The Dogue de Bordeaux, as the name suggests, is the Mastiff from the city of Bordeaux in France. There were originally four different types of Dogue’s in France all named after the region they were from; the Dogue De Bordeaux, Dogue de Parisian (a heavier and more wrinkled dog), Dogue de Toulouse (a shorter, stockier with a broader head dog) and the much smaller bulldog type known as the Doguin. Unlike today, the original Dogues came in a variety of coat colours and often had black masks. They were used for big game hunting, guard duties and combat sports all over France. The French Dogues were pitted against each other and wild animals in organised combat sports. There is many stories of Dogue’s taking on large wild cats in battles in France and then later in America. The breed is believed to have been heavily influenced by English dogs taken to Bordeaux since the 1300’s by wine merchants and fighting bulldogs from Spain that were taken across the border to be used in the many pits found in France at the time. MORE INFO COMING SOON!!!
Vintage photo of a Dogue de Bordeaux
Dogue de Bordeaux in Paris, France in 1886
'Caporal' A famous Dogue de Bordeaux from Spain in 1890. He was 7 years of age in the photo and weighed 49kgs and was 64cm in height. He was undefeated in combats against Bulls in France.
A Doguin type Dogue de Bordeaux in France in 1938
Dogue de Bordeaux in 1900
A functional modern day Dogue De Bordeaux
Beautiful pair of Dogues de Bordeaux
A functional Dogue De Bordeaux
‘Cora’ was born on the 24th of June 1909 and descended from Spanish Bulldogs however she ended up being registered as a Dogue de Bordeaux. Which brings up a very interesting point... not only did a lot of English blood go into the Dogue but also a lot of Spanish blood went into the creation of the Dogue de Bordeaux.
A Dogue De Bordeaux in the 1930's
Its like going back in time! A beautiful 4 month old Dogue De Bordeaux
Dogue de Bordeaux in the 1900’s
Dogue de Bordeaux in 1910
'Caporal' aka the "The invincible" was a renown working Dogue de Bordeaux in the late 1800's. He was a Toulousan type of French Dogue and weighed around 108lbs and was 25 inches tts. His battles with a variety of wild animals in France are well documented in the history books.