Phyrie wrote:I have more than a little concern here. You are asking basic questions about a breed of dog that is reputably difficult to handle. You are asking how much to feed him, and basic care questions that you should be able to answer well in advance of buying a dog of this breed. Or any breed, for that matter. If you don't how to exercise a dog, or feed it, you might want to do a bit more research before jumping into dog ownership.
You should know the answers to all these questions before you buy a dog. Especially an "experienced-handler required" dog.
I know you mean well but you should really read what you type before you hit submit as you sound rather condescending and even insulting. I'm asking these questions because there are good ones to know for sure and I've not had a 100lb+ breed and there is not much information available on a rare breed like the Dogue de Bordeaux. I have read many conflicting answers from numerous people supposedly informed on the breed and so I thought I would get another set of answers from. And sorry for not instantly knowing all there is to know about the breed, but I'm shocked to see you seem to be upset that I am asking questions. This dog will not even be ready to go home until end of august early september if I do decide to purchase a puppy as he is not even born yet. If you dont have anything constructive to add then please do not come into my thread acting all snobbish.
Here's what I know about the breed since you seem so concerned;
Its a big dog, they eat a lot, ive read anywhere from 4-6 cups a day depending on the food.
As it is one of the gentle giants i have read from many places and talked to some people and they say it is a rather lazy dog as a lot of large mastiff breeds are(supposedly) hence why I am asking another breeder who seems like they love their dogs to get their opinion so a 30 minute walk a day by all accounts so far would seem resonable. although until they are 12 months old physical activity over 10 minutes is discouraged as is excessive running, jogging or jumping to prevent hyp and joiny problems
I dont know about how long it takes them to be crate trained but ive read they know to go outside rather quickly.
Ive also read that as long as he is raised with the other dog and I'm sure to train him to know his place in the pack he will be fine but they say the same for all dogs even ones who are generally aggresive towards other dogs so I wanted to get an additional opinion.
Sorry for asking questions, /sarcasm
ps. sorry if i seem grumpy, gf had to get up at 530 to go to work at the hospital and I was unable to get back to sleep. I probably should my own advice and preread this but i'm in a fowl mood.
edit: oh and we have some very excellent training facilities in ann arbor where he will be attending numerous classes such as puppy kindergarten, jumpstart obedience training and then regular obedience training.