Dogue de Bordeaux belong to the AKC’s Working Group. The most famous pooch from this breed starred in the Tom Hanks film Turner and Hooch. Dogue de Bordeaux (French Mastiffs) are loyal, affectionate, brave, and territorial, but prospective owners should be aware that DDBs require above-average training and socialization.
Not sure if Dogue de Bordeaux (DDB) is the right breed for you? Keep reading to learn some key information about these dogs. The goal is to help you make the right decision and bring the best dog breed home for your family and lifestyle.
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In terms of size, Dogue de Bordeaux stand 23 to 27 inches tall and weigh 99-110 pounds or more. DDBs have some of the biggest heads among all dogs. The average life expectancy of the DDB is 5-8 years.
Dogue de Bordeaux are very affectionate with family members. They do reasonably well with young kids but not so good with other dogs in the family. These dogs must receive early socialization during puppyhood to adjust well into the household. If you live in an apartment, this breed can adapt well to your lifestyle. However, Dogue de Bordeaux are not suitable for novice pet parents.
DDBs have a very strong protective nature and are territorial, which makes them excellent guard dogs. They are moderately playful and will open up to strangers introduced to them by their owner. This breed can adapt rather well to changes in routine.
Dogue de Bordeaux have moderate to high physical exercise and mental stimulation needs. Once fully matured, these dogs are capable of strenuous activities like cart pulling. They are also great swimmers. DDBs are trainable but are not overly eager to please and have a stubborn streak, so firm and consistent training is necessary. Dogue de Bordeaux are moderate barkers.
In terms of grooming care, Dogue de Bordeaux have a short smooth coat that is fuss free and requires only an occasional brushing. However, the coat sheds a moderate to high amount. Also, the facial area needs daily cleaning. Prospective owners of Dogue de Bordeaux should know that these dogs drool a lot (you will need to keep a towel handy).