Dogue De Bordeaux Breed Summary
Gentle, Adoring, Friendly, Dominant and Intelligent
These dogs 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 have a 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! 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 60cm – 69cm, Females 58cm – 66cm|
|Weight||Males 63kg - 68 kg, Females 53kg - 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 alike! However, males do 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're not the best breed for first-time owners as they can be quite difficult to train due to their enormous size and high-intelligence, they can also become destructive if they become frustrated or bored.
This ancient breed is native to France and have 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 and a Dogue 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, breeders have been trying their hardest and even to this day the numbers of new puppies continue to rise.