The Dogue de Bordeaux (also Dog De Bordeaux), is classified under the Mastiff breed group along other massive canines such as the Old English, English, Neapolitan and Bull mastiffs.
The Dogue de Bordeaux is said to have originated from France about six centuries ago. Like other mastiffs, this breed has a distinctly strong, stocky and muscular physique. However, what sets the Dogue de Bordeaux apart from other mastiffs is the size of its head. Many believe that the size of the Dogue De Bordeaux’s head is probably the largest among all known canines, mastiffs included. Combine a massive physique with a large head that is covered with wrinkles and an equally imposing jaw, the Dogue de Bordeaux can definitely looks fierce and is sure to intimidate both man and animal.
The Dogue de Bordeaux was once bred for hunting, guarding properties and fighting (combat dogs in war) but generally the breed has mellowed. Today, the even-tempered Dogue de Bordeaux is being bred to be watchdogs or family pets. In some occasions, the Dogue de Bordeaux is used to aid patients who are undergoing therapy. They are calm, loyal and affectionate. The dog can be trusted with children and shows extreme devotion to its master.
Being a mastiff, expect a Dogue de Bordeaux to have large measurements. The average height of a male Dogue de Bordeaux from the feet to the withers is roughly between 60 – 70 cm (23 ½ - 27 ½ inches) and weigh at least 59 kg (110 lb). Females are generally smaller, measuring between 58 – 66 cm (22 ¾ - 26 inches) from the feet to the withers, and weighing at least 45 kg (99 lb). The coat is fine and short with colors ranging from fawn to mahogany red and brown. Some dogs may have white patches on the chest and legs.
Despite its massive size, the Dogue de Bordeaux makes good house pets, even in homes with limited space. The breed is not one to run around and jump on sofas. This dog, in fact, spends most of his time lying on the floor, resting. This, however, does not mean that exercise can be foregone. As with any breed, Dogue de Bordeaux needs to be exercised. Daily walks lasting from 30 minutes to an hour, however, should suffice.
Caring for Dogue de Bordeaux does not require significant expenditure in terms of time and money. The coat of Dogue de Bordeaux should be brushed regularly especially when it is shedding. A well cared for Dogue de Bordeaux can serve its master well for 10 to 15 years.
The affectionate Dogue de Bordeaux also goes by the name French Mastiff, Bordeaux Dog, Bulldogue Francais and, is also fondly called dogue for short.
Incidentally, the Dogue de Bordeaux sometimes snores while he sleeps.