DOGUE DE BORDEAUX

The Dogue De Bordeaux, also called The French Mastiff, and sometimes called the Bordeaux bulldog, is a relatively short, stocky mastiff. The wrinkled head is massive, heavy and broad, males can have a head circumference of 27-30 inches. The muzzle is somewhat short usually 1/3 of the total length of the head, wide powerful and thick, with a pronounced stop.The nose is large, with wide-open nostrils, the colour depends on the mask of the dog. The teeth meet in an under-bite. The upper lips hang thickly down over the lower jaw. The skin hangs loose around the neck, forming a noticeable dewlap. The eyes are usually a hazel to dark brown in colour, depending on the colour of the dog and are set wide apart. The ears are small, hanging down in proportion to the dog and are usually darker in colour. Te tail is thick at the base tapering to a point. The chest deep and broad, reaching lower than the elbows. The legs are muscular. The coat is short and soft with loose fitting skin. Coat colours include various shades of fawn to mahogany with a darker red or black mask around and under the nose, including the lips and eye rims. There are sometimes white markings on the chest and tips of the toes.

The Bordeaux has a good and calm temperament. It is extremely loyal, patient and devoted to his family. Fearless and confrontational towards strangers, he makes a first class watch & guard dog. Socialise him well with other animals starting as young as possible as to prevent aggression. The Dogue De Bordeaux snores and drools A LOT. Despite his fearsome appearance the DDB is gentle with children and family members. However this is a powerful animal and is not suitable for an inexperienced owner. 

Most DDB's are healthy, but the breed can be prone to hip dysplasia also epilepsy, heart problems and hyperkeratosis. Dams often need to have caesareans. 

The breed will do ok in an apartment as long as exercised sufficiently, they are inactive indoors. 

They need to be exercised daily with at least one long walk, dogs that lack mental  and or physical stimulation can often develop behavioural issues.

Life expectancy is normal 8-12 years.

 There are numerous theories about the origin of the Dogue de Bordeaux. It may be descended from the BulldogTibetan Mastiff and from the Greek and Roman Molossus, from mastiffs brought to Europe by the Alans, from the dogs of Aquitaine or from Spanish dogs from Burgos. At the end of the Middle Ages, the Dogue was used as a cattle driver and personal bodyguard. Lots of Dogues died during the French Revolution. After the war number rose again. Raymond Triquet and his French Dogue de Bordeaux Club saved the breed. The Dogue de Bordeaux is now thoroughly established in France and gaining popularity in other countries. The breed has served as a war dog, flock guardian, cattle herder, guard dog, trained to bait bulls, bears, and jaguars, and as a hunter of boars. The breed was recognised by the AKC in 2008.

 

notes are thanks to https://www.dogbreedinfo.com/doguedebordeax.htm

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