AKC Classification: Working
General Size: XLarge
Height: 23.5 – 27”
Weight: 100 – 150 pounds
Country of Origin: France
The Dogue de Bordeaux is a large, very stocky dog that reaches a height of 23.5 to 27 inches at the withers. The most distinctive feature of this breed is its massive, large head with lots of noticeable wrinkles on it. These wrinkles extend to the neck, which also has loose skin. The Dogue de Bordeaux has a short, soft and reddish colored coat with either a black or dark red mask. White markings are allowed on the Dogue de Bordeaux, but only on the chest and the tips of the paws. The tail is very thick and strong, as well as straight. The life expectancy averages 8 – 10 years for this breed.
The Dogue de Bordeaux may be a large dog, but nevertheless they are good indoor dogs. This breed can even be kept in an apartment. They are somewhat active, though, and need at least one long walk each day in order to get enough exercise. After a long walk, these dogs prefer to go back inside and once there remain inactive. No yard is necessary to own this breed. The Dogue de Bordeaux sheds moderately throughout the year and needs to be brushed a few times each week to keep the coat healthy and rid it of any loose hair. This is a very powerful dog, and that fact needs to be kept in mind when walking or training any Dogue de Bordeaux. Another fact to keep in mind is that these dogs do drool, and that trait is especially noticeable when they eat and drink.
The Dogue de Bordeaux makes a great pet for a family with children because of its patient, gentle and overall balanced temperament. They are very loyal and devoted dogs that love their family unconditionally. A Dogue de Bordeaux, however, also makes an excellent watch and guard dog. They are not scared to confront any perceived wrong-doers and have the ability to keep someone at bay without being overly aggressive. They are not friendly with strangers and it can take time before any outsiders are accepted. The Dogue de Bordeaux needs to have contact with other animals and socialization from an early age in order to prevent aggressive tendencies. A male Dogue de Bordeaux can have a dominant personality, and therefore keeping another male dog in the home is generally not a good idea.
The Dogue de Bordeaux, also known as the Bordeaux Bulldog or French Mastiff, was originally bred in France. Although the history of this breed is not known with certainty, it is believed to have been the result of crossing several large dogs, including the Bullmastiff
and local dog breeds. Originally, the Dogue de Bordeaux was bred to be a guard and fighting dog, as well as a hunting dog for baiting animals like boars and bears. However, even though these guarding instincts remain intact, the breed is now known to be a great companion and family dog.
The Dogue de Bordeaux, just like many other large and heavy breeds, is susceptible to joint problems. Probably the most common health problem that the Dogue de Bordeaux faces is hip or elbow dysplasia. On top of that, the breed can suffer from spinal problems and weak cruciates or ligaments. Bloating is another common problem that owners of a Dogue de Bordeaux have to watch out for.
Other health problems that are known to affect this breed include hypothyroidism and pano, a condition which occurs before the dog reaches one year of age. The Dogue de Bordeaux also has sensitive skin, which makes the breed prone to skin disease and mange. It is best to have a trusted vet check any Dogue de Bordeaux puppy before purchasing, and also to ask for its lineage to make sure that the puppy is from healthy dogs. This way, the hereditary problems like dysplasia can be avoided for the most part.
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