Dogue de Bordeaux
is a breed of dog that is strong, powerful, and
imposing, as it was originally bred for dog fighting and guarding. The Dogue has
an even temperament and is extremely loyal and devoted to his master and family.
However, it is wary of strangers and can display marked dominance towards other
dogs. The Dogue must be socialized from an early age and owners must be
conscious of the great strength and tenaciousness of this very large and
The height at the withers is typically 23 to 26 inches for show dogs and the
weight of the male Dogues is in excess of 100 pounds. Dogs standing 30 inches
tall at the withers and weighing up to 145 pounds are not unknown.
Photos of Hooch sent in by Sabrina - Thanks
Hooch our wonderful Dogue de Bordeaux, i have always loved the breed and he is everything and more anyone could want out of a dog, sadly the breed does suffer hip
dysplasia, and our boy hooch got this himself at the very young age of 6 months old.
his strength and humour through his illness is astounding,,,, love you hoochie!! xxxxxx
The Dogue de Bordeaux was known in France as early as the fourteenth century.
Dog fighting was popular in the nineteenth century, particularly in southern
France in the region around Bordeaux. Hence, the city lent its name to these
large fighting dogs.
A uniform breed type of the Bordeaux Dog did not exist before about 1920. The
French placed emphasis on keeping the old breeding line pure. Black masks were
considered an indication of the crossing in of the Mastiff. As an important
indication of purity of the breed, attention was paid to the leather-coloured
nose, light eyes, and red mask. Originally bred with huge anatomically incorrect
heads; a pioneer for the breed in Germany, Werner Preugschat once wrote:
- "What am I supposed to do with a dog that has a monstrous skull and is at
most able to carry it from the food dish to its bed."
The Dogue de Bordeaux comes in two varieties, Dogues and Doguins, the former
being a considerably larger dog than the latter. Breeding of the Doguins has
been seriously neglected in recent years and the variety has dwindled to near
New initiatives will soon be required if the Bordeaux Dog can hope to
flourish again both inside and outside of France. It is hoped that the few
remaining survivors of this interesting old breed will be sufficient for its
Photo sent in by Gary - Thanks
We knew what we were taking on when we chose a dogue, well we
thought we knew, the fact is we had a good idea what we had bought,,,, the
truth is that WE HAD NO IDEA!!!!!! MASON
CHANGES EVERYTHING he is da best dog in town!!!!!!
Famous Dogues de Bordeaux
- Beasley the Dog played the title role in Turner & Hooch.
The breed is also recognized by the following kennel clubs:
- Kennel Club (Germany)
- National Kennel Club: Stds
- American Pet Registry Inc.
- Continental Kennel Club: Stds
- Old Red English Bulldogges Association & Registry
Janish, Joseph. Dogue de Bordeaux Kennel Club Books, 2003. ISBN
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