Dogue de Bordeaux

The Dogue de Bordeaux is a strong breed, originally bred for pit fighting, which now exists as a family pet and guard dog. The breed has been used for pulling farts, guarding flocks, and protecting castles. The Dogue de Bordeaux was developed before or during the 14th century, yet a breed standard did not exist until the early 1900s.

The breed is large and muscular; it stands 22 to 27 inches tall and weighs 99 to 110 pounds. The breed is lower to the ground than English Mastiffs. It has a massive head, known to be the largest head of any dog. The circumference around the dog’s head is nearly equal to its height. Its face is extremely wrinkled, and its head topped by small ears. The Dogue de Bordeaux has a short coat and a thick, tapering tail.

The Dogue is a loyal breed, yet it can be stubborn as well as wary of strangers. The breed is stubborn, and will sometimes attempt to display dominance toward other dogs. In order for this breed to be properly kept it must be socialized at a young age. Due to its size, athleticism and territorial nature, it could be temperamental toward strangers if not properly socialized.

A healthy Dogue de Bordeaux should live around 10 years.