Dogue de Bordeaux
The Dogue de Bordeaux, or French Mastiff, has a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.
The true origins of the Dogue de Bordeaux are unknown. The Dogue de Bordeaux is believed to have descended from the now-extinct Molossus breed. Numerous dogs developed all over Europe from the Molossus, including one in France. The large French dog was used to fight large animals and later, to protect property and people.
In 1863, one of the large French dogs took home the title at the first Paris Dog Show. The dog was from the Bordeaux area of France and, as a result, the dog and the breed became known as the Dogue de Bordeaux.
The Dogue de Bordeaux weighs 90 to 160 pounds and measures 23 to 27 inches.
The Dogue de Bordeaux has a short, thin coat that just needs to be brushed once a week and bathed when dirty. Like all dogs, the Dogue de Bordeaux also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Dogue de Bordeaux is courageous and loving.
The Dogue de Bordeaux looks imposing and intimidating, and is a natural watch dog and guard dog. However, the Dogue de Bordeaux is not aggressive and likes people. They are steady and even tempered, only springing into action when necessary. The Dogue de Bordeaux is not one to start a fight, but also not one to back down if provoked.
As is true of many guard dogs, the Dogue de Bordeaux grows quite attached to their family and has infinite loyalty to them. The Dogue de Bordeaux is sweet and affectionate with their family and makes an ideal companion. They especially adore children and are very patient with them.
The Dogue de Bordeaux has an independent steak and can be arrogant. However, the Dogue de Bordeaux is highly intelligent and wants to please their owner; therefore they can be trained. They respond best to patience, consistency and positive reinforcement. The Dogue de Bordeaux is quite sensitive and will shut down if treated harshly.
As part of their training, the Dogue de Bordeaux also needs early socialization. They can be aggressive toward other dogs, especially those of the same sex if not properly socialized.
The Dogue de Bordeaux is large, but athletic. The Dogue de Bordeaux should have a daily walk in addition to regular time outside in a secure area to run and play.