Mastiff of Bordeaux

region France
cut 60 to 68 cm for a male 58 to 66 cm for a female
hair  thin, short and sweet
dress mahogany, plain fawn
head massive, hippopotamus-like, with wrinkles on the muzzle, drooping and drooling lips
eyes yellowish or nutty
ear drooping next to the eyes
tail drooping in the form of J (in hook)
behaviour calm, kind with children, very good caretaker
federation FCI Nomenclature Group 2, Section 2, No. 116
Health This breed of dog requires a lot of attention from its masters. However, his need for physical exercise is only average. He will only be satisfied with two daily walks associated with a few weekly games, during which he will be able to run and exercise freely. A well-maintained Mastiff can have a lifespan of eight to ten years. For the dog to develop close ties with his master, it is important to make him undergo a coherent, fair and serene education. A Mastiff of Bordeaux does not train, he educates himself! Thus, he will always seek to please his master. With this animal, do not hesitate to add more to express your satisfaction or dissatisfaction. He needs a master who naturally has the upper hand over him, and who knows how to talk to him in an encouraging way. The Dogue de Bordeaux develops very strong emotional bonds with its masters and considers any separation as a punishment. It is therefore not suitable for someone who is regularly absent to choose this breed. His greatest desire is to share his time with his master, towards whom he shows devoted affection and selfless love. Like most large dogs, the Dogue de Bordeaux grows very quickly, and during growth, he must have all his energy to be able to develop a healthy and normal figure. The young require ample rations of food and it is inadvisable to tire them too much. The Dogue de Bordeaux can suffer from coxo-femoral dysplasia which is characterized by a lack of development of the hip joint. It is detected using a hip X-ray. The grades given range from A for a perfect hip to E for a severely affected hip. The breed has a few cases of benign eye pathologies such as entropion and ectropion, as well as heavier cardiac pathologies this time such as dilated cardiomyopathy. In any case, a puppy from judiciously selected parents will have every chance of not developing such pathologies. Today, the number of Dogues de Bordeaux enthusiasts has increased considerably and the breed has crossed the borders of France, spreading to most European countries, Japan, the United States, Canada, Africa , in Latin America… Anecdotes We find a dogue de Bordeaux in the detective comedy Turner and Hooch of 1989 with Tom Hanks.
He is one of the oldest French dogs. He would have arrived in France during the great invasions with warriors from Asia. It would have taken place in the south of the country and would have been crossed with multiple races already present. This breed of dog was not really recognized until 1926 but almost completely disappeared in the 20th century because of the suffering it endured during the two wars. This breed was relaunched in 1972. The Dogue de Bordeaux was used to herd cattle for butchers, to bring back game during the hunting season, for dogfights or as a faithful companion of soldiers during the war or as a guard dog. keep.
He is reputed to be an excellent guard and defense dog, but he is also very good company. He is a dog with an even and calm temperament. The French expression "humor of mastiff" is generally applied to angry people and bad tempers. However, the Dogue de Bordeaux is friendly, attentive, sociable, endearing, curious, very courageous and physically demanding with himself. Very attached to his family, he is used to always protecting his family and ensuring faultless care of the house. It is also a very good playmate for children. He rarely barks, except in times of danger or necessity. If the Dogue de Bordeaux has many positive experiences in its youth, allowing it to develop a balanced temperament, its behavior with other pets will be perfect once it becomes an adult. Despite everything, he can sometimes be more dominant towards other dogs, especially the male. But is this really a defect since all dogs have this type of instinctive behavior. However, it is a generally gentle and protective animal. At first sight, visitors are often viewed with suspicion on his part, but once his master has signified his approval, they are pleasantly welcomed.