- SIZE: 8
- GROOMING:: 4
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 5
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 5
- WATCHDOG: 6
- BREED: French Mastiff
- COLOR(S):Reddish brown with or without white patches.
The Dogue de Bordeaux also called the French Mastiff is a short, stocky mastiff with a huge, heavy, broad, wrinkled head. It is a very powerful dog, with a very muscular body yet retaining a harmonious general outline. Stocky, athletic, imposing, it has a very dissuasive aspect. It makes an excellent family pet. It will bond to its family and feel separation is a form of punishment. The head is a very important feature when evaluating this breed. Top quality show males have a head circumference of 27-30 inches (68-75cm).
The Dogue de Bordeaux is calm, balanced and affectionate. Breeders have softened the temperament of this dog quite a bit from his original ferocity; today the Bordeaux has a good and calm temperament. This breed is extremely loyal, patient and devoted to its family. It makes a first class watch and guard dog. Despite its fearsome appearance, the Dogue de Bordeaux is gentle with children and family members. This dog can be very aggressive with other dogs. Socialization at an early age is a must. It is highly recommended that this dog become fully obedience trained, requires an experienced owner. It is highly intelligent and learns quickly although it can be quite stubborn. Once the Dogue de Bordeaux learns a command it rarely forgets it.
Skin, thick and sufficiently loose fitting. The hair is fine, short and soft to the touch.
The short muzzle can cause this breed to tire out quickly so proper water should always be available.
Easy care, moderate exercise. The Dogue de Bordeaux loves nothing better than to go for a walk or swim.
Very powerful animal and it is highly recommended that you provide your Dogue de Bordeaux with some basic obedience training. Consistent training in a fair and calm manner. Dogue de Bordeaux should be trained from puppyhood.