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.
The Dogue de Bordeaux comes in a variety of colours which include:
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.
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.
Height bitch 58-66cms
Height dog 60-69cms
Weight (kilos) bitch around 57kgs
Weight (kilos) dog around 68kgs
The Dogue de Bordeaux requires around an hour of exercise every day.
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.
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.
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.
The Dogue de Bordeaux sheds hair throughout the year making it an unsuitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.
The Dogue de Bordeaux is a fairly hardy dog, but owners should consult their breeder about the following known health issues in the breed:
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.
A healthy Dogue de Bordeaux should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 6-10 years.
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.
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.
Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including: