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Jonathan C.

04/03/2020

Dogue de Bordeaux

Frankie has been an amazing addition to our family during such crazy times. The breeder drove 1/2 way to NJ to meet us in OH and it was flawless. This is my 2nd puppy from PuppySpot and we are delighted. Thanks PuppySpot!

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Dogue de Bordeaux Characteristics

A specific breed for a specific type of owner, the Dogue de Bordeaux is loyal, territorial, and stubborn. These dogs require a substantial amount of early socialization and obedience training, but if you’re an experienced pet owner looking for a unique companion, this may be the breed for you.

Fast Facts

  • Energy Moderate
  • Size Large
  • Trainability Willful

The oldest recorded French breed, the Dogue de Bordeaux (which translates to "Mastiff of Bordeaux") has been bred for well over 600 years. These dogs were originally used to assist soldiers in war and pull heavy carts but now are more commonly found as household companions and guard dogs.
 
Though they have a naturally sweet temperament and disposition, the Dogue de Bordeaux can make a world-class guard dog when required. Using their imposing stature as the first measure of defense against intruders, these dogs are loyal to their families and will do anything to protect them. The Bordeaux is often seen with a fawn or red coat. Standing between 23-27 inches at the shoulder and weighing between 100-160 pounds, these dogs can not only walk the walk, but they can talk the talk.
 
These dogs are often victims of poor breeding practices. Research your breeder thoroughly to ensure they screen their puppies for common ailments (bloat is a very common health issue with the Dogue de Bordeaux) and be sure to acquire all necessary certifications. These dogs are prone to overeating and require moderate exercise and regulated feedings to ensure they maintain a healthy weight.

How dog-friendly is West Virginia?

West Virginia consistently ranks as a pretty great state for dog lovers! Its beautiful outdoor spaces, access to care, and animal welfare laws help give the state good marks. 


We looked at two major studies on pet-friendliness. Both ranked all 50 states by important factors like access to pet care, pet-friendly accommodations, animal cruelty laws, access to dog parks, and more. 


The first, by animal welfare group Pawsafe, ranked West Virginia as the 25th most pet-friendly state. Made it into the top half! 


The second study ranked West Virginia even higher. Safewise, a consumer safety review site, gave West Virginia 13th place in all 50 states. In both studies, the state scored well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards. I


Taking both studies together shows West Virginia to be pet-friendly overall, but leaves room for improvement.

A few more facts for dog-lovers in West Virginia

BringFido lists West Virginia as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 850 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists the Ghost Tours of Harpers Ferry and the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum as popular dog-friendly attractions.


Fifty percent of West Virginia residents own a dog. This is comfortably above the national dog ownership rate of 40%. 


What kinds of dogs do West Virginians love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in West Virginia are Labradors, Retrievers, and Huskies. Other popular breeds include Beagles, Basset Hounds, and Collies. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in West Virginia

West Virginia saved 34,117 dogs and cats during 2020. However, 2,739 animals were reported killed over this same period. 


Twenty-four out of 54 of the animal shelters within West Virginia are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is average, and the state has an average save rate of 84%. This is below the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state.

 

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