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Dogue De Bordeaux Breed Summary

Gentle, Adoring, Friendly, Dominant and Intelligent

These doggies are an extremely ancient breed and are native to France! They were bred to hunt large animals and were additionally used as fighting dogs as well! However, nowadays they are a very affectionate breed, who in the right hands, make lovely family pets.

They are very unique appearance with their large heads but are also built to be extremely agile and have huge amounts of stamina. They are more than capable of jumping over fences and can get a lot of height behind themselves! They are becoming an increasingly popular breed both here in the UK and across the rest of the world!

Fun Fact: Make sure you've got a mop ready because these guys are very drooly and dribble a lot!

Kennel Club Group Working
Lifespan 5 - 8 years
Height (at the withers) Males 60 – 69cm, Females 58 – 66 cm at thewithers
Weight Males 68 kg, Females 57 kg
Coat The Coat is Short, Fine and Soft to the Touch.
Colour Fawn, Isabella, Mahogany, Red, Red & White, Red with Black Mask, Red with Brown Mask, Tan
Eye colour Hazel or Dark Brown
Common health issues Hip dysplasia, Elbow dysplasia, Demodectic mange, Breathing issues, Eye problems which includes ectropion, Heart problems, Skin disease, Bloat, Hypothyroidism, Eosinophilic panosteitis (Pano)
Other Names French Mastiff, Bordeaux Mastiff, Bordeaux dog, Dogue, DDB

Though they may seem big and scary to some, Dogue De Bordeaux's are nothing more than gentle giants at heart. Dogues make extremely fond and loyal pets and love nothing more than being with their ‘hooman’ families, getting on very well with friends and strangers a-like! However, male doggies tend to be a little bit more dominant than females which means they can get over-protective of their families, but this can easily be addressed by socialising and training your pups from an early age. They aren’t the best breed to get for first time owners as they can be quite difficult to train due to their enormous size and high-intelligence, which can mean they become destructive is they become frustrated or bored. However, if you have the time, space and expertise for dealing with this large doggy, you can enjoy years of fluffy and warm cuddles!

This ancient doggy breed is one of the most ancient breeds that is also native to France. Dogue De Bordeaux's are also potential descendants of the ‘Alan’ breed, who have been described by a 14th century write as having ‘a bite stronger than three sighthounds’! It’s thought they may have come about when the English ruled Bordeaux, bringing their Bulldogs and Mastiffs with them and mated them with local cattle dogs. They were relatively unknown outside of their local area, until 1863 when the first French Dog Show was held in Paris, where one of the breed was first exhibited. During WW1 and 2, the breed suffered a great deal and at the end of it all, there were only 10 breeding pairs left in the world! However, the doggy breeders have been trying their hardest and even to this day the numbers of new puppies continue to rise.