Dogue de Bordeaux

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Fast Facts

Country of Origin:France
AKC Group:Working Group
UKC Group:Guardian
Life Span:8 to 10 years
Color:Solid mahogany (auburn) or fawn.
Coat:Fine, short hair that is soft to the touch.
Grooming:Brush weekly.
Size:Large Dog Breed
Height:23 to 27 inches at the shoulder
Weight:At least 100 pounds

Although it has a forbidding look, the Dogue's desire for affection is intense. It's somewhat leery of strangers and may be aggressive toward strange dogs, but it gets along well with children and makes a loving family pet with a calm, tranquil disposition. The Dogue de Bordeaux's origin is not known, but it's likely that the Mastiff and Bulldog each played a part in its development. The breed was once used as a fighting dog, challenging bulls, bears and other dogs. The Dogue is powerful and massive, but surprisingly athletic and quick. A large, expressive head characterizes this breed. As with most dogs that were once bred for fighting, the Dogue de Bordeaux has a powerful jaw. This breed is built low to the ground, but is well balanced. The standard calls for males to weigh at least 100 pounds and stand 24 to 27 inches at the shoulder; bitches are slightly smaller. Dogues come in several colors, but dark auburn is preferred. The short coat requires only a weekly brushing.

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