ALL ABOUT THE DOGUE DE BORDEAUX: THE FRENCH MASTIFF


(dramatic chime) – [Narrator] Dogumentary TV, producing the best breed
documentaries on YouTube. (dog barks) (mellow music) – 27 years ago, my husband
wanted a manly-man dog, so we went looking for a breed. We looked at Neapolitans, and I said no. He looked at Great, I wanted a Great Dane. He said no. Then, we ran into a Dogue de
Bordeaux at a rare breed show and we knew this was the breed for us. It was love at first sight. We said this is exactly
how our home life is, this is exactly what we like. The temperament, the
personality, great with kids. We wanted this dog. The Dogue de Bordeaux is a great pet. They are great with family, kids. They’re wonderful companions. I wouldn’t have a home without it. My name is Angie Reed. I am the DDBSA, which is the parent club
for the Dogue de Bordeaux, corresponding secretary. I am also on our Judges’
Education Committee. I’m an AKC-approved mentor and I’m also a Breeder of Merit. The Dogue de Bordeaux is a
very special breed to me. It’s a very, it’s a great companion, it’s great with kids, family. They just really want to be with you and be wherever you are. The Dogue de Bordeaux really
just wants to be with you. It just is a big lap dog. It thinks it’s a little
dog, but it’s a big dog. They just want to be cuddled, they just want to be with you, and they just enjoy doing things with you and being with you. I stated before, I’ve had
this breed for 27 years. I am a breeder-owner-handler. I have been showing for almost 20 years. I enjoy going to class, training my dog. Having that teamwork with us, all the people I’ve met in the show ring at nationals throughout the
years over in Europe, America, these are friendships
that I’ve had forever. The Dogue de Bordeaux is first
and foremost a head breed. That head is a trapezoid
head with that expression, is just that what sets us apart. When we educate our judges
in Judges’ Education, we tell them to follow our
acronym of H.E.A.R.T.S., which is head, expression, athletic, wrinkle, trots like a lion, and substance, and that’s really what you
want to see in the dog. The first and foremost is the head. The next is the expression. Wrinkle but not too much wrinkle. The athleticism. Can it move? It has to move. And our movement is like a lion. And then the substance,
you want that bulk. But not bigger. Bigger is not better. Balance and proportion with this breed is always first and foremost. The breed standard. In a male, they can be
from 23 inches to 27 inches and a minimum of 110 pounds. A female can be from
22 inches to 26 inches with a minimum of 99 pounds. So again, bigger is not better. It just needs to be
balanced and proportioned. We are a Mastiff breed,
first and foremost. We’re a Dogue de Bordeaux,
we’re a French Mastiff, so we are cousins to
the English and the Bull and the Dogue de Bordeaux and the Italian, we’re all in the Mastiff family. We’re not a Bulldog, but yet we are a concave
dog, like a Bulldog. We have a wider chest. We move like, we’re a little bit wider. We’re not narrow here like a Whippet. We are a short-muzzled breed. You want to watch that
you’re not too short-muzzled. You want to make sure
your nostrils are open so the dog can breathe, ’cause we are a very heat-sensitive breed. Weather like today is not
bad, but you definitely do not want to leave your
dog outside in the heat. The acceptable colors
of a Dogue de Bordeaux can go from light
isabella to dark mahogany, and they can be, so they can
be in-between that variations. There is also a black
mask Dogue de Bordeaux and they have to have, definitely have to have certain black in the area of the muzzle, on the nose, for sure. And they can be, again, light
isabella to the dark mahogany. The Dogue de Bordeaux was created to guard the vineyards of France. We are supposed to look
scary, look dissuasive, but not be it, very companionable, so when you look at it and
you look at that expression, you’re like, whoa. We have also been used for carting. Back with World War II, our numbers really, really went down. They’ve been used for hunting. Boar, other things. But really, we’re a guardian breed. In World War I, they were also used to pull the wounded off the battlefield. Our numbers as a breed really went down during World War I and World War II because families were working on supporting themselves
and feeding themselves as opposed to the family dog. Today, the Dogue de
Bordeaux is a companion dog. We have also been used in
therapy, search and rescue. Years ago, there was a dog that was actually water-certified. She trained with a Newfoundland. There was actually a
Dogue de Bordeaux at 9/11. His name was Boomer and
he did phenomenal work during that horrible time in our history. The Dogue de Bordeaux
can be an aloof breed. It’s kind of a little standoffish. It can also be very
friendly, very outgoing. Again, it is a guardian breed, so if it feels his family
is being threatened, it will guard its family. It’s what it’s supposed to do. The Dogue de Bordeaux is active, but it’s not an active dog. It’s not a sporting dog. We’re not a herding dog. We don’t need a lot of energy. You can take your dog for
a good 30-minute walk and, I know mine, from experience,
they’re done, they’re good. They love, mine love to play
fetch, mine swim in our lake. The Dogue de Bordeaux can be aggressive. It is a guardian breed. It can be dog aggressive. But early socialization,
and if you just keep, I always tell all my puppy owners and people I speak to who are
gonna get a breed, training. You need to start training
your puppy from day one. Take him to puppy kindergarten class, take him to obedience class. Socialize, socialize, socialize. And if it’s no one time, it is always no. You must be consistent with this breed. The life expectancy can
be eight to 10 years. There have been a few dogs
that have lived to 12. I think, as we grow as a
breed in a breed community, the more health screens we do, the more health testing we do, the more we will really strive to improve on the health of our dog. I think the longevity
