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Boerboel vs Bullmastiff vs Dogue de Bordeaux – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Boerboel vs Bullmastiff vs Dogue de Bordeaux" Compare Boerboel and Bullmastiff. Which is better: Boerboel or Bullmastiff or Dogue de Bordeaux?
Name Boerboel Bullmastiff Dogue de Bordeaux
OriginsSouth Africa England France
Group Working Dogs Working Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank1245167
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Other Names South African Boerboel, South African Mastiff Bully, Bullie French Mastiff, Bordeaux Mastiff, Bordeauxdog
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1934 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2008 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section.
Breed Recognition American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club No set
Price $1500-$2000 $1200-$1500 $1000-$1300

General Appearance - Boerboel vs Bullmastiff vs Dogue de Bordeaux

Size Large Giant Large Large Giant
Weight 154-200 pounds (70-90 kg) Male: 110-133 pounds (50–60 kg), Female: 100-120 pounds (45-55 kg) 120-145 pounds (54.4-65.2 kg)
Avg. Weight 177 pounds (80 kg) Male: 121.5 pounds (50–60 kg), Female: 110 pounds (50 kg) 132.5 pounds (54.4-65.2 kg)
Height Male: 25-28 inches (64-70 cm), Female: 23-25.5 inches (59-65 cm) Male: 25-27 inches (63–69 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61–66 cm) 23-30 inches (58-75 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 26.5 inches (67 cm), Female: 23-25.5 inches (62 cm) Male: 26 inches (63–69 cm), Female: 25 inches (61–66 cm) 26.5 inches (66.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Boerboel vs Bullmastiff vs Dogue de Bordeaux

Coat Dense Shiny Smooth Rough Fine
Colors Brindle Cream Reddish Brown Red Tawny Fawn Red Brindle Fawn Mahogany Isabella Red
Grooming
Effortless: The Boerboel requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The Bullmastiff doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Easy to groom: The Dogue de Bordeaux doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Boerboels shed moderately.
Bullmastiffs shed moderately.
Dogue de Bordeauxs shed moderately.

Characteristics - Boerboel vs Bullmastiff vs Dogue de Bordeaux

Temperament Confident Intelligent Territorial Dominant Obedient Alert Courageous Docile Loyal Reliable Calm Devoted Powerful Protective Companionable Devoted Loyal Courageous Outright Tempered Vigilant
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Boerboels are quite easy to train.
Bullmastiffs are quite easy to train.
Dogue de Bordeauxs are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Boerboels, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Bullmastiffs are not the most playful dog breed.
Dogue de Bordeauxs are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
Boerboels have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Boerboels are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Bullmastiffs are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Dogue de Bordeauxs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Boerboels need for social interaction is average.
Bullmastiffs need for social interaction is average.
Dogue de Bordeauxs need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The Boerboel rarely barks.
Low: The Bullmastiff barks none to minimal.
Low to Average: The Dogue de Bordeaux rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Boerboels are one of the best watchdogs.
Bullmastiffs are one of the best watchdogs.
Dogue de Bordeauxs are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Boerboels are extremely protective guard dogs.
Bullmastiffs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Dogue de Bordeauxs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Boerboel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Bullmastiff has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Dogue de Bordeaux has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Boerboels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Bullmastiffs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Dogue de Bordeauxs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Boerboel is strong enough to escape from home.
Bullmastiffs have average wanderlust potential.
Dogue de Bordeauxs are not the biggest explorers.
Prey Drive
Boerboels have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Bullmastiffs have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Dogue de Bordeauxs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Boerboels are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Bullmastiffs are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Dogue de Bordeauxs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Boerboels adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Bullmastiffs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Dogue de Bordeauxs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Fighting Dog Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Boerboel vs Bullmastiff vs Dogue de Bordeaux

Stranger Friendly
Boerboels are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Bullmastiffs are average friendly towards strangers.
Dogue de Bordeauxs are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Boerboels are kid-friendly dogs.
Bullmastiffs are kid-friendly dogs.
Dogue de Bordeauxs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Boerboels are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Bullmastiffs are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dogue de Bordeauxs are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Boerboels are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Bullmastiffs are not dog-friendly.
Dogue de Bordeauxs are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Boerboel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Bullmastiff is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Dogue de Bordeaux is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Boerboels are usually recommended for elderly people.
Bullmastiffs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Dogue de Bordeauxs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Boerboels usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Bullmastiffs do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Dogue de Bordeauxs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Boerboels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Bullmastiffs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Dogue de Bordeauxs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Boerboel breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Bullmastiff breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Dogue de Bordeaux breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Boerboel vs Bullmastiff vs Dogue de Bordeaux

Health Issues
Boerboels tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Very healthy dog breed.
Very healthy dog breed.
Health Problems Allergies Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Joint Dysplasia Vaginal Hyperplasia Cancer Entropion Heart Problems Hemangiosarcoma Hypothyroidism Kidney Issues Lymphosarcoma Osteosarcoma Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) No set
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 8-10 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Boerboels have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Bullmastiffs have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Dogue de Bordeauxs have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Exercise Need
Boerboels need quite a lot of exercise.
Bullmastiffs exercise need is minimal.
Dogue de Bordeauxs exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Boerboels sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Bullmastiffs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Dogue de Bordeauxs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Avg. daily food consumption 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals 3 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 6 to 8 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
High: The Bullmastiff breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Bullmastiff can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Boerboel has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Bullmastiff has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Dogue de Bordeaux has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Boerboel drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
The Bullmastiff is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
The Dogue de Bordeaux is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.

Reproducibility - Boerboel vs Bullmastiff vs Dogue de Bordeaux

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 7-10 puppies 4-13 puppies, average 8 4-6 puppies

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