Dogue de Bordeaux

The Dogue de Bordeaux is a giant dog breed that originated in France where it was primarily used as a guard dog and to pull carts. It is known by a variety of different names including the French Mastiff, Bordeaux Dog, Bordeaux Mastiff, Bordeaux and the Bordeaux Bulldog. The Bordeaux has been in existence for nearly 600 years and is thought to be related to such other breeds as Mastiffs, Neapolitan Mastiffs, Bullmastiffs and Tibetan Mastiffs. They served many purposes including guarding property and livestock, pulling carts, herding cattle, and hunting wild boar. Some were also used as war dogs and to bait bulls or bears.

This is a massive dog that is strong, powerful and muscular. It's very wide and has short legs. Its massive head and powerful jaw are crucial breed characteristics, just like its dewclaws. Its coat is fine and needs occasional grooming. DDBs also drool a lot. This is a giant breed that can weigh anywhere from 120 to 150 pounds or more. The Dogue de Bordeaux has short hair that can come in various shades of fawn, mahogany or red. It has a massive, wrinkled head and rounded, drop ears that reach just above the cheeks. The muzzle is somewhat short, and the nose is typically red or light brown. The body of the Bordeaux is extremely muscular, and the tail is left long. Personality: DDBs are very affectionate and bond closely with their masters. They live to protect their masters or families. They are very alert and make excellent guard dogs. They need regular moderate exercise but are not very agile. If they don't get enough exercise they will get bored. The DDB is very hard to train and can be stubborn, disobedient and arrogant. They are good with kids if they see them as part of the family. They can be aggressive towards strangers and strange dogs but never attack without reason. Although the Bourdeaux is quite gentle and loving with its family members, it can be very distrusting and aggressive with strangers and other animals. Additionally, due to its large size, this breed is not recommended for families with young children. The Dogue de Bourdeaux is also not recommended for people who have other pets such as cats, rabbits or smaller dogs.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
Europe
Function
Life Span
8-12 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
French Mastiff, Bordeaux Dog, Bordeaux Mastiff, Bordeaux, Bordeaux Bulldog, Dogue de Bordeaux

Dogue de Bordeaux Build Information

Size
Giant
Length (Male)
22-27 in.
Length (Female)
22-24 in.
Weight
> 65 lbs
Litter Size
5 - 10 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
No
Preferred Climate
Cold

This is a massive dog that is strong, powerful and muscular. It's very wide and has short legs. Its massive head and powerful jaw are crucial breed characteristics, just like its dewclaws. Its coat is fine and needs occasional grooming. DDBs also drool a lot.

This is a giant breed that can weigh anywhere from 120 to 150 pounds or more.

The Dogue de Bordeaux has short hair that can come in various shades of fawn, mahogany or red. It has a massive, wrinkled head and rounded, drop ears that reach just above the cheeks. The muzzle is somewhat short, and the nose is typically red or light brown. The body of the Bordeaux is extremely muscular, and the tail is left long.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

DDBs are very affectionate and bond closely with their masters. They live to protect their masters or families. They are very alert and make excellent guard dogs. They need regular moderate exercise but are not very agile. If they don't get enough exercise they will get bored. The DDB is very hard to train and can be stubborn, disobedient and arrogant.

They are good with kids if they see them as part of the family.

They can be aggressive towards strangers and strange dogs but never attack without reason. Although the Bordeaux is quite gentle and loving with its family members, it can be very distrusting and aggressive with strangers and other animals. Additionally, due to its large size, this breed is not recommended for families with young children. The Dogue de Bordeaux is also not recommended for people who have other pets such as cats, rabbits or smaller dogs.

Appearance

Colors
Fawn Mahogany
Shedding
Moderate
Grooming
Low Maintenance
Coat Type
Fine

This is a dog that requires little grooming other than an occasional brushing with a hound glove. However, you will want to be sure to keep the folds clean on its face and neck. Bathe only when necessary and clean its ears using the tip of a damp cloth. Check the nails regularly, and if necessary, clip only the tips of them with a pliers-type nail clipper.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Hard
Hunting Companion
No
Jolly for Jogging
No
Sighting Capabilities
No
Ideal for Tracking
No
Retrieving Skills
No
Pointing Breed
No
Herding Skills
No
Dutiful Watchdog
Yes
Security Guard Capable
Yes
Police Performer
Yes
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
No
Able to Perform Dog Carting
Yes
Agile/Zippy
No
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
No
Possible Schutzhund Work
No
Trainable for Tricks
No
  • The dog named Hooch in the movie Turner and Hooch was a Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Years ago, brindle was an accepted color for the Bordeaux
  • The Dogue de Bordeaux is an inactive dog that will adapt well to apartment living so long as you provide it with sufficient exercise

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Common Health Conditions in Dogue de Bordeauxs

A healthy Dogue de Bordeaux can live anywhere between eight and twelve years. However, just as with most other dog breeds, there are some health issues that are common to some of these dogs. You will find these issues listed below: Hip Dysplasia, Epilepsy, Hyperkeratosis, Heart Problems, Brachycephalic Syndrome, Obesity and Ectropian. If you are looking for a dog that will make a great guardian and companion, the Dogue de Bordeaux may be the perfect breed for you! These dogs form strong bonds with their owners and will fearlessly protect them when necessary. However, due to their large size, they are not recommended for households with small children, cats, rabbits or small dogs.

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