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The Dogue de Bordeaux: thinking about getting a Dogue de Bordeaux? reading-time-icon 2 min read

The Dogue de Bordeaux, also referred to as the French Mastiff, is one of the most ancient French dog breeds. They’re sweet, gentle and make great family dogs!

Let’s take a closer look at the Dogue de Bordeaux.

Place of origin: Bordeaux, France

How big does a Dogue de Bordeaux get? 57 – 67cm

How heavy is a Dogue de Bordeaux? 54 – 65kg

Life Expectancy: 5 – 8 years

Colour: Fawn, Mahogany, Red


Please note: A dog’s exercise, training/stimulation and grooming requirements can depend on several factors such as age and health. The same goes for ongoing costs of ownership. For advice on one specific dog, we always advise chatting with a vet.


How much exercise does a Dogue de Bordeaux need?

Despite their large, muscular bodies, Dogues de Bordeaux are typically very relaxed and easy going. That said, the breed is prone to obesity so we recommend taking a Bordeaux on 2 lengthy walks every day. This will also help to keep them mentally stimulated.

Training: how to train a Dogue de Bordeaux

The Dogue de Bordaux is a large, strong breed so it’s essential to train them from an early age.

What with their strong nature, the Bordeaux is perhaps less suited for first-time owners. Overall, though, they are sensitive and independent dogs with a keen desire to learn and will make incredibly rewarding pets for their owners.

dogue de bordeaux on leaves in front of trees

Grooming: does a Dogue de Bordeaux shed?

Your Bordeaux will need more brushing during moulting season, but won’t need much grooming during the rest of the year. Brush your Bordeaux once a week to remove loose/dead hair. You’ll only need to bathe them when they’re especially dirty or if they smell.

Complete your Dog de Bordeaux’s grooming routine with regular tooth brushingnail clips and ear checks.

Dogue de Bordeaux temperament, socialising and ideal home environment

Typically, the Dogue de Bordeaux is fearless against intruders but won’t attack unless trained to do so. They’re loyal, sweet natured dogs that feel most comfortable by their owner’s side. If you’re looking for a dog who’ll happily join you on long walks and hang out with you at home (oh, and if you don’t mind the drooling), a Dogue de Bordeaux could be just the breed for you!

Although loving, their sheer size and mass may make a Dogue de Bordeaux slightly unsuitable for households with young children. This breed also hates to be left alone for prolonged periods, so if you work long hours or spend a lot of time away from home, a Dogue de Bordeaux may not be the right companion for you.

Cost of owning a Dogue de Bordeaux

When you’re considering the lifetime cost of owning a dog, remember to take into account:

Need more info?

For more info on finding the best dog breed for you and your lifestyle, have a chat with your vet.

Find your nearest vet using our Find a Vet page, or speak to a vet online using Online Vets.

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