Breed of the Week: Dogue de Bordeaux

Dogue de Bordeaux dog breed

Dogue de Bordeaux originally hails from France. Their name translates to “Dog from Bordeaux”. Strong and big, they are also super affectionate with their family and love their children. Fancy a lap dog that at 8 months old is 60kg? They grow up very fast! A Dogue was also a star in the movie Turner & Hooch.


Dogue de Bordeaux’s are descendants of the Ancient Roman war dogs. In the 1800’s they hunted wild boar, fought bears, guarded livestock and homes. In 1982 there were estimated to be only 600 Dogues in the world. They have since been rapidly gaining in popularity around the world as a family dog.

Weight: at least 45kg and up to 70kg

Colour: Generally shades of tan/fawn often with some white chest patches

Life Expectancy:  5-8 years

Dogue de Bordeaux dog breed

Positive Points about Dogues

  • Always want to give you some love. Constantly want to be touching you, leaning on you, sitting on you, licking you.
  • Calm, relaxed and patient as long as they are very well socialised as a pup.
  • Medium energy dog. They need a daily walk, but too much cardio might burn through their hard-earned muscles!
  • Ready to protect your family, and with the courage and muscle to back it up.
  • Easy grooming and low-medium shedding.

Drawback of Dogues

  • Get the drool rags ready and the earplugs to block out the snoring
  • Need to take care to keep exercise as a puppy controlled to avoid damage to bones and joints.
  • They consider being separated from their family as punishment and can then become destructive.
  • As they are large, powerful dogs, they need to be trained exceptionally well by a confident owner.
  • Are said not to start fights with other dogs, but they finish them….

Common health issue

  1. Breathing problems caused by their short snout. This also means they can overheat rapidly when exercising on hot days.
  2. Infections in the rolls of facial skin and ears
  3. Hip & Elbow Dysplasia
  4. One of the most expensive dog breeds to get health insurance for

Think a Dogue de Bordeaux is right for you? Consider contacting the Dogue de Bordeaux rescue.

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Written by Doug Spiegelhauer
Doug never had a dog growing up but as soon as he stopped moving around knew he needed a dog in his life. Enter Snoop the Beagle. Doug worked for 7 years designing and making dog treats and food for some of Australia's best brands. Now a Co-Founder of Scratch Pet Food.