Rottie Bordeaux

83-135 lbs
United States
Dogue de Bordeaux

If you’re not that keen on a dog that grunts, snorts and drools then this breed may not be for you. The Rottie Bordeaux is large dog and is a mix between a purebred Dogue de Bordeaux and a purebred Rottweiler. Despite their somewhat intimidating looks, they are affectionate family pets who very loyal and protective. They are however not recommended for first time dog owners but rather someone with experience. Early training and socialization is essential for this breed as they can become aggressive with other dogs and strangers. They are confident, self assured dogs who get on well with children but younger children will need monitoring as the Rottie Bordeaux doesn’t always realize how big he is and could knock them over. This breed is a natural guard dog but should live inside. They will need a firm, confident trainer but are intelligent and will be responsive to positive reinforcement. The Rotie Bordeaux sheds moderately so will require regular brushing. Common colors include black, tan, mahogany, and they can have white markings. The coat is short and straight.

Date of Origin
Dogue de Bordeaux, Rottweiler

Rottie Bordeaux Health

Average Size
Male Rottie Bordeaux size stats
Height: 24-27 inches Weight: 85-140 lbs
Female Rottie Bordeaux size stats
Height: 22-25 inches Weight: 83-135 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Aortic Stenosis
Minor Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Bloat
  • Ichthyosis
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Heart Analysis
  • Skin Scrape
  • Hip and Elbow X-rays

Rottie Bordeaux Breed History

Not much is known about the Rottie Bordeaux which is a combination of a Dogue de Bordeaux and a Rottweiler. Rottweilers are descended from Mastiff-type dogs and date back to the Roman Empire. They accompanied the Roman army around A.D. 74 across the Alps and into southern Germany. One of the towns in this area was later called das Rote Wil (the red tile) after the red-tiled villas built by the Romans. Rottweilers were used for driving cattle to town for butchering and pulling carts loaded with meat. Not much is known about the breed until 1901 when the first breed standard was written. The dogs came to the U.S. in the late 1920s. The Rottweiler was officially recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1931 while the breed was exhibited in Britain at Crufts five years later. Rottweilers are widely used as police dogs and in search and rescue. With his large muscular body and wrinkled face, the Dogue de Bordeaux is a member of the Mastiff family and originated in France’s Bordeaux region around 600 years ago. They were used for pulling carts and guarding flocks and are known for drooling and snoring. The breed is thought to predate the Bullmastiff and the Bulldog. There have been different types including the Toulouse, the Paris and the Bordeaux type. The number of dogs dwindled during both World Wars with many being killed. The breed was first exhibited in France in 1863 and they were officially recognised by the Kennel Club UK in 1997 and the American Kennel Club in 2008. The movie Turner & Hooch in 1989 was the first time many people were introduced to the breed. A Dogue de Bordeaux named Beasley played Tom Hanks’ drooling companion in the movie. Beasley died in 1992 aged 14.

Rottie Bordeaux Breed Appearance

The Rottie Bordeaux is a mix between a purebred Dogue de Bordeaux and a purebred Rottweiler. They are massive, imposing dogs with muscular bodies and large heads. Common colors are black, black, tan, mahogany, and they can have white markings. The coat is short and straight and can be quite soft. Your dog may have deep wrinkles on the face from the Dogue de Bordeaux parent breed. The eyes are likely to be almond-shaped and dark brown. The muzzles are likely to be short and the ears hang down onto the face. These dogs may have a black or brown mask on their face.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Rottie Bordeaux eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Rottie Bordeaux nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Rottie Bordeaux coat
fawn Rottie Bordeaux coat
white Rottie Bordeaux coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Rottie Bordeaux straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Rottie Bordeaux Breed Maintenance

With its short, straight coat, a Rottie Bordeaux is quite low maintenance when it comes to grooming. A weekly brush should be more than enough to remove any loose hair and keep the coat shiny and healthy. If your dog has wrinkles on the face then make sure these are cleaned well to prevent any skin problems. The skin between the wrinkles should always be kept dry. The Rottie Bordeaux is a drooler and does need to be bathed from time to time as they can have quite a strong doggy odor. Make sure you use a recommended veterinary shampoo and dry your pet thoroughly afterwards. Check their ears for any dirt and wipe clean when necessary. Brushing the teeth is a good idea to keep bad breath in check. And if your dog doesn’t wear his nails down naturally, then clip them when necessary.

