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Dogue de Bordeaux: A Majestic and Loyal Guardian

Sara Ochoa

By Dr. Sara Ochoa

The Dogue de Bordeaux (pronounced dohg-duu-bor-DOE), is also known as the French Mastiff.

With its massive frame, wrinkled face, and gentle temperament, this breed has gained popularity as a loyal family companion and protector.

Don’t let its intimidating size and complicated name fool you, these DDGs are as sweet as they come!


There is so much to learn about this captivating breed!

This article will cover many topics ranging anywhere from exercise to grooming to the DDG’s history!

Let’s begin learning about the Dogue de Bordeaux!



Dogue de Bordeaux

The Dogue De Bordeaux is definitely built like a guard dog.

They have broad, imposing heads with lots of loose skin and wrinkles.

Wrinkles are especially deep and more abundant around the face. Their wrinkles contribute to their unique expressions!


These Mastiffs weigh in around 99 to 110 pounds at the heaviest, and stand anywhere from 23 to 27 inches tall!

DDGs are very thickly set, covered in hard muscle, and standing on sturdy, broad-bone legs.


There is no question of safety around these guardians, they will protect you loyally!

Dogue de Bordeaux can definitely seem scary from a distance, but guaranteed once you have your own  French companion, you will see that their appearance is only a small part of these loveable dogs!



Dogue de Bordeaux

As with most bigger breeds, temperament is often the opposite of what you would expect.

Dogue de Bordeaux are known for their calm and loyal nature.

Family time makes them happiest, even something as simple as lounging on the couch all day with their human will content them.

They are very calm and laid back, even as a puppy.


Despite their abounding love for their owners, DDGs have a natural aloofness toward strangers and even fellow pets.

Because of this instinctive protectiveness of their loved ones, this breed makes the perfect guard dog!

They take pride in watching over you and your family!


One of their love languages is physical touch.

Whenever they get the chance they will be laying on your feet or leaning against you.

They adore their humans!



Dogue de Bordeaux

Exercise for these pups should be very laid back until at least 18 months of age.

Strenuous exercises could cause excessive strain on developing bones and joints in young Mastiffs.


Otherwise, exercise is very simple.

A walk or run with their owner will satisfy the Dogue de Bordeaux.

A play session is also a fun way to connect with your pet and training can also be incorporated into playtime!


Exercise is not only about the physical aspect but the mental as well.

This means getting your dog out of the house, playing games with them, challenging them with training, and giving them jobs to do.

Don’t make exercise something you dread, use it as a time to strengthen the bond between you and your Dogue de Bordeaux!



Dogue de Bordeaux

This breed is very low maintenance when it comes to grooming.

They have a short smooth coat that only requires a weekly brushing to remove or loosen dirt and debris.

A bath can be given every four to six weeks, or of course if a situation calls for one.


Drooling is something that this breed is very well known for.

While with other dogs it might not be a concern, it is important to be conscious of the Mastiff’s wrinkles.

Keeping the folds clean and dry is necessary to prevent infection.


Never forget the little things like nail trimming, teeth brushing, and ear cleaning.

While they may seem small, they are crucial to how your dog feels and acts!



Dogue de Bordeaux

Stubbornness and laziness are not uncommon for the DDGs, or any dogs for that matter.

That is why early socialization and even puppy training classes are so helpful at a young age.


DDGs are a sensitive breed, they should be handled firmly but with lots of love.

Positive correction and reinforcements are the best way to handle these gentle giants.

Remember, it takes time to grow a strong bond with your furry companion.

Training is a really excellent way to not only grow closer to your pup but also to help your pet live up to their full potential!



Dogue de Bordeaux

There are a few things to note when it comes to the health of the Dogue de Bordeaux.

One serious concern that has been found in this breed is bloat.

Also known as gastric dilation and volvulus (GDV).

Owners should be diligent in educating themselves on how to spot symptoms of GDV, and what measures to take if it is found in your dog.


Any responsible breeder will have all of their pups screened for any health problems and will alert you of anything you should know.

Be sure to schedule a regular checkup with your veterinarian and call them if you have any questions!

The Dogue de Bordeaux deserve to live a long and happy life and you can help them do that!



Dogue de Bordeaux

The Dogue de Bordeaux’s history is one of the several breeds whose history goes so far back in ancient times that it is impossible to know exactly where they originated.

Because of this, their fascinating history is built mostly on theories.


The commonly accepted origin tale is that the Dogue’s ancestors were introduced to France when Julius Caesar was conquering nearby regions.

The giant Mastiffs were then employed by the Romans as both war dogs and vicious gladiators used to fight against other animals in the arena.

By the late 1700s, DDGs outlived their usefulness as fighters and were then utilized as hunters, drafters, and guard dogs.


Outside of France this breed of guardians was unknown until 1989.

The release of the movie ‘Turner & Hooch’ starring Tom Hanks and his loveable, drooling Dogue sidekick turned this breed around.

Audiences around the world were falling in love with our Dogue de Bordeaux!


Where Can I Find My Own Dogue de Bordeaux?

Dogue de Bordeaux

The simple answer is you can find this breed almost anywhere!

However, be cautious when searching for your dog.

Scams and puppy mills are everywhere and it is very easy to get caught in them.

Your first step should be to find a breeder that you can trust and who cares about their dogs!

They should be reliable and ready to answer any questions that you have.


Don’t make a rash decision when it comes to finding your new friend!

Ask lots of questions and meet your pup before you decide to take them home!

Lastly, you can find your own Bordeaux right here at VIP Puppies!



Q: Are Dogue de Bordeauxes aggressive?

A: The Dogue de Bordeaux is not an aggressive breed. They have a calm temperament, and they’re very protective of their family. They aren’t known to be territorial or show aggression towards other dogs.

Q: Does Dogue de Bordeaux like to cuddle?

A: Yes! Dogue de Bordeaux are very affectionate dogs, and they love to cuddle. They get along well with kids (especially if they grew up with them), as long as they have some basic training beforehand.


In Closing

Dogue de Bordeaux

The Dogue de Bordeaux is a majestic and extremely loyal breed that excels as both a devoted family companion and a trustworthy guardian.

They thrive on love and attention, they truly are gentle giants!

These amazing dogs could be the best sidekick you could ask for!

While they may take some extra love and care, it is all worth it and they will reward you with years of joy, loyalty, and companionship!

What’s not to love about the Dogue de Bordeaux?



American Kennel Club (2024) Dogue de Bordeaux Dog Breed

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Wikipedia (2024) Dogue De Bordeaux

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Taglec (2022) Dogue de Bordeaux Breed

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