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AKC Meet the Breeds: Dogue de Bordeaux

American Kennel Club, Inc. (c) 2011

A powerful and muscular French breed, the Dogue de Bordeaux is a molossoid (mastiff-type dog), "dogue" meaning Mastiff in French. A massive head and stocky body are trademarks of the breed. Americans became aware of the Dogue de Bordeaux when he appeared as drooling, messy "Hooch" in the 1989 Tom Hanks' film, Turner and Hooch. The breed's short, fine coat is fawn-colored, ranging from a dark red to a light fawn.

A Look Back
The Dogue de Bordeaux's history is a mystery -- different theories link him to the Bullmastiff, Bulldog, Tibetan Mastiff, and the ancient Dogues de Bordeuax of Aquitaine. In any case, the Dogue de Bordeaux has been used as a guardian, hunter and fighter. They were trained to bait bulls, bears, and jaguars, hunt boars, herd cattle, and protect the homes and businesses of their masters.

Right Breed for You?
The Dogue de Bordeaux possesses an instinct for guarding, which he does with vigilance and courage, but without aggressiveness. He is an excellent companion - affectionate and attached to his family -- with a patient, calm temperament. Their short coat is easy to care for and they require moderate daily exercise. New owners should be prepared to deal with drool!

  • Working Group; AKC recognized in 2008.
  • Ranging in size from 23 to 27 inches tall at the shoulder and at least 99 pounds.
  • Guardian; hunter.

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Comments (2)

  • Luluchick63 1 May, 2010

    My Family Loves These Dogs So Much. We Had "Mr.Beefy" But Had To Put Him Down As He Had Cancer In His Throat.And One Before This "Spikey" Had To Be Put Down Also As His Liver

  • BelleArtMom 9 Jan, 2010

    We purchased a Dogue de Bordeaux puppy a couple of weeks before Christmas and absolutely love her! She is growing quickly, so beware of the big expense of feeding these big dogs. She gained 9 pounds in 3 weeks in between vet appointments! We have four children, ages 8 to 21, and she is very loving and protective, and gets along well with our other dogs (Papillon and Tibetan Terrier).