The Dogue de Bordeaux, or sometimes referred to as a French Mastiff became a popular canine icon after appearing with Tom Hanks in Turner and Hooch. Originally used for hunting and guarding the Dogue de Bordeaux was also used for fighting against bears, wolves and other dogs. Recent breeding programs have softened the Dogue de Bordeaux’s temperament and todays Dogue de Bordeaux is a calm and patient pet who is a loyal and devoted family member.
With the correct training and socialisation throughout life the Dogue de Bordeaux can be a gentle giant who loves the company of humans and his/her extended family. Loyal and protective, the Dogue de Bordeaux makes an excellent guard dog. However they can be particularly wary of strangers and other dogs which is an even more important reason to engage in safe socialisation with as many people and animals from a very early age. Extra care should also be taken around children and the elderly, at the height of excitement even a puppy can push an adult person to the ground.
Grooming and care
With loads of facial wrinkles and bit floppy ears, check and clean the eyes, ears and between the skin folds regularly.
Standing at around 60 cm tall and weighing around 50kg this companion needs regular exercise and will happily plod along. Care should be taken during warmer months as you will find the Dogue will drool more, and require plenty of hydration. Simliar to other large breed dogs such as the Great Dane care should be taken when exercising puppies to allow them to grow and develop safely and without injury.
For the latest research in breed-related problems in Dogue de Bordeaux visit the University of Sydney’s LIDA (Listing of Inherited Disorders in Animals) website.