will definitely increase. Health testing, to me,
is very, very important. You have to know what you
have before you breed. It’s not an option for me, it’s mandatory. I will do all my health
screens prior to any breeding. I will demand that whoever
I’m breeding to have the same. We want good hips, good health,
good heart, good thyroid. We want all that to promote the breed. Longevity, to keep this breed going. I think over the last
probably five to 10 years, the one that’s been most
coming out is a heart. As health screens improve, we’re finding a lot more heart issues. You want an echocardiogram. It’s now very easy to do. You can schedule it with a cardiologist. A lot of dog shows have
these health screens. I prefer to take my dogs to my
own cardiologist in my area. I’ve used the same one
for the last 15 years and I trust him completely. In my 27 years, I’ve
had only three litters. Why have I had only three litters? If I couldn’t improve on the breed, I wasn’t going to breed my dogs. My first litter, I had three puppies, which was a great beginning
for me as a new breeder. One of those puppies has become not only an AKC champion
but a Grand Champion. My next litter, I had four puppies, and three of those have gone on to become AKC champions
and Grand Champions. And then, my last litter I had, I’ve had three champions,
a couple Grand Champions, and I was also the fortune one to breed the first Dogue de
Bordeaux to win a Best in Show. His name is Buddha. Buddha was the first Dogue de Bordeaux to win a Best in Show at AKC. That was actually a
very special day for me ’cause he won it back home
in his hometown of Puyallup, so I was actually ringside
and got to cheer him on. It was a very special
day, lots of tears for me. The Dogue de Bordeaux is actually a pretty much wash-and-wear breed. You wash it, you scrub it down. I use a sponge to get
really down in the hair. And you dry it off. I don’t blow-dry my dogs. I don’t get too crazy. You do want to clean
the folds in its face. They can collect a lot of
dirt and oil and grease. You want to watch their ears. They can get, they have floppy ears. They can get some yeast infections. But other than that, they’re
a very easy, groomable dog. Me, personally, I feed
my Dogue de Bordeauxs, from puppy, adult food. I never feed them puppy chow. It’s too much protein, they grow too fast. When your puppy is growing, you don’t want it to put on
more than three pounds a month. If it starts putting on
too much weight too fast, you can have other joint issues. Shoulders, limping, some
pano, which is growing pains, which is very common in a young puppy. So you want to really watch
the weight on the dog. You also want to feed it
a good quality dog food. There’s a lot of people
that feed raw food. I feed a really good
commercial grain-free dog food. That’s my choice. But again, you really
just want to make sure he has all the supplements
he needs, the vitamins. I always tell people,
I suggest them to get a supplement with a hip. I think joint supplementation from the time they are
a puppy is essential. I think it just helps their body keep everything growing like it should be. This is definitely not a dog to throw in your backyard and leave him. They are a working dog. They need to be with the people. If they are left alone out in the yard, they can start having some really behavioral and aggression problems. They’re very social,
they need their family. They need to be around their people. And plus, with the heat and
stuff, it’s just not good. Weather wise, they get too hot. If it’s too cold, I mean
they don’t have the coat to keep ’em warm in the cold, so I always say, in the house. We are a drooling breed. Some drool all the time, some drool when they eat,
some drool when they drink. We are a drooling breed. If you come to my house, you will see, I have strategically-placed
drool rags everywhere. Years ago, after we got our
first Dogue de Bordeaux, we learned we can’t have
a coffee table. (laughs) Their tails are perfect
coffee table height and when they swing it, there
goes your cup and your food, so no coffee tables. If you have a vase on a table, it could fall over with
them running into it. So, you know, it’s, but
most dogs, you know? You just want to make sure that there’s nothing down that
they can eat, like a plant. You’ve got to make sure they’re
not gonna eat your plants. Definitely, like childproofing your home, you dog-proof your home. Right now, we’re here at the Mission Circuit
in Pomona, California. I am down here from
Washington with my girl, Mia. Her actual name is Lorda de la Game. I imported her from Holland, from my breeder, Jan Dijkstra. This is actually my third
dog I’ve got from him. Mia is 20 months. This is her first show she
has traveled so far from. She actually showed like a trooper. Did we win? No, but you know what? I would not have asked
anything different from her. She moved perfect, she stacked perfect. She did everything I want,
so I was happy with it. And, plus, I get to see all
these great people down here. I love, this is one of the
things I love about dog showing is the friends I’ve made,
seeing their dogs, reconnecting. This is what showing, to me, is. It’s the camaraderie and
the friends that I make. That’s what’s important to me. Showing this dog and working
with this dog, this breed, and just training it has
really opened my world to so many other breeds,
so many other people. I’ve met a lot of people
that have influenced my life, that have given me great
tips in, I don’t know, some maybe health things
that I can do, some anything. The people I’ve met here
have just been amazing. I encourage other people
to get out and show. You don’t need to hire a handler. You can do it yourself, we have fun. I love my Pacific Northwest
group I show with. We are like family. We help each other out,
we encourage each other, and to me, they are so precious
to me, you have no idea. They are my second family.

