The Dogue de Bordeaux is an ancient and powerful breed originally used for hunting. Contrary to her outward appearance, she is an affectionate, gentle dog who has a high threshold for irritation. In general, the majestic mastiff is at peace and has its power well under control. She is very open to people and loves her family more than anything.
From hunting dog to family dog
The ancestors of the Dogue De Bordeaux, the “Saupacker” belonging to the Molosser family, were mentioned in hunting books as early as the 14th century. Until the middle of the 19th century, the Dogues de Bordeaux were mainly found in Aquitaine in southern France and in northern Spain. For example, they were used to hunting wild boars because of their strength and courage. Butchers used them to protect their valuable goods from wild animals. During this time, the Dogue de Bordeaux was also abused as a fighting dog. In 1863 the dog was exhibited for the first time in France under the name Dogue de Bordeaux. In 1896 the first breed standard was introduced. As a result of the two world wars, the Dogue de Bordeaux almost became extinct. In the 1950s, a new breed was started in France using the animals that were still available.
Nature of the Dogue de Bordeaux
By nature, the Dogue de Bordeaux is a good-natured and gentle animal that is difficult to rouse. She has an extremely high threshold, which means she can interpret situations correctly and will only defend herself or her family if there is a real danger. Their composure and patience with children make them great family dogs. The tall Frenchwoman is intelligent and an excellent observer. Well socialized and raised, she makes a wonderful and easy to care for a companion.
Upbringing and attitude
Socialization and training is the be-all and end-all for a powerhouse like the Dogue de Bordeaux. As soon as the puppy has settled in with you, the puppy lesson and dog school continue. It is important that the sometimes stubborn mastiff masters the basic commands. Since she is docile and likes to follow her humans with appropriate loving treatment, the upbringing is usually quite easy. The proud beauty does not like injustice and does not forget it either. She immediately notices inconsistencies in her upbringing and knows how to use them to her advantage.
Due to the susceptibility to joint dysplasia, this breed should not climb stairs and, since it requires a lot of space, should live in a large house with a yard. The gentle dog loves walks with his people in the great outdoors just as much as mentally and physically demanding play units and hours of cuddling together.