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Dogue de Bordeaux

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Louise01, Jun 29, 2009.


  1. Louise01

    Louise01 PetForums Newbie

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    I wondered if someone could give me some advice on DDB's. I have been conducting my research on them over the last 18 months as I like to understand things before rushing in. The only thing that is stopping me from getting two at present is the fact that I am at work all day. My friend breeds DDB's and he said the beauty of these dogs is they will live in or out. They would be out through the day but obviously in the house with me when I come home from work as I would not want them to sleep outside. Is there anyone out there that can advise me on this (preferably with DDB experience)
    Louise
     
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    There are quite a few owners on here. They are fantastic dogs. i would say it would be fine to have them outside with shelter of course if you're working during the day but other people will be able to advise you better that have more experience of the breed.
     
  3. Louise01

    Louise01 PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks for your response. We have a large utility room attached to the side of the house that goes directly in to the garden. We were going to let them have access to this through the day so they can go in and out as they please. Our garden is nice and private all the way around and thre is no possibility of anyone being able to access the garden. We are home around 5pm and they would not be left until the following morning. I have had German Shephards all my life but this would be the first time I have would own a DDB hence wanting to research them before making the decision. Many people have informed me they are fine to be kept outside through the day but I need piece of mind with that information before going ahead
     
  4. Nicci

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    I hope you have good neighbours.

    I'm not a fan of keeping these type of breeds outside, I do have a Bordeaux and the heat especially tends to get to them, I'd personally go as far as saying it is far from ideal keeping Bordeaux in an outside enclosure, they do thrive on company.
     
  5. Louise01

    Louise01 PetForums Newbie

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    We dont really have neighbours as we are on a farm so that wouldnt be a problem. Thanks for your advice though
     
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    Hi Louise,
    I don't have DDB, but as far as I am aware, DDB get quite anxious if they are left alone and see it more as a punishment than anything else.
    There are other breeds very similar in size, stature and temperament such as the Bouvier des Flanders that do better when left alone.
    This is due to their herding heritage, and genetically feeling fine when left to "guard/oversee" the flock.
    And if you live on a farm, a herding breed could come in VERY useful!
    What is it that attracts you to the DDB as a canine companion?
     
  7. Michelle666

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    I am soon to be a DDB owner..this weekend infact. Im picking up my little baby Sadie and can't wait. She will be living inside with us, as we've knocked out the understairs cupboard and its made a huge sleeping area for her.

    We too work. Thing is my OH is a builder/plasterer, and would be taking her to work with him once shes a little older. He usually leaves before me and is back before me, so she's actually only alone for about 4 hours ish.

    They are a fantastic breed, and I can not wait to become an owner of one.

    Where abouts do you live? We bought our little girl from a breeder in Doncaster. He knows sooo much about DDB, and has 4 of his own. They live outside in a huge kennel, with a fenced of playground if you like, with trees for shade etc. Its very nice, but I feel a dog is a member of the family and should be with everyone else.
     
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    I leave mine during the day and they just sleep. I come back at lunchtime for them. I would imagine two puppies left to their own devices would be fairly destructive inside as they set each other off.
     
  9. Louise01

    Louise01 PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you to all for your responses, very useful. I would be going home at lunch to walk them so it would break the day up. I have been attracted to the DDB for years as I love big dogs. I also like the fact that they have good tempremants and are very loyal so long as you socialise them from young. I could offer them a great home and they would love it on the farm as there is 32 acres of grass. They would however be kept in the private garden throughout the day. There seems to be mixed responses about leaving them so I need to ensure I make the right decision as the last thing I want is for a dog to feel punished.

    Michelle - I live near Fairburn Ings so Doncaster is not far at all. It would take around 30 mins. Would they be willing to speak with me and give some advice as I really want to get this right.

    Snoringbear - Have you had your DDB's a long time and how many do you have?
     
  10. Michelle666

    Michelle666 PetForums Senior

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    I don't see why not! I will PM you the details. They have 3 adults DDB, and he's already said to us that the dogs are his life. The phone constantly rings with people wanting know about them.
     
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    I've had four. My current two are two and a half and 1 year and one week :) Both are bitches. I wouldn't worry about leaving them on their own. Their daily routine whether I'm at home or not is get up in the morning, have a walk and some food and then have their morning nap. They have a little run around at luunchtime and then have their afternoon nap. Get up after that for another walk and food before their evening nap and then go to bed. They seem to sleep most of the time, their toys are usually exactly where I left them every tome I'm out. I show mine so I know most of the show breeders in the country as well as the welfare people if having a rescue is of interest to you. There's a few breeders I know of in your area.
     
  12. Louise01

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    It would be great if you could PM me the details of the breeders you know in my area. I am making a point of visiting some local dog shows over the next few weeks as there are DDB's taking part so may pick up some advice there.
    Thanks again
     
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