Dogue de Bordeaux, French Mastiff Collars

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The Dogue de Bordeaux (French Mastiff) Collars

There are many dog collars we recommend for this particular breed. Let’s first talk about the breed.

The Dogue De Bordeaux is also known as the French Mastiff. This breed is a very large and impressive breed, this breed was known in France as early as the fourteenth century, particularly in southern France in the region around  Bordeaux Hence, the city lent its name to this large dog. This breed was started in the 1920’s.

The French placed emphasis on keeping the old breeding line pure. Black masks were considered an indication of the crossing with the English Mastiff. As an important indication of the purity of the breed, attention was paid to the self-colored (pink) nose, lighter eye color, and red mask.

The history of the breed is believed to have come before the bullmastiff as well as the bulldog. It is said that this French Mastiff can be found in the background of the bullmastiff, and others claim that the Dogue and mastiff breeds were both being accomplished at the same time. 

Some say this breed is very close in relation with the Neopolitan Mastiff. The French Mastiff shares the same common links as all modern molossers.

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Dogue de Bordeaux (French Mastiff)

In 1867, the first canine exhibition was held in Paris, France. The winner of the Dogue de Bordeaux was a female named Magenta. The Dogue de Bordeaux was then given the name of the capital of its region of origin, today’s Dogue de Bordeaux.

Although the Dogue de Bordeaux first arrived in the USA in the 1890s for the show ring, the first documented Dogues de Bordeaux of modern times appeared in 1959[ Fidelle de Fenelon; and in 1968, Rugby de la Maison des Arbres. Between 1969 and 1980, imported Dogues de Bordeaux in the USA were scarce, limited to a few breeders who worked closely with the French Dogue de Bordeaux Club. The breed was first “officially” introduced to American purebred enthusiasts in an article written in 1982 and by the American anthropologist, Dr. Carl Semencic for “Dog World” magazine. That article, entitled “Introducing the Dogue de Bordeaux”, was followed by chapters dedicated to the Dogue in Semencic’s books on dogs, published by T.F.H. Publications of Neptune, New Jersey. When Semencic’s first article on the breed was published, there were no Bordeaux Dogues in the United States. There were 600 examples left in the world, mostly in France, the Netherlands, and East Berlin, and the breed’s numbers were on the decline. Much later, in 1989, the typical American family saw the Dogue de Bordeaux for the first time on the big screen in Touchstone’s movie about a policeman and his canine partner, although many people did not know that the massive slobbering animal was a Dogue de Bordeaux.

Since then, the French Mastiff has taken hold in the United States and can be found in greatly increasing numbers across the country. The Dogue de Bordeaux has been supported by multiple breed clubs throughout the years and has finally found its way to full AKC recognition through the assistance of the Dogue de Bordeaux Society of America. Since 1997, the society has helped bring the breed to the point in which full AKC recognition could be achieved.

The Dogue de Bordeaux has begun to flourish is recent years, with its introduction into more movies and even television, as well as its full recognition status by the AKC. Its numbers are climbing, but careful attention must be paid to health in the breed if its increase in popularity is to show a positive forward motion.

The Dogue de Bordeaux is a well balanced, muscular and massive dog with a powerful build. Its size should come mostly from width and muscles, rather than height.] The breed is set somewhat low to the ground and is not tall like the English Mastiff. The body of the Dogue de Bordeaux is thick with a dip in its topline. The front legs should be straight and heavy-boned, well up on pasterns, down to tight cat-like feet. The straight tail, beginning thickly at the base and then tapering to a point at the end, should not reach lower than the hocks, and is set and carried low. The breed is to be presented in a completely natural condition with intact ears, tail, and natural declaws It should be evaluated equally for correctness in conformation, temperament, movement, and overall structural soundness.


The breed standards by FCI and the AKC specify a minimum weight of 100 pounds for a female and 111 pounds for a male.There is no formally stated maximum weight, but dogs must be balanced with regard to their overall type and the conformation standards of the breed.


The standard states that the desirable height, at maturity, should range between 24 to 27 inches (61 to 69 cm) for male dogs and from 23 to 26 inches (58 to 66 cm) for females. Deviation from these margins is considered a fault.

The massive head is a crucial breed characteristic. The Dogue de Bordeaux is claimed to have the largest head in the canine world, in proportion to the rest of the body. For males, the circumference of the head, measured at the widest point of the skull, is roughly equal to the dog’s height at the withers (shoulders). For females, the circumference may be slightly less. The jaw is undershot and powerful.  The muzzle should be at most a third of the total length of the head and no shorter than a quarter of the length of the head, the ideal being between the two extremes. The upper lip hangs thickly down over the lower jaw. The upper lips of the Dogue de Bordeaux hang over the lower lips, however, skin on the face should not hang like that of some other mastiffs.


Female with black mask

The standard specifies the coat to be ‘short, fine, and soft to the touch’. Color varies from shades of fawn to mahogany with a black, brown, or red mask although the red mask is true to the breed. White markings are permitted on the tips of the toes and on the chest, but white on any other part of the body is considered a fault, and a disqualifying one if the pigmentation goes beyond the neck.


While larger breeds of canines tend to have shorter life expectancy, the life expectancy of the Dogue is still shorter than even breeds of comparable or larger size. According to data collected by the Dogue De Bordeaux Society of America, the average lifespan of the breed is 5 to 6 years.

Health Issues:

This breed is succeptable to breathing problems because of their nose structure. This breed is also prone to hip issues because of their size as well.

Dogue de Bordeaux, French Mastiff Collars

We recommend the dog collars that are 2 inches or wider. This dog breed is one that is very powerful and has a wide neck. When you have a dog that is capable of 500 to 600 PSI in bite power it’s very important to choose a collar that is very strong. Here are some dog collars for the Dogue de Bordeaux that have been created with this breed in mind you will see these dog collars are 2.5 inches wide or higher. You can also choose from the French Mastiff Dog collars collection that is 2 inches or higher.


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