Dogue de Bordeaux Breed Maintenance
This breed’s short coat is quite manageable, requiring regular brushing with a curry comb or soft bristle brush to control the shedding, and monthly baths are usually adequate for these dogs. Medicated shampoo may be required if any skin disorders such as Ichthyosis are affecting the dog, and care should be taken to ensure that the folds of skin have not trapped any moisture as it can cause skin irritation and a foul odor may develop. The face and muzzle area should be examined and wiped down on a weekly basis to prevent the formation of red yeast and other fungal or bacterial infestations, particularly as dogs of this breed tends to drool rather heavily. The paw pads for these giant dogs should also get some special attention to prevent drying and cracking, including the use of a good dog-safe moisturizer. Dogues generally don’t require a great deal of exercise, and exercise during hotter weather should be minimized to protect your dog from overheating. This breed should never be left outside alone for very long in anything but the mildest of weather due to their shortened snouts and reduced ability to compensate for either heat or cold temperatures.