Dogue de Bordeaux
45-50 kg (approx)
8-10 years (approx)
The Dogue de Bordeaux is a very powerful dog, with a very muscular body yet retaining a harmonious general outline. He is built rather close to the ground. Stocky, athletic, imposing, he has a very dissuasive aspect. The undershot bite is a characteristic of the breed.
The Dogue de Bordeaux is one of the oldest French Breeds. Its actual origins are obscure but it probably descended from one of the strains of Mastiff-type dogs that accompanied Macedonian and Roman armies through Asia, Europe & Britain. We do know that the Dogue was used as a guardian, a hunter, and a fighter. They were trained to bait bulls, bears, and jaguars: hunt boars, herd cattle, and protect the homes, butcher shops, and vineyards of their masters. The breed is now used today almost exclusively as a family companion and house guardian.
A good companion, very attached to his master and very affectionate. Calm, balanced with a high stimulus threshold. The male normally has a dominant character.
The Dogue De Bordeaux is quite an easy breed as far as grooming goes, with a bath once a month or if they become smelly. Being a breed with a short coat, there is not a lot of grooming, maybe a quick brush once a week. As a puppy, keep your Bordeaux fairly lean until he or she is around 12 months of age and has stopped their growth, this will make for much healthier joints and bones.