Dogue skeletons dating to prehistoric times have been unearthed in France.
Dogue de Bordeaux was bred as a guardian for protecting homes, butcher
shops and vineyards, as well as a pack hunting dog that baited bulls and
pursued boars, bears and jaguars. The Dogue was valued most as a protector
of the home and many of the French nobilty kept a Dogue for this purpose.
Most North Americans got their first look at a Dogue de Bordeaux when Tom
Hanks starred in the hit movie "Turner and Hooch".
The Dogue is a very powerful and
muscular dog, stocky, athletic, and imposing. He stands up to 27 inches at the shoulder and weighs 120 lbs or more.
His short smooth coat requires minimal grooming and comes in all shades of
fawn to mahogany. He may have a black or brown mask or no mask.
As you might expect from a dog bred for
bull-baiting and bear hunting, he is a naturally dominant and aggressive
dog. The Dogue may not be the best choice for the inexperienced or
first-time dog owner. As well as being an
excellent guard dog, he will bond to his family and is very patient with
children. He is affectionate, calm, and balanced. An intelligent dog,
the Dogue is a fast learner and does well with obedience training.
of this size and temperament should be socialized from an early age. This
dog will live inside or outside. However, the closer he is to his people,
the happier he will be.