Dogue de Bordeaux

The Dogue de Bordeaux is also called the “French mastiff” and is one among the ancient breed across the globe. Referred to as the “gentle giant”, this breed has a huge head that makes it easy to identify among the rest. It is available in various coat shades like red, brown, mahogany, fawn and black.

Dogue de Bordeaux Breed Information

The Dogue de Bordeaux is said to have lived in Bordeaux, France first for more than 600 years. It was used in big games to hunt the boar and to guard vast estates. During the French revolution, many dogs of this breed were killed and after it got over, Raymond Triquet who formed a French club for Dogue de Bordeaux saved the breed. It then performed various roles such as that of a guard dog, war dog, to hunt boars, bait jaguars, bulls and bears, herd cattle and the flock. Later it was imported to US in 1959 and achieved huge popularity worldwide. The AKC then recognized it in 2008.
This dog bonds well with every member in the family. It does not like to be left alone in the house for long as it considers this separation as a punishment. The Dogue de Bordeaux is highly protective of its family and territory and will protect it fiercely if under a threat.
  • Activity level: 3/5 (has hunter’s instincts)
  • Intelligence level: 4/5 (very intelligent and keen)
  • Curiosity: 3/5 (curious about new things at home)
  • Friendliness: 3/5 (friendly with children and family)
  • Vocal: 3/5 (barks to alert of a danger or intruder)
The powerful and athletic build of its body looks like it is borrowed from the lion, as the big sized head with lots of wrinkles and a pink nose has a contrast look. This makes this dog a fine specimen of acromegalic breed, thanks to its extremely set bones and excess skin growth.
  • Fur: A short coat with fine hair with a silky touch drapes its thick skin.
  • Eyes: It has oval shaped eyes that are widely set with eye colour ranging from dark brown to hazel.
  • Body structure: It has a broad looking muscular body which is rightly complimented by broad chest, muscular legs with strong bones, strong and muscular neck to support the wide looking head.
  • Facial features: The face of the Dogue de Bordeaux wears a frank expression.
  • Weight: A fully mature adult Dogue de Bordeaux will have a body weight of 54.4 kgs to 65.2 kg.
Health and Care
Even though Dogue de Bordeaux is a healthy breed and are not prone to any major health issue, some are prone to hip dysplasia, as it a heavy dog. Hence it is important to watch the weight of your pet regularly and feed it with low fat and nutritious dog food in limited portions. Some other common health issues that some dogs might suffer from are entropion, liver tumor and heart issues. However these conditions can be averted when the vet does a heart, eye and liver examination. This big sized breed can live up to 12 years and will require regular workouts in the form of long walks. This breed is not a shedder and you just need to brush it and give bath occasionally. Also remember to clean the wrinkles on the face of Dogue de Bordeaux to prevent any kind of infections. Offer a perfect living environment, which is neither too hot nor cold.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely. Do you know more about this breed and want to share your knowledge with us? Send us an email at
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