Dogue de Bordeaux

The Dogue de Bordeaux is a large, muscular Mastiff type breed that originates from France, where it was used for fighting and to hunt large game. Despite its intimidating appearance, the Dogue de Bordeaux, with the correct training and socialisation, makes a loving, gentle and affectionate pet around the home. The Dog de Bordeaux belongs to the working group of dogs.

Dogue de Bordeaux Breed Group

Working

Size of the Dogue de Bordeaux

Large

Country of Origin

France

Colour varieties of the Dogue de Bordeaux

The Dogue de Bordeaux comes in a variety of colours which include:

  • Fawn
  • Isabella
  • Mahogany
  • Red
  • Red & White
  • Red With Black Mask
  • Red With Brown Mask
  • Tan

Time of original development

Similar type dogs can be traced back to the 14th century. The Dog de Bordeaux was first shown in its native France in 1863 and recognised by the Kennel Club in 1997.

Dogue de Bordeaux introduction and overview

The Dogue de Bordeaux is a large, stocky, muscular and powerful dog with a large head and quizzical, serious expression. It has a short, fine and soft coat.

Size and weight of the Dogue de Bordeaux

Height bitch 58-66cms

Height dog 60-69cms

Weight (kilos) bitch around 57kgs

Weight (kilos) dog around 68kgs

Exercise requirements of the Dogue de Bordeaux

The Dogue de Bordeaux requires around an hour of exercise every day.

Dogue de Bordeaux temperament, socialisation with children, other dogs and other pets

This powerful breed is, in the right hands placid and even tempered. Training and socialisation from an early age is crucial to prevent dominant or aggressive behaviour. The size of this dog makes it unsuitable for families with small children. It is devoted and protective to its owner and makes an excellent guard dog around the home.

Is the Dogue de Bordeaux a good dog for a first time dog owner?

No. This imposing dog breed is ideally suited to experienced and competent owners with knowledge of the breed to prevent unwanted dominant behaviour. The sheer size of the Dogue de Bordeaux also makes it an impractical choice for many households.

Dogue de Bordeaux coat length

Short

Grooming requirements of the Dogue de Bordeaux

Low. The Dogue de Bordeaux requires little grooming, but a regular brush with a hound brush or polish with a chamois leather will add a lovely sheen to the coat.

Hypoallergenic?

The Dogue de Bordeaux sheds hair throughout the year making it an unsuitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Dogue de Bordeaux

The Dogue de Bordeaux is a fairly hardy dog, but owners should consult their breeder about the following known health issues in the breed:

  • Breathing problems
  • Eye problems including ectropion
  • Heart problems
  • Hip dysplasia

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Dogue de Bordeaux

A healthy Dogue de Bordeaux should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 6-10 years.

Approximate Dogue de Bordeaux pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay around £700-£1,000 for a pedigree puppy, and litters are often available. There are generally 6-8 puppies in an average litter. There were 1,770 dogs registered with the Kennel Club in 2015.

Estimating how much a Dogue de Bordeaux would need to be fed each day

A bitch weighing between 50kgs will require around 509gms of complete dry food daily. A dog weighing 60kgs will require around 60kgs of complete dry food daily. A bitch weighing 50kgs will cost approximately £12.50 per week to feed. A dog weighing 60kgs will cost approximately £14.00 per week to feed.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment