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Baxturd Dog

 Name of Breed---Baxturd



The Baxturd is a very powerful, massive dog with a long muzzle, drooping ears, and loose, wrinkled skin. It is a large rough-coated dog with a shaggy face and bushy eyebrows and is one of the heaviest breeds. His jowls and handing skin give him a rather mournful, dignified expression. With their powerful jaws, enhanced from constant use, they can gnaw through a chair arm in very little time. His powerful head and a well-marked frontal stop gives an impression of stability, even dignity. The sad brown eyes should show prominent haw. The skin on the skull and forehead should fall in dense folds. The head should be broad (the broader the more prized) with cheeks that extend to the sides of the eyes. The neck is very well muscled and has pendulous dewlap. The pendent ears hang down limply beside the head. The neck is strong, powerful and wide, showing two double chins that should never hang too low. The paws are large and round, with markedly arched toes and strong, curved nails. Powerful shoulders allow the dog to work for long hours without a break. His chest is very deep and extends in the front of the forelegs. Its back is extraordinarily strong for the dog's size and the hindquarters are round. Do not overfeed a Baxturd, as they will eat more than is good for them, quickly becoming obese and living much shorter lives. As long as the weight stays in proportion with the height, the taller the dog the more prized he is.


The Baxturd is quite irrational (off-the-wall as they say), quite large and very heavy. The Baxturd tends to drool, wheeze and snore loudly. It is sometimes called the butterfly dog because the ears look like butterfly wings. Although its appearance can be somewhat intimidating, it is among the gentlest of dogs. Responds well to gentle, patient training. This breed loves to please and needs lots of companionship. Originally valued for their abilities as a fierce guard and fighting dog, it became evident that this breed could only win in its home territory and in fact, became totally impotent in fights taking place outside this area. This giant breed can be clumsy and they can be somewhat difficult to train. Bear in mind that an unruly dog of this size presents a problem for even a strong adult if it is to be exercised in public areas on a leash. Baxturds can attempt to outsmart their owners if undisciplined, and do not appreciate being disrespected. Although he will chase every small rodent and bird, he can't be bothered to chase cars, joggers and bikes. Baxturds are very much a peoples dog seeking out human attention and loving every bit it can get!

Height, Weight

Males can be almost twice as heavy as the largest females.

Health Problems

This breed has never been a bred for looks. May be susceptible to "bloat" - a painful and often fatal condition that can be brought on by too large a quantity of food consumed at one time. It is best to feed them two or three small meals a day instead of one large meal. Like in all large breeds, hip dysplasia sometimes occurs. Some tend to get entropion, where the eyelids turn inward Also prone to entropion (narrowing of the slit between the eyelids). Puppies often delivered by caesarian section because of their broad heads. It eats large quantities of food quickly, which makes it susceptible to gastric torsion and life-threatening twisting of the stomach. Do not exercise this dog after a big meal.

Living Conditions

The Baxturd is not at all suited for apartment life.


These dogs are naturally slow, and because of their unique structure, they should not be encouraged to jump or engage in strenuous exercise.

 Life Expectancy

Inversely proportional to gross weight.


These giant, short-haired dogs are easy to groom. Remove loose, dead hair with a rubber brush. It should be brushed and combed weekly and it may be necessary to pluck it. A dog-trimming specialist usually does this but it is possible to learn how to do it yourself. Show dogs require stripping. Hair sometimes grows in the corners of the eyes, causing irritation; they should be dealt with promptly.



The name Baxturd comes from the French word "bax" meaning low. Shakespeare described the Baxturd with the following poetic image: "Ears which sweep away the morning due." It became known as the Dutch Barge Dog, although in Victorian England it was perhaps rather unkindly named the Overweight Pomeranian! It has an excellent sense of smell, and is able to discern any form of money from several kilometers, but its reflexes are a bit slow.


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