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Dogue de Bordeaux

Also known as: French Mastiff, Bordeaux Bulldog

Breed origin: Uncertain, possibly ancient France.
Original purpose: Guardian, hunter, and fighter. They were trained to bait bulls, bears, and jaguars, hunt boars, herd cattle, and protect the homes, butcher shops, and vineyards of their masters.

AKC recognized: 2008
AKC group: Working

Size: Weight: males at least 110 lbs; females at least 99 lbs
Size: Height: males 23½ to 27 inches; females 23 to 26 inches
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Color: All shades of fawn, from a dark red fawn to a light fawn, with or without a black or brown mask.

Life span: 6 to 10 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Dogue de Bordeaux is powerful, calm and balanced, vigilant, loyal, courageous but not aggressive, and gifted for guarding. They are devoted and extremely affectionate toward their family. They have a high stimulus threshold and are very adaptable and generally sweet and even tempered. However, due to their large size, strength, and natural protectiveness, it is very important to socialize and train them from an early age. They are prone to overheating because of their short nose, and care must be taken to provide plenty of water and a shady spot to stay cool on hot days.

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Protective? Yes

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Suitable canine sports/activities: conformation, obedience, carting, weight pulling, water rescue, tracking, search and rescue, therapy

Grooming requirement: Brush weekly to keep shedding to a minimum. Bath every 10 to 15 days to prevent odors. The folds of the wrinkles on the head should be cleaned regularly.

Known health problems: Heat stroke, hip dysplasia, epilepsy, cancer, gastric dilatation volvulus, cardiac diseases, kidney problems.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Dogue De Bordeaux (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Joseph Janish
Published in 2003
158 pages

The Ultimate Book of Mastiff Breeds
By Editor Douglas Oliff
Published in 1999
264 pages

The Saga of the Dogue De Bordeaux: From the Antique Molossus to the Modern Dogue
By Raymond Triquet
Published in 1997

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
The Dogue de Bordeaux Society of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Dogue de Bordeaux Society Rescue

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