Dogue de Bordeaux
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Country of Origin: France
Height: Male: 60–67 cm, Female: 57–65 cm
Weight: Male: 54–65 kg, Female: 54–65 kg
Color: Mahogany, Red, Fawn
Life Expectancy: 5 – 7 years
Temperament: Vigilant, Devoted, Even Tempered, Loyal, Companionable, Courageous
Litter Size: 3 - 7 puppies
Health Problems: Most are healthy, but the breed can be prone to hip dysplasia. There are also cases of epilepsy, heart problems and hyperkeratosis. Dams often have to have cesareans.
A completely fearless breed, the Dogue de Bordeaux does not tolerate intruders. It was used for animal - baiting and dog fighting.
The Dogue de Bordeaux also called the French Mastiff and sometimes called the Bordeaux Bulldog is a short, stocky mastiff with a huge, heavy, broad, wrinkled head.
The head is a very important feature when evaluating this breed. Top quality show males have a head circumference of 27-30 inches (68-75cm).
The jaw is undershot and powerful. The Dogue should always have a black or red mask that can be distinguished from the rest of the coat around and under the nose and including the lips and eye rims.
The nostrils are very open. The muzzle should be at most 1/3 the total length of the head.
The upper lips hang thickly down over the lower jaw. The skin on the neck is loose, forming a noticeable dewlap. In general, the skin is thick.
The ears hang down. The body is thickset with a short, straight topline and a gentle rounded croup. The front legs should be straight and heavy-boned.
The straight tail begins thickly at the base and then tapers to a point. It should not reach lower than the hocks. The short soft coat comes in shades of fawn to mahogany with a black or red mask. White markings are allowed on the tips of the toes and on the chest, but white on any other part of the body is a fault.