Height: 23-27 inches
Weight: 80-100 lbs.
Life Span: 10-12 yrs.
Breed Group: Guardian Dogs
The Dogue de Bordeaux boasts a very deep, intimidating bark. It guards its
property with vigilance and great courage but usually without aggression.
This breed becomes very attached to its owner and is affectionate with children
but can be aggressive with unfamiliar dogs.
Early socialization and obedience classes will help to control any tendencies
toward dominance or aggression and can make it possible for this breed to
live with other animals, including cats. Some are heavy droolers.
The fine-haired, short coat is soft to the touch. Coat color is solid mahogany
(reddish brown) or various shades of golden fawn--the more common color
in the United States.
The Dogue de Bordeaux has a massive head lined with symmetrical wrinkles
and a broad, powerful jaw.
Grooming & Exercise Needs
The Dogue de Bordeaux's short coat needs only occasional brushing. As with
most large, heavy breeds, exercise needs are moderate.
The Dogue de Bordeaux, or Bordeaux mastiff, originated in France and was
trained in ancient times to attack bulls, bears, and other dogs.
Today it is a companion and guard dog. Although intimidating in appearance,
this dog has a calm temperament.
The Dogue de Bordeaux requires an experienced owner.
Breed-related health concerns: hip dysplasia, bloat.
Reference: AKC - American Kennel Club