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(French mastiff, Bordeaux Bulldog) The Dogue de Bordeaux is a stout, burly mastiff breed with a thick-set body and a distinctive, massive-sized head. Their topline is level and blends into the rounded croup. The front limbs are heavy, well-boned, and parallel, and the tail is straight, thick at the base, and tapers to a point. The breed has a very large head that is heavy, wide, and wrinkled. Their jaw is strong and undershot and their muzzle is short. The breed’s lips hang down over the lower jaw, and their nostrils are broad and open. The skin around the neck is loose and forms a pronounced dewlap. The Dogue de Bordeaux has a red or black facial mask and a soft, short-haired coat that exists in a variety of shades of fawn or mahogany. White markings on the toes and chest may be present.

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While the Dogue de Bordeaux was once a ferocious, merciless animal, breeders have softened the temperament of this breed to make it more suitable for life as a companion dog. Today, the Dogue de Bordeaux is calm, patient, and loyal. They are even-tempered and devoted to their family. Because of their fearlessness and confrontational demeanor, this breed also makes an excellent guard dog and watch dog. They can be very aggressive with other dogs, especially towards dogs of the same sex. The Dogue de Bordeaux should be socialized from an early age to prevent the onset of aggressive behavior. They are not a suitable choice for first-time dog owners. This breed is likely to drool and snore.

The Dogue de Bordeaux is known as a dissuasive guard dog that doesn't attach intruders but holds them at bay. They are never aggressive to other dogs if properly socialized and trained from a young age.

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23 – 30 inches
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120 – 145 pounds
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General Health

The Dogue de Bordeaux is a difficult dog to breed. Generally, their litters are very small, and cesarean sections are often needed at birth because of the breed’s large-sized head. The Dogue de Bordeaux has a very broad, heavy chest, and pups are sometimes squashed by their mother while nursing. It’s imperative for owners or breeders of the Dogue de Bordeaux to watch the pups vigilantly. This breed typically lives for 10 to 12 years.

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The exact origin of the Dogue de Bordeaux is unknown. It’s possible that the breed descended from the Greek and Roman Molossus, but it’s just as likely that it arrived to Europe with the mastiff-type breeds that were brought by the Alans. Another possibility is that the Dogue de Bordeaux was developed from the dogs of Aquitaine, or that it was created from the Spanish dogs of Burgos. No matter which theory is true, the Dogue de Bordeaux is a very old breed. Because of its natural talents, strength, and abilities, the Dogue de Bordeaux has been utilized for many different purposes over the course of its long history. Some of these purposes include serving as a war dog, a flock guardian, and a combatant in dog gladiator sports. Towards the end of the middle ages, the breed was a personal body guard and a cattle driver. While many guard dogs were killed off during the French Revolution, there was enough of an interest in the Dogue de Bordeaux to ensure the breed’s continued existence. The breed was saved by Raymond Triquet and his French Dogue de Bordeaux Club. The breed is thoroughly established in France and it is gaining popularity in other parts of the world. The breed is recognized by the FCI, but it is not yet recognized by the AKC.

The Dog de Bordeaux was accepted into the working group of the AKC in July 2008 and is gaining popularity in the show ring. It is also one of the most ancient French breeds, probably a descendant of the Alans and in particular, the Alan Vautre. Count of Foix said, in the14th century, that "he holds his bite stronger than three sight hounds".

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The soft, short-haired coat of the Dogue de Bordeaux requires very little grooming or maintenance. This breed is a moderate shedder.

They are a moderate shedders. It's best to use a brush or a a towel with a small amount of hot water on it to rub down on a Dogue de Bordeaux until you can't get anymore hair off the dog.

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Ideal Environment

The Dogue de Bordeaux is content to live in a small household or apartment if it is given sufficient daily exercise. They are a very inactive breed indoors, and they are happy without a yard. They need plenty of physical activity to remain fit and in a good state of mind.

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can a puppy be raised around cats or is this just a ridiculous idea?

it can but, if they start to fight i know 2 things 1. you can let them play with each other so they get 2 know about the other animal (keep an eye on them just incase) 2. if #1 doesn't work put the cat in a seperate room where the dog won't get it.


I have an eight month old female whom has a reaccurring rash is there any thing they are commanly alergic to?

They are prone to Dermidex mange, which can look like a rash. They are also known to have allergies (food, vaccines etc.).


I have a 13 month old male that I recently just got. He's great other than his aggression towards other dogs. What's the best way to socialize him safely?

- get him neutered (male ddb do not care for other male dogs) - muzzle him while socializing him with other dogs. Let him off leash with them once he is a little acquainted, but leave the muzzle on and always supervise.


How do I get my ddb to gain weight?

First I would need to know, how old is your ddb? Also, if you think the weight issue is a serious problem, I would take the dog to the vet. That being said, just make sure your ddb has access to high quality food (try adding two egg whites a week to the food) and lots of fresh water. Beware of a giant ddb though- bad hips, shorter life.


Do ddbs bark a lot? Are they good with kids and do they train easily?

They don't bark alot, they know when a threath is real or not. They are wonderfull with children. They don't train easely, because they are strong willed and stubborn. Not a beginner-dog. But they are also wonderfull companions, and given the right home, you will have the most wonderfull breed in the world. I have 4 of the.


i have a three yeard old male and have found out he has atrial fibrillation as you can imagine i as devastated has anybody else had this problem.

my four year old same thing--how did yours turn out? I have an appointment in 11/2 wks.


I have a 9 month old make ddb. he weighs 85lbs. Is that underweight? what would the average weight for a 9 month old male be?

No, not all ddb's are over 100 pds. I have a year old that weighs 95. Put weight on slow.An over weight ddb will develop hip problems. Trust me I love mine like a son, and muscle weighs more than fat. He will feel better, look better,have more energy and do what he was bred to do alot better a little under weight than over weight. They may take up to 2 years to fully mature physically. If you love your ddb and what them to live past 8 years feed them quality food, moderate exercise and love. The weight will come.. as muscle and pure power.


My ddb is 8 months now but he has a very horriable smell on his coat and breath. He eats Arden Ganage large puppy food dry. What would be better for him so he doesn't smell.

i give both my ddb and great dane gravy train and they dont have that bad of a breath as dogs normally do but our old dog(boxer)had so bad of breath it smelled as if someone would have cooked rotten fish and sweaty socks in fish oil but we fed him the same dog food so mabey it's just part of who your dog is.we tryed even giving him loads of crushed peppermints and doggie mints but that never worked, it was just how my dog was.


what is the average weight for a 10 month old male ddb?

I would say 90 to 110 pounds would be average... Give or take some... Males may be a little more and females may be a little less


My DDB is 8 weeks old as of yesterday, at his vet checkup he weighed 11.5 lbs he gained 2 lbs from last week. The vet told me he is extremely under weight. He is on Canidae food eating a little over 2 cups a day, and he wont eat anymore. Is my vet correct or is he just gonna try and con me into getting thier vet food?

He is not underweight... Mine was 12 pounds at 8 weeks and was very healthy... If he is not riby he's healthy...

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