Dogue de Bordeaux

Other names : Bordeaux Mastiff, French Mastiff, Bordeaux dog

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Life expectancy

The Dogue de Bordeaux has a life expectancy of between 10 and 12 years




Adult size

Female Between 22 and 27 in
Male Between 23 and 28 in

Adult weight

Female Between 99 and 110 lb
Male Between 110 and 121 lb
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Purchase price

The Dogue de Bordeaux costs between £680 and £920

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More details about the Dogue de Bordeaux

Dogue de Bordeaux: Origins and history

His origins are the same as those of other European molossians- that is to say, Asian. The first accounts we have of the Dogue de Bordeaux date back to the Middle Ages: the gothic tower of the Carcassonne church, built in the 14th century, is embellished with a dog that resembles the Dogue a lot. Written testimony speaks of a certain Aquitaine Dog, used as a hunter and watchdog and used also in fights against other animals. There were three types of Aquitaine Dogs: the Toulousain, the Parisian, and the Bordelais. The latter would have been the direct ancestor of the contemporary Dogue de Bordeaux.

Training a Dogue de Bordeaux

Given his overpowering constitution, the Dogue de Bordeaux must be trained and socialised from his youngest age, in order to prevent any extreme behaviour from emerging later on in adulthood. 

The males can be more difficult than the females but their will to please their owners and spend time with them renders training sessions pleasant and productive.

The key points to be worked on are walking on a leash without pulling (keeping in mind the dog’s strength as an adult), teaching ‘go to your spot’ to prevent any rough reactions towards guests, as well as supervised, positive, and regular encounters with his fellow dogs, in order to develop and reinforce a ‘canine code of conduct’. 

Positive reinforcement should of course be put in place, but training should not under any circumstance be laxist. Firmness, diligence, and patience are key in achieving results with this dog, who tends to be difficult if all three of the latter elements are not applied.

Dogue de Bordeaux: Purchase price

The price of a Dogue de Bordeaux varies depending on its origins, age, and gender. You have to count an average of £920  for dogs subscribed to the Kennel Club. 

With regards to the monthly budget required for this dog, it is quite significant since it wavers between £55 and £65 per month. This sum will be sufficient to meet all of the dog’s physiological needs.

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