Dogue De Bordeaux


Group: Mastiff

Weight: 120-145 lbs

Height: 23-30 inches

History There are many different theories regarding the origin of the Dogue de Bordeaux going around. Some say it may be descended from the Greek and Roman Molossus or from the mastiffs brought to Europe by the Alans or from the dogs of Aquitaine or from the Spanish dogs from Burgos. The Dogue de Bordeaux has been used for many things over a very long time. These dogs have been used as war dogs and also as guardians of flocks. They have also been used to fight in gladiator sports.


The Dogue De Bordeaux is very often used to serve as a watch dog or as a guard dog. It is important that these dogs are socialised well when still young so that issues of aggressions can be avoid later on. These dogs should not be chosen if you are an inexperienced owner.


Over time, breeders have tried to soften the character of these dogs somewhat in order to get rid of their fierceness. Presently the Dogue De Bordeaux has a very even temperament, and they are very loyal and devoted to their families. These dogs show no fear, and they will try and confront strangers. These dogs make wonderful watch and guard dogs. The Dogue De Bordeaux also has the tendency to show aggression toward other dogs. It should also be known that these dogs snore and drool a lot. Apart from the terrifying look on their faces, these dogs are very gentle with children and family members.


These dogs do not require a lot of grooming, and these dogs are average shedding dogs. Brushing these dogs with a firm hair brush is recommended in order to get rid of dead hear. The coats of these dogs can also be wiped down with a damp cloth in order to remove excess hair. For more detailed info, take a look at the Dogue De Bordeaux Grooming page.


The Dogue De Bordeaux is a breed of average intelligence – but they are still very committed and obedient dogs. These dogs are always eager to please these owners, and they will require dominant trainers to avoid problems. These dogs are fearless, brave and also very large – they tend to do well in obedience, sports and working activities.