The brawny, muscular, active and powerful Dogue De Bordeaux, is a primitive breed of French dogs with a hazel or tan to dark orange-brown complexion with a wrinkled face, short muzzle, broad head, wide nose, hanging and overlapping upper lip and occasionally studded with white markings on chest and toe-tips.
|Also known as||Bordeaux Bulldog|
|Coat||Short, soft, fine|
|Color||All shades of tan, brown, mahogany red, fawn|
|Group (of Breed)||French mastiff, guard dog, working dog (AKC), hunter dog|
|Lifespan||8 to 12 years|
|Weight||120 – 145 pounds|
||Large; 23 – 30 inches|
|Temperament||Fearless, patient, devoted, loyal|
|Good with Child||Yes|
|Litter Size||8 puppies at a time (average)|
|Health Concerns||Common dog problems like hip dysplasia and other general health issues|
|Competitive Registration||ANKC, FCI, NKC, NZKC, CKC, APRI, ACR, DRA, AKC, NAPR, ACA|
Known to the Frenchmen since the 14th century, this breed was used to guard castles and forts of the European elites, and were used as hunter dogs for pulling carts and hauling heavy objects and fight back bears jaguars, wolves, bulls and hunt down wild boars, protect the cattle, businesses, homes of the masters and has even been depicted in many forms of art and sculptures.
With a calm, peace-loving and modest disposition, the devoted dogue de bordeaux is good with children, family members and other pets is socialized from puppyhood, although confrontational to strangers, making them a good guard and protector dog. They are sensitive to temperature extremes and inactive indoors or inside apartments, but comfortable outdoors and would even live in comfortable kennels.
The independent Dogue De Bordeaux doesn’t tend obeying its master, and needs obedience training from a strict but skilled trainer. Define rules clearly as the leader of its ‘pack’ and higher in order than the pet dog, since they are dominant. Such trainings would make the dog-and-master relationship a success.
Feed them with lots of meat and bones, and if you choose for dry kibbles, divide the same into two equal meals, however, not to be fed immediately after exercising to prevent bloating. Dogue De Bordeaux loves eating, and they also need healthy diet, with the adult dog needing to consume 2%-3% of their total weight. Better if the meal is soaked in water for some time before served. They tend to overeat, resulting in skeletal hazards.
The popular mixes of the Dogue De Bordeaux are: