Dogue de Bordeaux

The Dogue de Bordeaux or French Mastiff is a large dog with a muscular body and broad chest. Their face is equally large, rounded with lots of wrinkles that make it seem both experienced and gentle for it's large size. Its coat is short and soft.

Other Names
French Mastiff, Bordeaux
Country of Origin
France
Colour
Dogue de Bordeaux can be mahogany, golden, fawn or red/brown, and some dogs may have limited white markings.
Size
Large
Height / Weight
Dogs measure 60-70cms at the withers and weigh between 50-68.2kgs, the average being nearer the heavier end. Bitches measure 58-66cms at the withers and weigh between 45-50kgs, again being nearer the heavier end on average.
Health
As big and heavy dogs, the Bordeaux is screened for hip dysplasia which can be quite common. There are also at risk of eye issues like Entropian, liver tumours and other cancers.
Life Span
8-10 years
Intelligence
Dogue de Bordeaux's will need tone trained in a calm and consistent way, they are intelligent and love to please. They can be very attached to their owner and their family making them responsive to their training.
Exercise
Medium
Suitability (Children)
Low
Feeding

On average due to their large size, Bodeaux will cost about $10-20 per week to feed adequately.

Feeding Cost
$10-$20 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
Though they are large the Dogue de Bordeaux do not require as much exercise as they appear to. Several small walks a day should be sufficient as long as they include some playing and running off the lead. The Bordeaux becomes large fast, even as a puppy, and you should remember not to over-exercise them to prevent bone and joint issues in later life.
Ailments
As big and heavy dogs, the Bordeaux is screened for hip dysplasia which can be quite common. There are also at risk of eye issues like Entropian, liver tumours and other cancers.
Hair Shed
Little
Grooming

Grooming your Dogue de Bordeaux relatively easy. A rubber grooming mitt over the short coat once a week will remove any loose or dead hair. The soft skin folds on the face should be cleaned regularly to stop any skin infections from starting.

Grooming Frequency
Once a week
Trimming
None
The Dogue de Bordeaux is an ancient breed of France, thought to be a direct descendent of the Molossus of Rome. The Bordeaux was used on the French estates as hunters in the 12th Century to hunt pigs, boar, wolves and bears. In the Middle Ages they were used to drive cattle and in war time were even used to guard the flocks. A big breed, the Dogue de Bordeaux were also used for such sports as baiting and dogs fights. The breed is becoming more popular in modern times after a decline in the 20th century.


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