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Dogue de Bordeaux

Dogue de Bordeaux - Donna Deschambault

“Doyenne of the Dogues”

The Dogue de Bordeaux breed has had a tough time through history. These gentle giants have twice been brought to the brink of extinction at the hands of French Revolutionaries and Nazi soldiers - with only eight dogs left in the world after WWII. It’s been a struggle to rebuild the population of this breed, but Donna Deschambault is dedicated to the preservation and protection of this remarkable dog.

Donna is the chief organizer of the National Dogue de Bourdeaux Specialty competition. Not only is she entering four of her own dogs (with a quick side trip to a vintage car wash turned dog wash for last minute grooming), she’s managing the mayhem and politics of the competitive dog world – whose bark may just be as bad as its bite.

There are very few Dogues in Canada and breeders like Donna must go to great lengths and extra cost to avoid inbreeding. Semen is often cryogenically frozen and imported from around the world to these dedicated breeders. And there are additional hurdles. It’s very difficult to breed these dogs due to their huge size, and the unborn pup’s large heads make the birthing process potentially dangerous.  One of Donna’s dogs is about to give birth and we follow along to find out if she can deliver naturally, or needs human intervention in the form of an emergency c-section.  But all the effort is worth it for Donna, who gets deep satisfaction from knowing she’s helping the Dogue breed reestablish its presence in the world.

Dogue de Bordeaux - Donna Deschambault

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