Dogue de Bordeaux


The Douge de Bordeaux is a large powerful dog breed, made famous for being the star in the film Turner and Hooch.

They are gentle loving giants, a calm and chilled-out dog but, can be quite athletic when asked to. They are used in many sports and activities as well as being therapy dogs. They make great companions if you have the room for them.

They need a good amount of exercise and at least one good daily walk and plenty of games to keep them active. This breed is prone to putting on weight so, you need to make sure they are getting enough exercise. A bored dog will usually become a mischievous dog, whether it be nuisance barking, chewing or digging. Try to make sure they are occupied with jobs, playtime or plenty of exercise to keep them out of trouble.

Douge’s love to be part of the family and are very affectionate, they are gentle with children, however you may need to watch them around small children, due to their size.

They are very un-trusting of strangers, you will need to make sure you give them plenty of opportunity to socialise, to combat this. They are very territorial and protective of their family and make brilliant guard dogs, protecting you to the bitter end.

This is a breed best kept on their own due to their size any fighting could lead to serious injury. They can be known to be dominant with other dogs and animals.

They are fairly intelligent but a little difficult to train. These are large powerful dogs, you will need to establish yourself as top dog early on, then you will have a lovely well trained companion for life. Try to keep training both interesting and fun for the best results and avoid being harsh with them. Identifying their motivation reward early will get you the best results and it’s normally food.

Their coats are short and very low maintenance. Shedding is moderate all year round, a little more around spring and autumn. The biggest problem is drooling, they drool a lot! Make sure you have an old towel around with these guys.

Dogue De Bordeaux Stats

This is one of the most ancient breeds of dog to originate in France. They are big, solid dogs that were initially used for hunting large animals such as wild boars and guarding homes and cattle.

  • Weight -45kg –50kg
  • Size – 68cm – 68cm
  • They live for 6-10 years

Best Trait – Gentle Giants

Worst Trait – Drooling