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You've read about the Dogue
de Bordeaux, you've met several adult Bordeaux, and now you want one right now!
WAIT! We hope this page will provide helpful advice on locating that perfect
puppy or adult dog. Although you may initially think of a pet store, there are
much, much better ways to find your new dog. Never buy a puppy on impulse; if
you carefully research your future dog, you will be rewarded with a healthy,
happy dog suited to your life. These definitions are helpful to those starting
their first Dogue de Bordeaux search.
may be a nice person who does not mistreat his dogs. A BYB doesn't necessarily
want to make money, but isn't willing to spend the time, money and effort to
prove his dogs worthy of contributing to the general gene pool or insure the
genetic health and soundness of the resulting offspring, to save future puppy
owners both from heartache and excessive expenses.
The hobby breeder researches pedigrees; knows where problems lie and how to avoid them; actively shows in performance events and conformation to evaluate their dog's structure, movement and closeness to the breed standard; does all health/genetic testing possible to insure the genetic/general soundness of the resulting offspring; and understands their dog's faults and how to strengthen them via breeding. The hobby breeder is interested in producing the best, soundest, healthiest representatives of the breed for the future and rarely makes any money from breeding.
The professional breeder is either a hobby breeder producing many, many litters or a puppy miller. One could be considered a pro by producing more than about 3 litters a year or having many breeding bitches on the premises and breeding them every year, and still do all the right things. However, the more litters you produce per year, the harder it becomes to socialize all the puppies, evaluate temperaments and place in them appropriate homes. They will have less time to compete in performance events and may not have the space and time to take back a misplaced dog for "rehab" and placement.
The puppy mill breeder is in it for the money. Period. You've seen them on "60 Minutes" and "48 Hours". Tons of dogs packed into little cages, breeding like rabbits. Filth and neglect. No concern for genetic, general and temperamental health; slipshod record keeping with vague notions of parentage. Then there are United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) licensed breeders. These are the big guys, breeding several breeds for the pet store and puppy broker trade, but generally in cleaner, modern surroundings. The USDA only verifies breeding records for parentage and that all resulting offspring were given medical (shots, worming, et al) care prior to being shipped all over creation to become the "doggie in the window" at the local mall pet store. The USDA couldn't care less about pedigrees or genetic soundness.
Never Buy From a Pet Store!
Pet store puppies are
much more likely to have health and temperament problems due to the way in which
they are "produced" than a puppy from a reputable breeder.
Look here for more
information on the tragedy of puppy mills, about mothers that are bred at EVERY
opportunity and dogs which have never known a caring touch of a caring owner.
Bringing home a puppy requires a serious time commitment until that puppy is close to a year old. Adult dogs can be the perfect alternative for a household too busy to raise a puppy or for anyone who doesn't want to deal with the mess that having a puppy inevitably brings.
Often, Dogue de
Bordeaux are abandoned due to a change in a family situation or a move, or
because they were too aggressive, sloppy, clumsy. They can be healthy, beautiful
and loving companions. Rescue dogs can sometimes be granted a limited
registration with the AKC, so with the exception of conformation, they can
compete in all events. For more information on the events a rescue dog can
compete in, contact the AKC. These dogs may
also be registerable with AMBOR, the American Mixed Breed Obedience Association
to compete in OB events. For more info on the DDBS Rescue, click here to go
to the Rescue page. Give a rescue dog a chance!
An Adult Dog From a Breeder
occasionally have adult dogs available for placement. This may be a the pick of
the litter which did not mature exactly as expected, or even a finished champion
who no longer fits into their long-term breeding plan. Other times, a breeder
may have a dog returned to them if the owner can no longer keep it for whatever
reason. Often, they are looking to place such a dog in a great companion or
performance home, but at a lower cost that would normally be the price of a
puppy. All questions one would ask when buying a puppy should also be asked when
choosing an adult dog from a breeder.
A Few Caveats
Rare breed shows are
few and far between as are performance events. Not every breeder can afford the
long travel required to finish a dog quickly. Review pictures of Dogue de
Bordeaux and the FCI standard, read about the breed and even attend Rare Breed
or AKC shows. Beware of breeders who do not believe OFA or Penn Hipp is worth
their time with the Dogue de Bordeaux. All Bordeaux DO NOT PASS hip tests, but
the breeder should take the initiative to try, and to know what their breeding
stock's hips look like. Only dogs that pass OFA are given an OFA Breed
Resigration Number, they can be found on this site
here. Ask to see official results
Finding a Breeder
If you know someone
with a Dogue de Bordeaux you like, ask them for the breeder's name or ask
around. Reputable dog trainers and veterinarians may have had contact with the
breed. Attend a dog show, but contact the show club as not all are well attended
by Bordeaux. Some breeders advertise in national dog publications, newspapers or
on the Internet. These can be a great resources, but the ability to advertise
does little to indicate the quality of the breeder.
Meeting the Puppies
litters is ALWAYS best, but Dogue de Bordeaux are still rare and there is often
no responsible breeder locally. You may have to choose between traveling a long
distance or having the puppy shipped. Many choose the second alternative, but
that requires accurate communication with the breeder and careful descriptions
of the type of puppy you are searching for. Families don't give up pets because
its eyes are the wrong color, but too many dogs end up in shelters for behavior
Contacting the Breeder
Before you contact the
breeder, list the characteristics that you are looking for in your new puppy. Do
you plan to show/breed in the future or will your new pooch be a family pet?
Will you compete in performance events, like obedience or agility? Do you want
an active puppy or a more laid back personality? Do you live in an apartment
with dog size restrictions?
With your profile in hand, you are prepared to ask breeders the questions listed below as well as anything else you may want to know. This puppy may be a member of your family
for 8+ years. Do not feel
embarrassed about asking all these questions; a responsible breeder will welcome
your interest and admire your concern for the breed!
All the Right Questions
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