Dogue de Bordeaux: Dog Breed Information

Country of origin: France
Shoulder height: 56 – 70 cm
Weight: 45 to over 50 kg
Age: 7 – 9 years
Color: solid fawn, with or without a mask
Use: companion dog, guard dog

The Dogue de Bordeaux comes from France and is one of the molluscoid dogs. With their impressive appearance and strong nerves, Dogue de Bordeaux is ideal guardians and protectors of larger properties. They are not suitable for life in the city.

Origin and history

The Bordeaux Mastiff (Dogue de Bordeaux) belongs to the Molossoid group and comes from France. The ancestors were medieval pig packers and bear biters; they were used for hunting big game and as butcher’s assistants. Today, the Dogue de Bordeaux primarily serves as a guard and protection dog for larger properties.


Dogue de Bordeaux is a very large, massive, and muscular dog with a shoulder height of up to 70 cm. The appearance is all in all imposing, powerful, and well-fortified. Characteristic is the large, massive head with plenty of wrinkles, long lips, and a protruding lower jaw.

The Dogue de Bordeaux’s coat is smooth, short in fawn with or without a mask, and very easy to care for. The ears are hanging, triangular, and rather short.


A very territorial dog, the Dogue de Bordeaux is a natural protector and guardian. They fulfill this task with a lot of attention, courage, and bravery but without aggressiveness. With their well-balanced nature and very high stimulus threshold, a grim look and a respect-inspiring appearance is enough to ward off threats. Dogue de Bordeaux tends to be stubborn rather than aggressive. They are considered very affectionate towards their family and are affectionate and sensitive when dealing with them.

However, the strong and self-confident dog needs consistent and sensitive training in any case and is not for dog beginners. Because even with good training, you should never expect blind obedience from a Dogue de Bordeaux.

If you are looking for a dog for sporting activities, you will not find the ideal companion in the Dogue de Bordeaux. Because they feel more comfortable when they protect and guard a large property and can take responsibility for property and family. The close contact with their people and the full family connection are very important for the Dogue de Bordeaux.

Ava Williams

Written by Ava Williams

Hello, I'm Ava! I have been writing professionally for just over 15 years. I specialize in writing informative blog posts, breed profiles, pet care product reviews, and pet health and care articles. Prior to and during my work as a writer, I spent about 12 years in the pet care industry. I have experience as a kennel supervisor and professional groomer. I also compete in dog sports with my own dogs. I also have cats, guinea pigs, and rabbits.

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