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Bordeaux MastiffOriginal Name: Dogue de Bordeaux
The Dogue de Bordeaux is one of the oldest dogs in France. According to historians, this breed arrived in the South of Gaul in the 5th century CE.
With short, soft and tawny-colored hair, the Dogue de Bordeaux is a dog well-liked and sociable dog.
Dogues de Bordeaux are excellent watchdogs, but are equally good as companions. They have the reputation of being very attached to their masters.
The Dogue de Bordeaux is a large, powerful mastiff dog that has his roots in the French area of Bordeaux for which he is named "The Mastiff (or dog) of Bordeaux". Many may have not heard of this breed but may have seen him as the star dog of "Turner & Hooch". This is an ancient breed that has been around since the 14th century though the exact origins are shrouded in mystery. Their ancestry is believed to be linked to a common ancestry of all modern molossers, including the Bullmastiff, Bulldog, the Tibetan Mastiff, the Neapolitan Mastiff, and the now extinct Dogues de Bordeaux of Aquitaine.
Whatever their exact origins, the Dogue de Bordeux was bred to be large, powerful, and muscular. They were given a variety of tasks, whether it be to guard, to hunt large game, to fight as war dogs, to drive cattle, to pull carts and heavy objects or simply to guard and protect their families and their properties. Their massive bodies and powerful jowls gave them the ability to take on boars, wolves, bears, big cats, and any person foolish enough to try and harm their master. This breed was also used in a blood sport known as bull or bear baiting in which teams of dogs were pitted against powerful animals to fight and bite the predators until they bled to death.
This is a very massive animal; males weigh at least 110 pounds (50 kg) with a height 23.5 – 27 inches (60 – 70 cm), females with a weight of at least 99 pounds (45 kg) and a height of 23 – 26 inches (58 – 66 cm). The coat is short and requires little grooming and comes in mostly in shades of light brown and fawn with little to no markings. The large head resembles the Bulldog and Bullmastiff with a clearly defined under-bite and loose jowls, which produces a lot of drool. This is a brachycephalic dog meaning they have very short, stocky muzzles, which can lead to breathing issues. The Dogue de Bordeaux has a muscular and well-toned body structure and an intimidating expression. Their massive size means that this is often a short lived breed, most with a lifespan of 5 – 7 years though some cases have lived to be 12 years old. They are often met with issues that most large dogs tend to inherit, such as cancer, hip dysplasia, joint issues, and bloating.
As for their temperament, the Dogue de Bordeaux is protective, alert, confident, but not aggressive. When not in protective mode, this is a relaxed, calm, patient dog that can easily be a couch potato. A gentle giant, this dog is affectionate and very loyal to their family. When trained well and properly socialized, they can be gentle yet playful around children. This isn't a relatively high energy breed but none-the-less, they require a moderate amount of daily exercise to avoid becoming overweight. This dog should never be allowed or taught to be aggressive as it would be difficult to deal with any biting or aggression issues with this extremely powerful breed. As a heavy drooler, drool towels are a must with this breed. With an experienced, patient, loving hand, the Dogue de Bordeaux can make for an excellent companion and with this dog at your side, it would be foolish to mess with you.