their life never affected by the mite. However some can develop prolific skin problems where the hair falls out. This can be a small patch on the dog or be much more generalized. In puppies it can be treated successfully and the problem never reoccurs however if they are still afflicted with the problem in adulthood then it is much more serious. Certain bloodlines can tend to be affected more than others and is a possible indication to a weak immune system.

Diagnosis, Treatment & Prognosis: Skin scrapings can be done by your local vet to identify the presence of demodectic mite. Generally the vet will prescribe an intense course of treatment over a period of weeks. Maybe several injections a week or more accompanied (in more serious cases) by a special wash solution. In maturity, puppies may never be affected with the condition again.



This is where the eyelids turn inwards, affecting one or both eyes. The result is that the eyelashes scratch the eyeball causing corneal ulceration and possible perforation of the cornea.

Diagnosis, Treatment & Prognosis: Look for irritation in the eyes or general discomfort. Your vet will be able to confirm the condition. Surgery can be performed but generally not before the age of 6 months due to the changing structure of the eye and skull prior to this period. After surgery the dog will make a full recovery. Affected dogs should not be part of any breeding program.



This is where the lower eyelid turns outwards, resulting in exposure of the conjunctiva and cornea. This is generally of more concern to the owner due to it's appearance rather than its relationship to any disease.

Diagnosis, Treatment & Prognosis:Discharge from eyes, facial nerve function, chronic conjunctivitis, keratitis, infection and an unsightly appearance. Your vet will be able to confirm the condition. Surgery can be performed and the dog should make a full recovery. Affected dogs should not be part of any breeding program.

The above problems outlined are associated with most large breeds. Any reputable breeder will give advice with regard to the above problems. It is possible for a breeder to have stock, free of problems, but may produce a puppy with some of these problems. This is not the fault of the breeder as unfortunately these problems may and do occur and can be a throw back from their ancestory.

We would highly recommend buying a puppy ONLY from a reputable breeder