Dogue De Bordeaux Puppies

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The Calm, Gentle, and Affectionate Dogue de Bordeaux

Also known as French Mastiffs, Dogues de Bordeaux are an ancient French dog breed that are large guardians. They are powerful and muscular, but also sweet and sensitive. They are a unique combination of stubborn and eager to please, and with proper training make great family dogs.

Dogue De Bordeaux At a Glance

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Dogue De Bordeaux At a Glance

  • Size: 21"-25", 42-75 lbs.
  • Lifespan: 11-14 years
  • Energy Level: high
  • Coat: Can be short, long, or rough
  • Shedding: moderate
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Dog Group: Working
  • Common Nicknames: French Mastiff, the Hooch dog

Dogue de Bordeaux Breed Guide

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  • Temperament

    Training is very important with Dogues de Bordeaux, and when properly trained they are calm, gentle, and affectionate. They are eager to please, but can be stubborn if they aren't properly trained. This stubbornness combined with their size and strength can cause trouble, and early socialization is recommended.

  • Health

    Bloat, or gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV), is a serious concern in the Dogue de Bordeaux. Apart from that, they could be prone to heart disease, cancer, orthopedic issues, or epilepsy.

  • Activity Level

    Dogues de Bordeaux are a medium energy level dog with unique exercise needs. As puppies they should be limited to low-level exercise until they are 18 months to avoid straining their developing bones and joints. As they grow older they are able to do more strenuous exercise, but they are often content lounging with their owner.

  • Grooming

    Keep a towel around because French Mastiffs are known to drool. Wiping their face regularly will keep it off of your clothes and furniture. You should also pay attention to the wrinkles on their face and ensure they remain clean. Brushing regularly can reduce shedding. They should receive a bath every month to keep clean.

  • Shedding

    The short, soft fur of your Dogue de Bordeaux will shed a moderate amount.

  • Appearance

    Dogues de Bordeaux are known for their powerful build and large head, which is claimed to be the largest head in the canine world. They are set low to the ground, and don't stand as tall as other large dog breeds. They have a short, soft coat can feature fawn, mahogany, black, or red colorings.

  • History

    The French Mastiff is older than France itself! Dogues de Bordeaux are traced back to the time of Julius Ceaser, when they were bred as war dogs and canine gladiators. They've since been used as hunters, drafters, and guarders. They were used as guard dogs for French aristocrats until their owners were guillotined in the French Revolution. They survived without their aristocratic owners by becoming livestock drovers.