I will never forget the first time I saw Hooch. He was just 8 weeks old and he oozed confidence. We had seen an advertisement in our local paper for Dogue de Bordeaux and with curiosity getting the better of us we just had to go and see this litter. We were fascinated by them and once I had met Hooch and his siblings that was it, I was hooked and it would start a passion which has spanned nearly a decade for me with this wonderful breed.
Now I am the proud owner of six Dogue de Bordeaux, 4 of which are my own breeding. I was granted the prefix “Dar Og” about 7 years ago and was also a breeder of Bullmastiff and Japanese Spitz although now my main focus is the Dogue de Bordeaux. I am a huge lover of Isabella and it is a colour which will always be in my lines but sadly this colour is being lost in preference for darker dogs on this side of the world. All our Dogue de Bordeaux are hip and elbow scored with the B.V.A. I have bred 4 litters of Dogue de Bordeaux in the last 7 years and breed only from dogs which are healthy, conform to breed standard and are sound in temperament.
I am the rescue officer for the Dogue de Bordeaux Club of Ireland and also lend a hand to my good friend Doreen Joy who runs the Dogue de Bordeaux Welfare in the U.K.
I was privileged to be the Irish correspondent for the “World of Dogues de Bordeaux 2010-2011” Bas Bosch BBPress which will be published at the end of the year.
If you are looking to welcome a Dogue de Bordeaux puppy into your family please keep in mind these main health problems which do affect the breed:
O.C.D. & Panosteitis
Entropian & Ectropian
Also remember this, Dogue de Bordeaux are a large powerful breed and can be very dominant. Please research this breed before you consider one as part of your family.
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