The Dogue de Bordeaux, also known as the French Mastiff or Bordeaux Mastiff, is a massive, comparatively rare dog breed originating from the Bordeaux region of France. Their history can be traced back to the 12th Century, when they were used to pull carts, and as herding and hunting dogs. They may be related to the Tibetan Mastiff, although their true origin is not definitively known. Dogues de Bordeaux almost became extinct between the two World Wars, with only ten pairs of dogs known to remain. However, they were saved from extinction, exported to America, and were officially recognised by the American Kennel Club in 2008. They were made famous by Tom Hanks in the movie Turner and Hooch. They are still comparatively rare in Australia.
Known as ‘gentle giants,’ these huge dogs have the largest head of any known dog breed, and distinctive folds in their faces which give them their characteristic soulful expression. However, they are alert, intelligent dogs not known for their high energy level. They are known to be quite lethargic, prone to obesity, and have a comparatively short lifespan of five to eight years.
They have a short, dense coat that requires minimal grooming. Bordeaux are known for their very gentle and affectionate nature. Although they are intelligent, they can be stubborn, and require an experienced owner who can provide strict training from an early age. Due to their huge size, they are not suitable for families with children or for small living areas.
Their huge size and strength make them very heavy and powerful dogs, and they require firm consistent handling from an early age if they are to become manageable pets. They are highly affectionate dogs but not suitable for being around children. Due to their numerous known health issues, Dogues de Bordeaux require very regular vet checks, and it is recommended to have comprehensive health insurance if you are considering owning this breed.
Most Australians can expect to pay between $20 and $60 a month for pet insurance. There are many factors that can influence the cost of pet insurance for your dog, including the following:
This is the most basic type of pet insurance, covering costs for accidental injuries such as car accidents, poisoning, burns, fractures, snake and spider bites, but not illnesses and other conditions.
This type of insurance provides cover for accidental injuries as well as illnesses like cancer, gastrointestinal problems and eye, ear and skin conditions, but not routine care for your pet.