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Breed: Dogue De Bourdeaux Health Problems, Lifespan, Temperament & Maintenance

| Published on August 25, 2017

Minor concerns: None
Average Size of Male: Height: 23 – 30 inches, Weight: 120 – 145 pounds
Suggested tests: None
Major concerns: Difficulty in breeding
Occasionally seen: None
Average Size of Female: Height: 23 – 30 inches, Weight: 120 – 145 pounds
Life span: 10 – 12 years

Brief History on Dogue de Bordeaux Origin

History suggests that the Dogue de Bordeaux was originally used to guard nobleman’s estates and properties during the French Revolution. A man named Raymond Triquet is the person credited with saving the breed from extinction, when he founded the Dogue de Bordeaux Club of France. Though it is still a rather rare breed in America, the Dogue de Bordeaux is very popular in France and has also gained a reputation in a few other countries as well. Currently, the Dogue De Bordeaux is enrolled in the AKC’s Foundation Stock Service and participates in the Miscellaneous Class at AKC events. Each breed that seeks full AKC recognition must go though a process that shows the commitment of breed enthusiasts in America.

Dogue de Bordeaux Breed Appearance

Known to be bulky and stocky breed, the Dogue de Bordeaux features straight front legs composed of heavy, thick bone. This breed has a large, wrinkled, heavy head. The jaw of this breed is very strong, and normally undershot. This dog’s ears hang downward, and upper lips hang over the lower jaw. Often times there is thick loose skin hanging around the neck. The tail is usually pretty thick at the base but tapers towards the end. The coat is short and smooth, and it comes in a variety of shades from fawn to a mahogany red. The face of this breed usually has a black or red mask. Sometimes you will be able to find white markings on the chest or the toes.

Dogue de Bordeaux Breed Temperament

The temperament and attitude of the Dogue de Bordeaux has been softened over time, thanks to the dedication of some breeders. Today, this breed usually has a relatively calm demeanor. It is also very dedicated to its family. The Dogue De Bordeaux is known to be brave and fearless with people that may pose a danger to its home or family, and also for being extremely patient, loving and faithful to it’s owners. This breed is ideal for those looking for a dog that can act as a guard dog and also as a family companion. This breed does not normally get along well with strange dogs, and it is vital to begin socialization from the start with other non-canine animals in order for them to have a peaceful relationship. Most Dogue De Bordeauxs will drool and snore excessively. It should be noted that males are extremely domineering and intolerant of other males. Even though it’s looks may be intimidating, it is gentle and very friendly with children. However, it should be known that the Dogue de Bordeaux is not an ideal choice for a first time dog owner with little to no experience.

Dogue de Bordeaux Breed Maintenance

Grooming is a very simple process with this breed, just an occasional brushing will be needed to keep the coat in good condition. This breed is considered to be an average shedder. In order to maintain good mental and physical conditions, this breed of dog requires plenty of daily exercise. A yard would be ideal for this type of dog, although apartment living would be okay if substantial exercise is provided. It is known to be fairly inactive when indoors, so plenty of time should be spent outdoors giving it the activity it needs.

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