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Dogue De Bordeaux

Phonetic Pronunciation: dohg-duu-bor-DOE

 

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Description

As one of the oldest French breeds, the Dogue de Bordeaux has origins which are somewhat obscure but it is thought that they probably descended from one of the strains of Mastiff type dogs that accompanied Macedonian and Roman armies through Asia, Europe & Britain.  It is known that these dogs were used as guardians, hunters and fighters and were trained to bait bulls, bears and jaguars: hunt boars, herd cattle and protect the homes, butcher shops and vineyards of their Masters.  Because they were prized as protectors, they were found in the homes of the noble and wealthy in France. The breed is now used today almost exclusively as a family companion and house guardian.
 

Temperament

Despite their violent history the modern Dogue's temperament is normally placid but can be very protective and loyal to their family.  It is recommended that small children should not be left unsupervised with a dog of this magnitude. These dogs display great courage and make great guard dogs without being aggressive.  They have a calm and balanced demeanor, make good companions and are known to become very attached to their owners.

 

Appearance

Height:   58-75cm (23-30in)

Weight:  55-65kg  (120-145kg)

The very muscular and athletic looking Dogue de Bordeaux is a very powerful and imposing dog, who is built rather close to the ground and has a very dissuasive aspect about him.  Their colouring is varied and they have varieties of coat types.
 

Grooming

Grooming is as simple as giving it a quick brush once a week and a bath once a month or when they become smelly.  It will be important to keep an eye on heavy wrinkles as sometimes during hot weather the wrinkles can get a bit moist and although not terribly common, they can be wiped out with a clean cloth.


Life Expectancy

10-12 Years 

 

Health Concerns

They are prone to diseases such as hip dysplasia and entropion (rolled-in eyelids). Due to their wrinkled face some dogs may have skin problems such as mange. It is recommended that care should also be taken to avoid feeding the dog immediately after exercise as, like many large-chested breeds, bloat is a risk. 

 

Suitability

Not suitable as an indoors dog, due to its obvious size they require a medium to large yard.  These dogs are incredibly rare and if you are fortunate to be able to afford to purchase one, early socialization and thorough training would be essential.

 

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Hooch of Turner and Hooch, the movie is a Dogue De Bordeaux

 

 

 

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