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Dogue De Bordeaux


Basic Information

Breed Group
25 - 35 Pounds
14 - 16 Inches



The Dogue de Bordeaux is one of the most ancient breeds native to France. They were originally bred to hunt large animals and were often used as fighting dogs. They are impressive dogs with very large, distinctive heads and although they are such big dogs, they are extremely agile and quick on their feet, being more than capable of jumping great heights.

Their intimidating looks belie a gentle and affectionate character that in the right hands and with the correct sort of training and early socialisation, is a wonderful dog to have around the home which is why they are such a popular choice in their native France and why they are gaining popularity elsewhere in the world including here in the UK.

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Affectionately known as the Dogue, the breed is one of the most ancient native to France that during the 20th century struggled to survive. Fortunately, thanks to a loyal fan base, the breed did not vanish altogether and is now gaining in popularity outside of their native France.

They were bred to hunt large animals, but they were also used as fighting dog. Similar type dogs can be traced as far back as the 14th century. They are thought to be direct descendants of the Molossus of Rome and were commonly seen working on estates during the 12th century where they hunted boar, wolves, wild pig and bears. During the middle ages these dogs were used to drive cattle to market and in wartimes they were commonly used to guard flocks of livestock.

The breed was first exhibited in France in 1863 after which time they gained in popularity not only in their home country but in other parts of the world which included here in the UK. The breed was officially recognised by The Kennel Club in 1997 and today the number of dogs being registered is continuing to rise. 

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