Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics



 The Dogue de Bordeaux Club of America exists to improve and protect the breed and these aims should to be uppermost in the minds and actions of its members.

Members shall demonstrate good sportsmanship and behave in a manner that will be conducive to the advancement of our breed and the Dogue de Bordeaux Club of America, with the welfare of the dog always being the foremost concern.


All Dogues de Bordeaux in the care of members will be provided a clean, healthy environment, and given proper nutrition and veterinary care. Vaccinations will be administered according to local and state regulations.  Members will assure that all their Dogues de Bordeaux receive individual attention on a daily basis. All dogs should be given training and socialization with humans and other animals sufficient to enable them to become well-adjusted assets to society.  All dogs must have access to clean water at all times.  Dogs should be fed at least once per day.  Dogs must have access to dry, weatherproof housing.


I shall discourage the promotion, support, and raising of dogs for fighting. I will not knowingly sell, give or trade dogs that will be used for fighting; I shall not condone or be associated with the facing off, game testing, pitting or rolling of dogs.


  1. Members recognize that anyone breeding Dogues de Bordeaux, whether by offering stud service or producing a litter from their own bitch, bears great responsibility to the future of the breed. The ultimate goal of the responsible breeder should be to produce sound, attractive, healthy puppies with good temperaments, whether for pet or show. Breeders should have a basic knowledge of genetics, the breed, dog breeding in general, and the specific faults and virtues of their chosen genetic lines. They should also be aware of potential health problems, associated both with the breed itself, and the specific lines. Motivation for breeding the Dogue de Bordeaux should be the improvement of the breed, and not solely for financial gain.
  2. Dogues de Bordeaux used for breeding should conform as closely as possible to the breed standard. Both parents should be clear of discoverable genetic defects prior to breeding.
  3. Only those dogs known to be free of defects should be used for breeding. Those include unilateral or bilateral cryptorchids, evidence of vicious or shy temperaments, and any other defect addressed in the breed standard. Being a responsible breeder, I will refrain from using a dog that, although free from the above defects, consistently produces afflicted puppies.
  4. Members will ensure to their best ability that no stud dog or brood bitch owned by them is bred to any dog or bitch whose owner is directly or indirectly involved with any dog broker, puppy mill, pet shop that retails dogs, auction, litter lot sales, or any other commercial enterprise whose business is involved in these activities.
  5. Members will take responsibility for all the dogs they produce. Members understand that if sufficient good homes with responsible owners are not found in the form of puppy buyers or adoptive homes, it is incumbent upon the breeder to keep all unplaced puppies of his production and provide them with proper care and attention. Members are also willing to take back any dog they have produced at any time during its life. Stud dog owners should also assist with rehoming of dogs sired by their stud dogs.


  1. Members shall make every effort to educate all interested persons and to represent the breed honestly to prospective buyers.
  2. Breeders will be discriminating in the sale of puppies and adult dogs. They will be particularly concerned with the type of homes in which their dogs are placed. No member will engage in the wholesaling of litters, or in the sale of any Dogue de Bordeaux to pet shops, dealers, catalog houses, or other commercial establishments involved in the reselling of dogs; nor will any Dogue de Bordeaux be donated or given as prizes in contests, raffles, or fundraising events, no matter how charitable.
  3. Before agreeing to sell a Dogue de Bordeaux, breeders will educate potential buyers about the temperament and qualities of the Dogue de Bordeaux, and about its grooming, training, socialization and exercise needs. Breeders will also determine the capability and intention of the potential buyer to provide proper care and an appropriate environment for a Dogue de Bordeaux for its entire natural life. Breeders will refuse to place a Dogue de Bordeaux with any potential owner who does not appear well suited to owning a Dogue de Bordeaux.
  4. Breeders will be available to buyers for whatever reasonable advice, aid, and assistance they may need for the life of that dog.
  5. All agreements should be in writing, and be clearly understood by all parties. Dogs should be guaranteed against serious hereditary afflictions and replacements or dollar refunds offered, where necessary. The agreement should specify that dogs which are not intended for breeding or conformation exhibition should be spayed or neutered and /or sold on a limited registration.
  6. When transferring possession of a puppy or adult dog, the breeder will follow these guidelines:
  7. a)  Each dog sold will be, to the best of the seller’s knowledge, in good health, free from parasites, and will have had adequate immunization for its age.
  8. b) Records detailing all dates and types of medical care given to the dog will be supplied to the buyer.
  9. c)  Breeder will provide written instructions to the buyer on the feeding, health, training, and grooming needed for the proper care of the puppy/ dog.
  10. d)  Puppy must be a minimum age of 8 weeks old before leaving the breeder.
  11. e)  Breeder will supply a pedigree of no less than 3 generations.

IMPLEMENTATION: The Dogue de Bordeaux Club of America Code of Ethics is enforceable by the DDBCA Board of Directors under the provisions of the By Laws of the DDBCA. Members in violation of these codes are subject to disciplinary actions of the DDBCA including suspension and/or expulsion.

Kennel owners must meet all local, county and state government requirements for kennel operations.