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Dogue De Bordeaux


Commonly referred to as the "French Mastiff", the Dogue de Bordeaux breed originated around the 1920s. Though not known certainty, the breed is thought to of been made up of the Bulldog, Bullmastiff, Tibetan Mastiff, as well as unknown Spanish and Roman type dog bloodlines. The Dogue de Bordeaux was used as a bodyguard, war dog, hunted bears and other large animals as well as being a cattle herder.


Both males and females measuring 23-30 inches in height and weighing in on average between 120-145 pounds, this breed is large and in charge when it comes to appearance. Built very solid and muscular, the Dogue de Bordeaux carries a very square shaped head, with triangular ears that frame their face. Their two large eyes range in color from hazel to darker browns, as their nose always remains a lighter brown or red. This breed has a lot of wrinkles on their face that require special attention when it comes to grooming and health. A short, single layer coat protects this breeds loose skin, and is available in different variations of reds, mahogany's and tans. This breed can also have a small marking of white found on the chest or body which is quite common. A very broad chest, equal in width to its body, fades directly into stocky, thick legs and large rounder shaped feet. It is important to note that this breed drools a lot due to the loose skin surrounding their jaw that hangs.


Please note that the Dogue de Bordeaux is not recommended for every household or person interested in this breed. This breed requires an owner who has a lot of dog experience and knowledge of the breed. Wonderful with children of all ages and other pets as long as he or she grows up along side of them, the Dogue de Bordeaux is an incredibly loyal and devoted dog to add to your family. When it comes to strangers or people at the door, the Dogue de Bordeaux is nothing less than "ready to charge". For this reason of the protectiveness and willingness this dog has for its family, it needs a special owner who knows how to handle these situations and types of breeds. This breed requires positive reinforcement training methods only, as well as a daily pack walk and interaction. This breed needs a firm, certain and confident owner who is extremely consistent. This breed is only recommended for single family homes and country living environments. Positive reinforcement training methods only.


An average shedder, the Dogue de Bordeaux requires regular brushing and bathing when needed.

Special Notes

It is important for potential breeders to understand that the Dogue de Bordeaux should have a Cesarean in order to give birth to her puppies due to the size of the puppies. Please fully educate yourself about this breed prior to adding one to your family to ensure that this is the proper breed for you and you are able to make a life long commitment to your new family member. Also note, this breed drools heavily and will worsen as with age due to even looser skin around their mouth, and this breed also snores. A properly installed fence is highly recommended for your new addition to be able to roam freely and safely while outdoors. Do not add this breed to your home unless you are able to provide life long physical and financial care. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of the

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