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DDB Standard

FCI-Standard No. 116

Dogue de Bordeaux

Sketches: Sylvia GUIGNARD
Origin: France
Utilization: Guard, defense and dissuasion
Date of publication of the valid original standard: 14.04.1995
Translation: Tim TAYLOR and Raymond TRIQUET
FCI-classification: Group 2 (Pinshcer and Schnauzer type, Molossian and Swiss mountain and cattledogs), Section 2.1 (Mastiff type) - Without working trial
1st standard: (Caractère des vrais dogues) in Pierre Megnin, Le Dogue de Bordeaux, 1896
2nd standard: in: J. Kunstler, Etude critique du Dogue de Bordeaux, 1910
3rd standard: by Raymond Triquet, with the collaboration of Vet. Dr. Maurice Luquet, 1971
4th standard: reformulated according to Jerusalem model (F.C.I.) by Raymond Triquet, with the collaboration of Philippe Serouil, President of the French Dogue de Bordeaux Club and its Committee, 1993

General Appearance

Important Proportions

Behavior / Temperament

Cranial Region

Facial Region




Color, Size, Weight

  • Black mask: The mask is often only slightly spread out and must not invade the cranial region. There may be slight black shading on the skull, ears, neck and top of body. The nose is then black.
  • Brown mask (used to be called red or bistre): The nose is then brown; the eye rims are also brown.
  • No mask: The coat is fawn : the skin appears red (also formerly called "red mask"). The nose is then reddish or pink.


Serious Faults:

  • Hyper aggressive, timid
  • Head short and round with protruding eyes
  • Hyper typical bull doggy : flat skull, muzzle measuring less than a quarter of the total length of the head
  • Important lateral deviation of the lower jaw
  • Incisors constantly visible when the mouth is closed
  • Arched back
  • Fused but not deviated vertebrae of the tail
  • Forefeet turning inwards (even slightly)
  • Forefeet turning outwards too much
  • Flat thighs
  • Angle of the hock too open (straight angulation)
  • Angle of the hock too closed, dog standing under himself behind
  • Cow hocks or barrel hocks
  • Stilted movement or serious rolling of rear
  • Excessive shortness of breath, rasping
  • White on tip of tail or on the front part of the forelegs, above the carpus and the tarsus

Disqualifying Faults:

  • Long, narrow head with insufficiently pronounced stop, with a muzzle measuring more than a third of the total length of the head (lack of type in head)
  • Muzzle parallel to the top line of the skull or down faced, Roman nose
  • Twisted jaw
  • Mouth not undershot
  • Canines constantly visible when the mouth is closed
  • Tongue constantly hanging out when the mouth is closed
  • Tail knotted and laterally deviated or twisted (screw tail, kink tail)
  • Atrophied tail
  • Fiddle front with splay feet
  • Angle of the hock open towards the rear (tarsal deviated towards the front)
  • White on the head or body, any other colour of the coat than fawn
  • Identifiable disabling defect