French Mastiff

Color: All shades of fawn, from a dark red fawn to a light fawn. Rich coat color is considered desirable. Limited white patches are permissible on the chest and the extremities of the limbs
Litter Size: Avg. 8 pups
Life Span: Avg. 5-8 year


Dogue de Bordeaux

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Dogue de Bordeaux (Red, Face)

Breed Information

Popularity 2020: #71

2019: #68

2018: #67

2017: #67

Name Dogue de Bordeaux
Other names French Mastiff, Bordeaux Mastiff, Bordeauxdog
Origin  France
Breed Group Working (AKC:2008)

Guardian Dogs (UKC)

Size Giant
Type Purebred
Life span 10-12 years
Temperament Companionable



Even Tempered



Height 23-30 inches (58-75 cm)
Weight 120-145 pounds (54.4-65.2 kg)
Colors Fawn




Litter Size 4-6 puppies

Breed Characteristics


3 stars

Apartment Friendly

2 stars

This breed will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They are very inactive indoors and will do okay without a yard.

Barking Tendencies

2 stars


Cat Friendly

4 stars

Child Friendly

4 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable dog breed for kids. It is also friendly toward other pets and friendly toward strangers.

Dog Friendly

4 stars

Exercise Needs

2 stars

Needs lots of exercise. They need to be taken on a daily, long walk. Dogs that lack in mental and/or physical exercise can develop behavior issues.


2 stars

Low Maintenance: The Dogue’s short coat is easy to groom. Brush him once a week with a rubber curry brush to remove dead hairs.

Health Issues

5 stars

Hypoallergenic: No


2 stars

Ranking: # Full Ranking List


2 stars

Shedding Level

3 stars

Moderate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.

Stranger Friendly

4 stars


4 stars

Moderately Easy Training: The Dogue de Bordeaux requires a firm but gentle hand in training. This is a powerful animal and is not suitable for an inexperienced dog owner. Consistent training is required.

Watchdog Ability

5 stars

Great Watchdog Ability: This dog will bark and alert its owners when an intruder is present. It is moderately protective of its owners and are generally considered to be good guardians.

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Dogue de Bordeaux Puppies (Red, Face)

Dogue de Bordeaux Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Charlie Maggie
02 Jack Gracie
03 Harley Coco
04 Teddy Penny
05 Gus Lola
06 Duke Molly
07 Jax Sasha
08 Sam Dixie
09 Oscar Stella
10 Bandit Layla


A powerful and muscular French breed, the Dogue de Bordeaux is a molossoid (mastiff-type dog), “dogue” meaning Mastiff in French. A massive head and stocky body are trademarks of the breed. Americans became aware of the Dogue de Bordeaux when he appeared as drooling, messy “Hooch” in the 1989 Tom Hanks’ film,Turner and Hooch. The breed’s short, fine coat is fawn-colored, ranging from a dark red to a light fawn.

Loyal and devoted to its family, the Bordeaux Bulldog is fearless and proud. It is gentle with children and family members, kindhearted, and sometimes gullible. Dogues de Bordeaux make excellent watch dogs and guard dogs. They do tend to snore and sometimes drool.  The Dogue de Bordeaux is calm and patient. It should be well socialized with other animals from an early age. Dogues de Bordeaux have a patient, gentle temperament, however they are suspicious and confrontational with strangers and sometimes aggressive with other dogs, especially males.


There are numerous theories about the origin of the Dogue de Bordeaux. It may be descended from the Bulldog, Tibetan Mastiff and from the Greek and Roman Molossus, from mastiffs brought to Europe by the Alans, from the dogs of Aquitaine or from Spanish dogs from Burgos. At the end of the Middle Ages, the Dogue was used as a cattle driver and personal bodyguard. Lots of Dogues died during the French Revolution. After the war number rose again. Raymond Triquet and his French Dogue de Bordeaux Club saved the breed. The Dogue de Bordeaux is now thoroughly established in France and gaining popularity in other countries. The breed has served as a war dog, flock guardian, cattle herder, guard dog, trained to bait bulls, bears, and jaguars, and as a hunter of boars. The breed was recognized by the AKC in 2008.


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