Dogue de Bordeaux
(Bordeaux Dogue, Bordeaux Dog,
French Mastiff, Bordeaux Bulldog)
Appearance, temperament and characteristics of the Dogue de Bordeaux
The Dogue de Bordeaux, also known as French Mastiff, Bordeaux Mastiff or Bordeaux bulldog, is a strongly athletic molosser similar to the Bullmastiff in size and type but with a fawn-colored coat and red or black mask. This impressive dog, characterised as the dog with the biggest head among all dog races, passed through several phases in its long history (read more about the Dogue de Bordeaux history). It began as a ruthless fighter, but was also used as a war dog, a hunting dog and a guard dog.
The athletic and powerful body looks "as though it has been borrowed from a lion" (to cite Desmond Morris) and contrasts with its blunt, broad, wrinkled head.
The Dogue de Bordeaux is a perfect example of an acromegalic breed, with excessive growth in skin as well as the bones of the extremities (the head, hands and feet).
The body is well balanced and muscular with a strong neck and powerful, deep and broad chest.
Accepted colors are: fawn, mahogany, golden or black speckled with a black or red mask.
Despite the dogs' menacing appearance, they are sweet with children and smaller or weaker living beings.
Like the english bulldog, these dogs are undoubtedly very photogenic and one dogue de Bordeaux achieved international fame as Tom Hanks's in the 1989 film Turner and Hooch. The star appeal emanating from this unruly, slobbering French giant with its massive, heavily wrinkled face, who impressid with its intelligence and cooperative nature attracted a great deal of attention to a breed that was unknown in many countries.
Dogue de Bordeaux photo
The Dogue de Bordeaux is very conscious of its own strength and therefore does not show reactions due to fear or irritability. A fundamental trait of this breed is its temperament: a Dogue de Bordeaux should never show signs of nervousness or aggressivity. An exaggerated flegmatic behavior, or fear are considered serious faults, as well.
The Bordeaux dog is an uncomparable guardian and personal protection dog capable of dissuading any intruder. However, he will react only if he feels his master, his home or the persons he has under his protection are really being threatened.
Front view of Dogue de Bordeaux
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