100 thoughts on “ALL ABOUT THE DOGUE DE BORDEAUX: THE FRENCH MASTIFF

  • Thank you for this beautiful video. I am soon to get this dog. I have been waiting four months for my dog to be delivered. He will be delivered between 15-17 June. Can't wait to meet my Tyson (yup, that's what I'm gonna name him). Super dog.

  • Constructive tip from a cinema student : I noticed that the audio goes dark when some of the b-roll comes on, as the interviewee stops speaking. If I may, I would like to suggest taking some roomtone, audio taken without anything going on. We do this in every location. We take about 10-20 seconds of audio with no one speaking, with nothing going on. You can then slip that in through the narration to create a smoother transition.

    Love your stuff!! Thanks for the great content.

  • Am i the only one who kisses their dogs on the cheeks😆😆😆😚😚😚 ive always felt like im dog obsessed. The feelings they give me and happiness is amazing. Especially when they know im sad or down😫😫😯😯

  • Her French mastiff look good, some people have made breed them to big and wrinkly, great work

  • Really friendly dogs, but WOW are they intimidating at first. They walk up to you, you feel the vibration in the ground, they ask you to pet them, and their faces are big enough to easily snap off your hand… but you realize pretty quick all they want are the pets.
    Terrifying if the owner is incompetent or cruel, though.

  • Best DDB by Dogumentary Videos, so far! There are other breeders with the same or more experience! Not all of the best looking ddbs were heavily shown! But overall general info is good in this video. The DDBs was fully recognized by AKC in 2008 but has been around for many decades by FCI the oldest and largest breed registry in the world!

  • Such a great video to represent all mastiff breeds & owners! Clearly she understands this breeds completely! I love that she stresses the importance of training and loving consistency from day one with this special breed. And like I tell ppl, please don't pursue or promote this special breed unless you are fully committed to care for him/her!

  • The thumbnail and video are great looking and professional. But the intro with the “dogumentory tv” voice and the 3D camera lens make it look terrible.

  • What the head looks to me is that of a dog breed that has a breathing and hot weather problem. They should move away from this looks.

  • I own 2, they have been the most caring and kind dogs I’ve seen, but it’s true they’re a peace of work, extremely territorial and they can be defiant before turning 2 years to see who is the alfa. They need to be socialize definitely because when they see something that makes them feel threatened they will go for it. Thankfully i haven’t had any problem against other dogs or people but you need to keep an eye on them when there’s people or dogs outside the family. They can have hip and elbow displacia so just to keep in mind. It’s so true when she said that they think they’re smaller than what they actually are because when they are young they turn into a wrecking ball that destroys everything they walk by, but i still love my 2 pups and they have won the heart of my parents that weren’t so excited when they first arrived.

  • Lovely breed. I miss my ferdinand… he died at 2 years old because of bad hip problems. He got some operations and stuff, he had pills every dinner and so on, but it didn't get better, so we made a choice and sent him up to where we knew it was best for him ):..

  • I currently own A bullmastiff cross and have been thinking of adopting another dog of similar breed. i saw the Bordeaux and instantly fell in love. even with the slobber ( my current pup slobbers like crazy) Id love to own a dog like this

  • Beautiful dogs! I Would get one if it wasn’t for the early age. Although i love it
    favourite dog breed

  • what's with saying we so much she may look like a dog but she ain't one the woman sounds like am absolute cunt who talk a lot of shit akc what a joke

  • I know that it is gross I love it's drool plenty of sanitizing wipes & also there is I believe surgery that cut down on the drooling.

