Dogue de Bordeaux

Working Group – Miscellaneous Class/AKC Foundation Stock Service (FSS)

Photos courtesy of Homestead Dogue de Bourdeaux

The Dogue de Bordeaux is a large breed and sometimes known as a French Mastiff.  Its a calm dog with a good temperment, loyal to its family.  It can be confrontational to strangers and aggressive to other dogs and should be socialized while a puppy. It snores and it drools.  Males of this breed to not do well with other males of the breed.  They make good family members and are gentle with children — just take in consideration their size as accidents can happen with smaller children. The Dogue de Bordeaux is a powerful animal both in appearance and ability.  It is not a breed for new, inexperienced owners.  An average shedder.  Lots of exercise is needed.  Beasley in Turner and Hooch was a Dogue de Bordeaux.  The weights shown below start with the female low end and the male upper end.  Many females will weight over 100 pounds while many males may top 140.  Make sure that you fully understand how big this breed can become.

Average Height(“‘s)
Average Weight (#’s)
Notes for owners
Calm and fearless
Soft and smooth Minimal Not for an inexperienced owner.  Long walks daily.


Relevant Web Sites


AKC Breed Profile

Dogue de Bordeaux Society of America

We STRONGLY recommend that you get your dog from a respectable breeder or rescue organization.  Pet store puppies may get their dogs from Puppy Mills that normally breed only for profit, not quality or concern for the puppy or its eventual owner.If you would like help locating a breeder or rescue agency near you please E-Mail PGAA (, and let us know your city/state and the type of dog you are looking for.  Do not assume that PGAA has qualified all of the breeders or rescues on this site.  Do your own check of each breeder or rescue — be sure that you are comfortable with the organization before you buy, adopt or turn-over a dog.