Wrinkles on its massive head are the distinctive quality of the Dogue de Bordeaux. Its general appearance is harsh. The body is somewhat low to the ground and massive. It is not overweight, but its muscular build and short stature gives it the look. Another distinct quality of the breed is its mouth. The mouth is composed of an excessive amount of skin and fur that hangs down and obscures the jaw line. Its ears hang down inward toward its face. The neck is thick and features an excessive amount of loose skin. The tail hangs down almost to the hocks.
The gentle temperament of the Dogue de Bordeau does not equal its rough appearance. Over the years the intensity of the breed has been bred out. It is considered a tolerant dog that is only aggressive when provoked by another dog. Socialization training is imperative if the dog is to live in a household with another dog. It is fine with children, but should be supervised when interacting them. The breed is dedicated to its family and will protect it wholeheartedly against intruders. The breed requires firm training and an owner that is not timid. It best if the owner has experience with dogs of its size and nature.
Height and Weight
The Dogue de Bordeaux stands an average of 23-30 inches tall and weighs an average of 120-145 pounds.
The Dogue de Bordeaux is generally associated with problems of the heart and eyes. In addition, the size of the breed puts it at risk for dysplasia of the elbow and hip.
Ideal Living Conditions
An outdoor environment is most suitable for the Dogue de Bordeaux because it will enable the breed to obtain the amount of exercise it needs on a regular basis. The breed will do fine in an apartment, as long as it isn’t too confining.
The Dogue de Bordeaux requires a moderate amount of exercise on a daily basis. If it stays in a yard most of the time it will get most of its exercise. However, if it is indoors for most of the day, it requires more exercise. The breed enjoys running, long walks, and swimming.
The Dogue de Bordeaux has an average life expectancy of 10-12 years.
The Dogue de Bordeaux has a litter size of 9 puppies on average.
Minimal, but detailed grooming is required for the Dogue de Bordeaux. Washing it regularly, ensuring to clean between the folds in its skin, will keep the coat healthy. The breed’s toenails have a tendency to develop awkwardly and cause problems. Regular triming will prevent any problems.
The Dogue de Bordeaux is typically a single color of reddish brown or light brown. Patches of white on the chest is acceptable.