  • She is not justifying the strong character of this massive guard dog. She is portraying it as a soft pussy dog. Completely disagree with her own concept

  • She has gorgeous dogs. When she says we she means her and the dog. She doesn't think she is a dog, but the dogs become our children. I refer to my DDB and me as "we" all the time!

  • We are a Doberman and we act very stupid but really we are just outsmarting our owners.

    (Before anyone complains, I have a Doberman. I love him but boy is he a handful. He’s still young)

  • I would like to see (Dogue De Bordeaux) breeders worldwide primarily breed for health & less for whatever aesthetics/looks that will give them wins at competitions/dog shows.
    For me as a DdB owner (second pair of DdB´s that we have the pleasure of owning) i could care less how many dog shows the breeders dogs have won… the only thing i am concerned about when buying a DdB is potential lifespan & that the breeder is in it for the right reasons….how fun is it to loose your DdB after 3-4 years due to health problems?
    Knock on wood….we have been very fortunate & lucky…we got 10 wonderful years with our first female DdB & 8 years with our first male.
    Downside in owning a DdB? As any large heavy dog breed…. you will have less years to spend with them…that´s just how it is….so, enjoy & cherish every single day !
    Once yoe get a French Mastiff…. forget it….you´re sold…. you can´t ever imagine not having one or more DdB´s in your life.

  • My family had a DdB with a black mask named Bruce for 11 years when I was in my teens and early 20’s. At 155lbs he thought he was a lap dog but it was more like being sat on by a miniature horse. Overall he was a fantastic dog but I think we got blacklisted by UPS because these are guard dogs and if someone doesn’t come into your house confidently they immediately think that person isn’t supposed to be there. He chased a female UPS worker halfway down the block once took a chunk out of the box she was carrying because she gave off a really nervous vibe. Needless to say another female delivery person never showed up at our house.

  • the only thing that keeps me from this breed is the long strings of spaghetti like drool hanging out of their mouths all the time.

  • This is my absolutely favorite large breed. Had two growing up. The second to replace the first. Both male. Both named affectionately"Hooch". Both were amazing dogs. Hooch 1 was a gentle giant…unless he thought you were a threat to us kids.

    Didn't have the best home life growing up, and first Hooch got between my mother and us so often that my mom having to take the time out to lock him up before she beat our asses, so she didn't get bit, was enough time for all of us to cram ourselves under the bed to where she couldn't reach us to pull us out and beat us.

    My mom had forgotten her keys one night and attempted to come into the house through the window. She got one leg over the pane and was grabbed by her thigh and pulled in by Hooch. He stopped immediately when she screamed his name, but that was the type of dog Hooch 1 was. If you are an attempting burgler, you will at best get one leg in the house before he will rip you inside and eat your face off.

    Hooch 2 was nearly identical. A bit more goofy and lumbering, where as Hooch 1 was more regal, and careful of his surroundings, both could turn on a dime from slobbering mush to Guardian mode.

    Absolutely the best, in my opinion, family dogs. If I had a bigger place I would have one now. The only thing I dislike about the breed is their lifespan. Hooch 1 lived to 10. Hooch 2 lived till 8. It's s hard to say goodbye…let alone say goodbye that quickly.

    Edited to add: This breed is also the only breed where I would rather own a male than female. I always tended to feel female dogs were better to have and raise around small children in every other breed, but this one.

    Maybe it's bias because both Hooches I grew up with were male dogs, but this breed in general has guardianship engrained so I don't doubt a female would protect and bond any less deeply to the family than a male.

    😢

    But still, RIP Hooch 1 and Hooch 2. Best protectors and guardians we could have ever asked for. ♥️♥️♥️

  • Loved your video! So so well done! My name is Bill from Duvall! We own Arrow. She is half bloodhound, but really dominates with her ddb traits. So so glad u shared this video. We learned a lot! Ty! 🐕

  • As here in France I see that everywhere in the world red mask became the typical colour of the dogue de bordeaux. I think it's because you can immediately see the difference with the bullmastiff. But don't forget, black mask also is a colour of the breed and unfortunely black mask is dominant so it can disapear forewer very quickly

  • I am looking to buy my first dog. What would be a good breed to start with nothing small tho haha I been thinking Doberman ?

  • Why is she saying "We" when she is referring to the dogs if she's clearly not a dog? She's mentally insane.

  • I first fell in love with this breed when i saw the movie Turner & Hooch. I saw that face and head and i just wanted to mush it and talk baby talk to it. That dog breathes with its mouth open and it is flat out smiling lololol i would sooooo have one

  • My Dogue De Bordeaux body odour smells too bad.
    I do not know what to do?
    All French Mastiff smells bad?
    If there is some remedy then please suggest how to get rid of smell of french mastiff ?

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