Dog Profiles - Description of Dogue de Bordeaux

Dogue de Bordeaux

Description: The Dogue de Bordeaux is a very powerful dog, with a very muscular body yet retaining a harmonious general outline. Stocky, athletic, imposing, he has a very dissuasive aspect. An excellent family pet, he guards what is his, even his owner. He will bond to his family and feel separation is a form of punishment.

Height: Males: 23-27 in., Females: 22-26 in.

Weight: Males at least 110 lbs., Females at least 99 lbs.

Colors: Self-colored, in all shades of fawn, from Mahogany to Isabella (lightest fawn). A good pigmentation is required. Limited white patches are permissible on the chest and extremities of the limbs. They are available in three mask colors. 1. No mask or red mask; 2. Brown mask; 3. Black mask.

Coat: Skin, thick and sufficiently loose fitting. Hair, Fine, short and soft to the touch.

Temperament: Calm, balanced and affectionate. Gets along well with Children. Very patient. Usually gets along with other pets. Lover of the family and watch dog. Good guard-dog.

Care and Exercise: Easy care, moderate exercise. Loves nothing better than to go for a walk or swim.

Training: They are a very powerful animal and it is highly recommended that you provide your Dogue with some basic obedience training. Consistent training and a fair and calm manner. Don't let the face fool you, they are highly intelligent and learn quickly although they can be quite stubborn. Once they learn a command they rarely forget it.

Activity: Medium

Living Environment: Dogues thrive on family contact so the closer they are to you the happier they are. Will live inside or outside, but do require a fair sized yard.

Life Span: 8-10 years

Litter Size: 6-8

Country of Origin: France

History: The Dogue is one of the oldest French Breeds. Its actual origins are obscure but it probably descended from one of the strains of Mastiff type dogs that accompanied Macedonian and Roman armies through Asia, Europe and Britain. They were used as guardian dogs for protecting homes, butcher shops and vineyards, as well as pack hunting dogs that baited bulls and pursued boars, bears and jaguars. The breed narrowly missed extinction during the two world wars but enjoyed resurgence in the 1960's. Sometime in the early 1980's the first Dogue was imported to the United States. The breed is now used today almost exclusively as a family companion and house guardian.

Registration: FCI (Group 6)