One of Europe's oldest dog breeds.
Bordeaux doge originates from Bordeaux in France. The breed also goes by the names French mastiff, Bordeaux Mastiff and Dogue de Bordeaux.
Their roots go back to the 14th century, which means they are one of the oldest European dog breeds.
Their areas of use have been plentiful. The breed was used both as fighting dogs and guard dogs. Among other things, they guarded farms, weapons, and even the butcher's meat. Some even hunted big game.
Gentle giants who love their herd
Now they are mainly used as companion dogs (weighing between 45 to 68 kilos.)
Keywords that describe them include loving, stable, and compliant. But they can also be headstrong and territorial (especially the male dogs). To reduce this behavior, socialize them from an early age.
With the help of socialization, it is possible to get a Bordeaux dog to get along with other domestic animals, including other dogs.
Most of all, the French Mastiff wants to be with their owners at all times. Many Bordeaux dogs strongly dislike solidarity for long times.
The Bordeaux dog is not recommended for first-time dog owners as they are rather demanding.
Guarding and protecting the home and family
A Bordeaux dog is a natural guardian and will go to great lengths to protect his family. But they are rarely aggressive (unless there is a good reason).
The French Mastiff has a massive head that exudes confidence and fearlessness. But in reality, they look scarier than they are.
They are somewhat reserved towards strangers and will bark when they discover something suspicious.
With the right owners, who are consistent in their upbringing, they have the potential to become great family dogs.
Easy maintenance, but remember this...
Their fur is easy to care for, and you only have to bathe them as needed.
But remember: They do not have an undercoat, so they cannot handle the cold too well.
Relatively short life expectancy
Hip dysplasia, skin infections, and eyelid distortion occur in some individuals.
Unfortunately, our breed has a relatively short average lifespan. Healthy individuals can live for up to 10 years, but many die between the ages of 6-8.