Dogue de Bordeaux

Working Group

Dogue de Bordeaux lying down in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 23-26 in, Males 23-27 in

Weight

Females 99+ lbs, Males 110+ lbs

Life Expectancy

5-8 yrs

History

The Dogue de Bordeaux is such an old breed that its origins are unclear. It is known, however, that the breed has existed in the Bordeaux region of France as far back as the 14th century. Various theories claim that the Dogue de Bordeaux is related to the Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, Tibetan Mastiff, and even Greco Roman molossoids used for war. The Dogue de Bordeaux used to come in two size varieties: the smaller Doguin and the larger Dogue. Some time during the 1700's, the Doguin variety completely disappeared from all records. Over the years, the Dogue de Bordeaux found employment as fighting dogs, estate guards, hunters, drafters, and livestock drovers (giving them the nickname "Butcher's Dog").

Breed Characteristics

While not all Dogues de Bordeaux will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆

★★★★★

★☆☆☆☆

★☆☆☆☆

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆☆☆

★☆

★☆☆

★☆

★☆

Intelligence

★★★☆☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★☆☆☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★☆☆☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level

★☆☆☆


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★☆☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

  Affectionate, docile, and loyal to family

Can be uneasy around other dogs and strangers if not sufficiently socialized

Territorial, courageous, and protective, making them great guard dogs

Can be stubborn and difficult to train- consistency and firmness are essential

Personality tends to be variable amongst individuals, with some being comical and outgoing, with others being aloof and dignified