Brushes for Rottie Bordeaux
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Rottie Bordeaux requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Rottie Bordeaux Temperament

The Rottie Bordeaux is a large, powerful dog who will need a committed owner to dedicate time to him. Early socialization and training is vital for this breed to prevent any bad habits from forming. They will need a confident handler who is firm but never harsh and will respond well to positive reinforcement. If this is done early, the Rottie Bordeaux will make an affectionate, playful and extremely loyal pet. They are good with children but must be supervised with younger children who must also be taught how to interact with dogs. The Rottie Bordeaux may be a bit wary of strangers at first but will be friendly once they get to know the person. These dogs can be aggressive with other dogs, especially those of the same sex, so again socialization will be key if you have other pets. They are energetic dogs but also homebodies. Despite their size and reputation as a fierce guard dog, your pet will be more than happy to spend time cuddling with you on the couch and they should never be confined to an outside area.

Rottie Bordeaux Activity Requirements

Although large and energetic dogs, a Rottie Bordeaux will only need a moderate amount of exercise. These dogs will enjoy a long walk or shorter walks twice a day and will enjoy chasing balls or a stick. Make sure you have your pet under control when you are out in public as these dogs can become aggressive with other dogs. They can also become very destructive if not exercised sufficiently. These dogs are not suitable for those living in an apartment. They will need a fenced in yard to run around in and burn off any excess energy but don’t leave them alone for too long. These dogs need to be close to their families to be content and well-behaved. They can be quite sensitive to the cold and heat, so don’t exercise them in the middle of the day in summer and make sure they are inside in winter.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Rottie Bordeaux Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
4 cups
Daily Cost
$2.75 - $3.00
Monthly Cost
$80.00 - $90.00

Rottie Bordeaux Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Rottie Bordeaux size stats at six months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 56 lbs
Female Rottie Bordeaux size stats at six months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 54 lbs
12 Months
Male Rottie Bordeaux size stats at 12 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 84 lbs
Female Rottie Bordeaux size stats at 12 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 81 lbs
18 Months
Male Rottie Bordeaux size stats at 18 months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 112 lbs
Female Rottie Bordeaux size stats at 18 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 109 lbs

Rottie Bordeaux Owner Experiences

5 Months
6 People
He’s very loveable and lively. He sleeps a lot. Loves to play and will retreve well. Still a bit nippy when over excited. Sounds mean when he plays and growls but his bark is worse than his bite.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
2 Years
3 People
House & Yard
dog park
When we first got her, she was extremely sweet but also puppy like. She was 4 months old. We tried taking her to obedience class but no luck. We decided to train her our way, classic treats and basic commands. She is stubborn and chooses to listen to us when she feels like it, but I think that's just her personality. She's very food driven, so that definitely helps. But overall she's a love-bug. She snores, farts, drools and everything in between, but I couldn't ask for a better dog.
4 months ago
Princess Belle
6 Months
6 People
House & Yard
Playing tug of war,
Walks on the beach
Watching tv
She is super loving, loves to sleep on or with us, but with crate training is happy to sleep in her bed. She likes to play with other dogs. She is generally good at staying in the property- a simple gate is enough for her and she doesn't try to get out. She has been fairly easy to train with toileting, nipping, and being careful of the younger kids although still occasionally gets over excited. Loves going for walks but loves car rides more. Can be fussy with food. Good with cats.
5 months, 1 week ago
3 Years
3 People
Marley is very aggressive towards strangers and if there is aggression in the home, he retaliates. He is too protective over me (I am female). He loves cuddles but has to be centre of attention, he gets on well with my other 2 dogs, one make and one female ( different breeds )
5 months, 3 weeks ago
22 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Playing in the snow
Tricks for treats
Leo is intelligent, can be stubborn, very strong, and is a big baby. He loves to play and be wherever we are. We love him!!
6 months, 2 weeks ago
8 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Catch treats
Road trip
Extremely smart, likes to watch TV sometimes & has a very goofy personality. We absolutely love & adore him!
8 months ago
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