Facts about Dogue de Bordeaux Puppies

Are you unsure how to care for Dogue de Bordeaux puppies, or just want to learn more about this breed?

Maybe you are thinking about buying a dog and want to know if this is the right breed for you?

No matter what your situation may be, you will find the answers to your questions right here!



Dogue de Bordeaux Information and History

The breed, also known as the French Mastiff and the Bordeaux Mastiff, originated in France and is one of its oldest.

It's believed to be descended from the Roman Molossus, the same dog that is considered to be a forefather of most modern European mastiff breeds. Visit Neapolitan Mastiff to learn more about the Molossus.

Like all mastiffs, Dogue de Bordeaux was used to protect property. It was also used to fight bears, jaguars, and other large animals for entertainment.

The breed came close to extinction after the French Revolution. A lot of the dogs were killed while protecting their masters' estates. Others were killed because it was considered to be a breed for the rich.

The breed also came close to extinction after WWI.

The foundation of the breed was rebuilt in 1960 by a group of French breeders headed by Raymond Triquet.

Dogue De Bordeaux Dog Pictures
Dogue De Bordeaux Dog Pictures

The Dogue de Bordeaux first appeared in the United States close to the end of the 19th century. More dogs were brought between 1970 and 1980 but the breed was still very scarce and virtually unknown. That all changed in 1989 after the Tom Hanks' movie "Turner and Hooch" about a police man and his canine partner.

Today, the breed continues to be used as a guard and companion.

Physical Characteristics of French Mastiff Puppies

Though it's not the tallest mastiff breed, it's a powerful and massively built dog.

It has a body that's slightly longer than it is tall. The bone structure is heavy and broad. The head is large and broad, has a short muzzle, small drop ears, large brown eyes, and an undershot jaw. The tail is long, thick at the base and tapers at the end. The front legs are heavy and straight.

The forehead is heavily wrinkled. The skin is thick and loose around the neck area.

The coat is short and smooth, and comes in many shades of fawn. White markings are allowed on the chest. The Dogue de Bordeaux should always have a black or red mask that can be distinguished from the rest of the coat around the nose, including the lips and eye rims.

This breed tends to drool and snore.

    Height Weight
  Male 24 - 27 inches 110+ pounds
  Female 23 - 26 inches 99+ pounds


The Bordeaux Mastiff is an even tempered and affectionate dog.

Like all mastiff breeds, it's gifted for guarding.

It's loyal and devoted to its family, gentle with children, but wary with strangers.

The breed tends to be aggressive towards other dogs. Male dogs normally have dominant personalities. Properly socializing your dog and introducing him to basic dog obedience training while he is still a puppy will make the Dogue de Bordeaux a lot less aggressive. 

With proper leadership and training, this can be a very good family pet and companion.

Dogue De Bordeaux Dog Pictures

Best Owner / Living Conditions

The Dogue de Bordeaux requires an experienced owner who can establish his or her dominance while the dog is still young. In fact, teach every member of your household to display leadership skills when dealing with your pet.

Some Dogue de Bordeaux breeders will interview prospective owners to make sure this is the right breed for them.

Activity and Exercise

The Dogue de Bordeaux is fairly inactive indoors.

Still, it needs to be exercise. Without enough exercise, it may develop behavioral problems and resort to destructive behaviors.

At a minimum, take your pet for several brisk walks every day.

With enough exercise, it will adjust to an apartment lifestyle.


These dogs are average shedders and don't require much grooming.

Brush once or twice a week with a firm bristle brush. Bathe only when absolutely necessary.

Health Concerns

Like all dog breeds, the Dogue de Bordeaux is susceptible to complications caused by parasites such as dog ticks, fleas, and puppy worms, including tapeworms, roundworms, and heartworms.

Additional health problems include hip dysplasia, thyroid problems, breathing problems, and bloating. Visit dog health problems to learn more about dog diseases.

Feed your pet several smaller meals instead of one large one to prevent bloating.

To reduce the risk of the above and many other health problems, buy only from reputable Dogue de Bordeaux breeders (visit dog breeders to learn how to identify responsible dog breeders).

No matter how small the risk of health problems is, any puppy may get sick or injured. Many health problems will require an immediate attention from your Vet, but there are many others that will not, and you may handle them on your own.

To save time and money, learn how to diagnose and treat dog health problems that don't require your Vet's attention.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy for healthy Dogue de Bordeaux puppies is between 10 and 12 years.

Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?

If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local Dogue de Bordeaux rescue. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.

Puppy Training

Not happy with your pet's behavior? Need help with training your dog for obedience? Then check this dog behavior and obedience training guide.

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