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Sensible advice for raising your Dogue de Bordeaux puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Dogues de Bordeaux, the best dog food diet for feeding Dogue de Bordeaux puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Dogue de Bordeaux dog breed

Dogue de Bordeaux Health Problems and Raising a Dogue de Bordeaux Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in the Dogue de Bordeaux:

Most breeders will tell you that the lifespan of a Dogue de Bordeaux is 8-10 years. However, the Dogue de Bordeaux Society conducted a health survey that included 79 dogs – and the average lifespan in their survey was only 5-6 years.

The club survey reported that the most common cause of death was cancer (30%). Over one-third of those cancers were lymphosarcoma.

The second most common cause of death was heart disease (26%), especially sub-aortic stenosis.

The emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat claimed 15% of the Dogues who had died.

Epilepsy (seizures) was responsible for another 2% of the deaths.

To make matters worse, this breed has appalling rates of hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 227 Dogues de Bordeaux and found 53% dysplastic – the 3rd worst rate of 142 breeds. And the true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation. Of 105 elbow X-rays submitted for evaluation, 18% were dysplastic – the 10th worst rate of 82 breeds.

Other orthopedic diseases include osteochondritis, panosteitis, and luxating patella.

Eye diseases that occur regularly in the Dogue de Bordeaux include cherry eye and eyelid abnormalities (entropion and ectropion).

Allergies (which cause terribly itchy skin), chronic bacterial skin infections (pyoderma), and demodectic mange are VERY common in all of the mastiff breeds. Their elbow joints are also prone to developing hygroma.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Dogue de Bordeaux?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Dogues de Bordeaux today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Dogue de Bordeaux puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Dogue de Bordeaux puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Dogue de Bordeaux puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.


Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Dogue de Bordeaux lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Dogue de Bordeaux
The best diet for feeding your Dogue de Bordeaux is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Dogue de Bordeaux. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Dogue de Bordeaux
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Dogue de Bordeaux. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Dogue de Bordeaux puppy really need? Does your adult Dogue need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Dogue de Bordeaux. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Information on spaying your Dogue de Bordeaux. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Dogue de Bordeaux.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.