The Dogue de Bordeaux, or French Mastiff originated in France and was trained in ancient times to attack bulls, bears and other dogs. Near the end of the middle ages the Dogue became a cattle driver and personal bodyguard. During the French Revolution many dogs were killed when trying to defend the noble master's estate. Now the Dogue de Bordeaux is thoroughly established in France and quickly gaining popularity in other countries.

Today it is a companion and guard dog. Breeders have softened the temperament of this dog considerably from its original ferocity. Although intimating in appearance, this dog has a calm temperament. It is extremely loyal, patient and devoted to its family and is affectionate and gentle with children but can be aggressive with unfamiliar dogs. However this is a powerful animal and is not suitable for an inexperienced dog owner.

The Dogue de Bordeaux boasts a very deep, intimidating bark. It guards its property with vigilance and great courage but usually without aggression.

Early socialization and obedience classes will help to control any tendencies toward dominance or aggression and can make it possible for this breed to live with other animals, including cats. Some Dogues are heavy droolers and snore.

The soft coat comes in shades of fawn to mahogany with black or red mask. White markings are allowed on the tips of the toes and on the chest, but white on any other part of the body is a fault. Very little grooming is needed.

The Dogue de Bordeaux need lots of exercise but will do okay in an apartment or small yard as long as it is sufficiently exercised. They are very inactive indoors.


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