Dogue de Bordeaux

KC Pedigree, Large

Moderate shedding

Not good for first time owners

This French Mastiff may have descended from the gladiator dogs of war that were brought to France by the Roman legions of Julius Caesar. From guarding rural farms to hunting, droving and hauling, this dog has done it all. Once bull and bear baiting was banned, the breed was mostly used for guarding, and, in more recent years as a full-time pet.


Attractive to ...

An experienced fan and owner of Mastiff types.

Not the best for ...

Drool haters. If you can't watch the film Turner and Hooch without gagging, this is not the dog for you!


French Mastiff, Bordeaux Mastiff, Bordeaux Dog, Dogue, DDB

Cross between





People will amusingly say "You should put a saddle on it!"

Exercise Needs

Medium (About an hour)
Doesn't have to be a solid hour, you can give them lots of short walks.


Dogs that you mainly just need to polish! But be warned - short haired dogs moult all the time!


Moderate shedding
All canines drop some hair, think of it as dog glitter!

Life expectancy

7 years

Good first dog?



Tailwise is consistently rated as Excellent

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