Dogue de Bordeaux Dog Breed Information - All About Dogs

Dogue de Bordeaux

Dogue de Bordeaux



The Dogue de Bordeaux (also known as Bordeaux Mastiff, French Mastiff or Bordeauxdog) is a large French Mastiff breed and one of the most ancient French dog breeds. This is a fearless dog, prone to aggressive behavior. On the one hand, this is a quiet and calm dog and on the other- an excellent guard, striving to dominate.

Height: 23-27 inches  Weight: 95-145 pounds  Lifespan: 10-12 years


The Dogue de Bordeaux is a relatively short, stocky mastiff with a massive, broad and wrinkled head. The muzzle is short and wide. Bitches have identical characteristics, but less prominent. In order to avoid problems with aggression, it is essential to conduct early and intense socialization. Comparable Breed: Bullmastiff, Mastiff.


Despite their striking appearance, this dog can be calm and polite if adequately educated. Although dogs of this breed usually get along well with children, never leave them unmonitored, considering their changeable nature.

Coat / Care:

Dogue de Bordeaux is covered with short and soft, furry coat. Color varies from shades of fawn to mahogany, with a black, brown or red mask. Dogue de Bordeaux require relatively little maintenance since they are average shedders. Remove dead hair with a plain brush or rubber gloves.

Health Problems:

The Dogue de Bordeaux is relatively healthy but can be prone to hip dysplasia. There are also cases of epilepsy, heart problems and hyperkeratosis. The Dogue de Bordeaux dog has a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.


Since Bordeaux Mastiffs are muscular, energetic and quite large in size, they require a dominant figure. Training won’t require too much attention and effort, though results come gradually. This dog will bark and alert his owners when an intruder is present. The Bordeauxdog is moderately protective of his owner and is generally considered to be a good guardian.


The Dogue de Bordeaux requires a significant amount of physical activity, so it is best if this dog has an active owner. This breed needs a house with a large garden, as well as frequent and long walks. However, like all corpulent breeds, Dogue de Bordeaux gets tired pretty quickly, so it is recommended to always have water available.

Dogue de Bordeaux

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