Dogue de Bordeaux

Dogue de Bordeaux

This article also relates to: French Mastiff

The Dogue de Bordeaux originates from...

As its name would suggest, the breed originates from the Bordeaux region of France, with a heritage that dates back to the Middle Ages. Although its parentage is unknown, the Dogue de Bordeaux is believed to have descended from the Bulldog, Mastiff and Bullmastiff, with some suggesting that the Tibetan Mastiff and native Spanish dogs contributed to its development. Originally bred for the purposes of guarding the homestead and as a personal protection dog, the Dogue de Bordeaux rose to great popularity, more commonly seen as a flock guardian, bull baiter and cattle herder. With the French Revolution came an increased threat to breeds associated with the aristocracy, and many Dogue de Bordeaux were slaughtered in this period, diminishing numbers significantly. Reappearing at a French dog show in 1863, the breed was saved and re-bred, finally being recognised by the American Kennel Club in 2008.

The Dogue de Bordeaux is characterised by...

A dog of solid and muscular build, the Dogue de Bordeaux is easily distinguished by its wide and pronounced muzzle, loose and wrinkled facial skin and stocky body and limbs. The coat is typically short and loose fitting, common in colour deviations of mahogany, fawn and darker red, with black outlines around the eyes, lips and under the nose. The Dogue de Bordeaux is perhaps most recognised for its part in the Tom Hanks film, 'Turner and Hooch,' where a Bordeaux named Beasley occupied a prominent movie role.

The average Dogue de Bordeaux...

A breed boasting a strong prey drive and protective instincts requires firm leadership, consistent obedience training and early socialisation from puppyhood in order to adapt it to relaxed domestic life. When trained, the Dogue de Bordeaux has the potential to be a gentle, affectionate and docile breed, compatible with children and other house pets when introduced gradually, but fearless in safeguarding its home and family when potential threat is perceived. On average, a healthy Dogue de Bordeaux will weigh 54-64 kg with discrepancies across gender, with a life expectancy of 10-12 years when cared for accordingly.


As with most giant breeds, various health complaints are identified in the Dogue de Bordeaux. Despite the average life expectancy being between 10-12 years, there is a large demographic of these dogs only reaching their 5th birthday. Cardiac disease, epilepsy, skin allergies and optical disorders are common with the breed, and the Dogue de Bordeaux is further susceptible to suffering in extreme temperatures, making it best suited to indoor living.

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Our Dogue de Bordeaux owners' thoughts

Added on 29/07/2018
Joined 29/07/2018
From Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom

They are big cuddly teddy bears, very loyal and protective.!! So loving and slightly lazy.!!

Added on 23/10/2018
Joined 23/10/2018
From Caerffili, United Kingdom

DDB are the most loyal protective dog i have ever known. They are big soppy gingers who seriously think they are lap dogs, and love nothing more than sharing your sofa , they are amazing with children and other dogs, they would truly die for you . Once you have a DDB in your life you will never be without one . 😍

Added on 29/01/2019
Joined 29/01/2019
From West Lothian, United Kingdom

Gentle giants. Best breed I’ve ever come across

Added on 03/02/2019
Joined 06/10/2016
From West Sussex, United Kingdom

We just picked one up from monty’s rescue she was so emaciated timid and sad she couldn’t even look you in the eye for more than a split second😢
She had only been there 2 days and looked terrified.I haven’t had a Bordeaux since the late 90’s but had to help this poor little girl. Hopefully we can get some weight on her,bring her out of herself and make what time she has left the best any dog could wish for. Could you take a rescue dog on ? If you can’t but hate dog abuse buy a sack of food and drop it off at your local independent rescue .

Added on 11/03/2019
Joined 11/12/2016
From East Sussex, United Kingdom

I have 2 and the best Dogues ever , loyal and loads of love 💕

Added on 02/12/2019
Joined 02/08/2018
From Powys, United Kingdom

The most soppy, cuddly lazy bears you could ever want or need!

Added on 18/05/2020
Joined 27/04/2020
From Lancashire, United Kingdom

They snore lol lol 😂

Added on 04/02/2022
Joined 04/02/2022
From Kent, United Kingdom

Big doppy loveable loyal