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Dogue de Bordeaux

Country/Date of Origin: France/4th Century

The Dogue De Bordeaux can trace its ancestry back to the great mastiff dogs that came across the alps with the Roman legions. From the same stock that produced the Rottweiler, the Dogue obviously has been infused with more than a dash of Bulldog blood too. For centuries the dogs served as guards and dispatchers of large, dangerous animals. In temperament and disposition they were meant to be aggressive and surly. This has been a stumbling block to the breed's popularity today. Some of the fierce nature has been bred out and they are enjoying a new surge in popularity.

FCI Group: 2 (Working)

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French Mastiff

AKC Group: Miscellaneous

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Body Type:

  • A typical dogs of the mastiff family with a foreshortened muzzle
  • Height: 23-27 inches (at shoulder)
  • Weight: 80-100 pounds
  • Ears are set well back on the head and are small for the dog's size. They are not altered
  • Tail is medium length and tapers. It is carried low and is not altered
  • Eyes are light amber to match the coat tones
  • An undershot jaw and furrowed wrinkles on the brow impart a characteristic scowl and pugilistic expression


  • Beneath the scowling face there really is a pugnacious nature. This breed does not take to strangers
  • A natural guarding instinct
  • Extremely loyal to the person it chooses as its master
  • Generally calm and tranquil in nature. Not a high energy animal
  • Surprisingly agile when aroused


  • Short, fine, and soft
  • Color is a solid red. Dark red with warm tones is to be preferred. There must be a contrasting face mask of darker tone. In the red fawn dogs it is a dark red; in the dark red dogs it is black
  • Moderate grooming

Health Concerns:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Bloat.
  • Bone cances
  • Thyroid problems
  • Fungal or bacterial infections in deep wrinkles
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Tasty Tidbits:
  • Almost unknown in the US until 1988 when the movie Turner and Hooch introduced the breed
  • Those of you who watched the movie already know the biggest drawback of owning a Dogue De Bordeaux - slobber. Snorts, snuffles and spit go with the breed
  • Can be fierce with other dogs and often too rough for small children Puppies should be available in most parts of the United States
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