Dogue de Bordeaux
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The most famous member of this dog breed starred alongside Tom Hanks in the 1989 film Turner and Hooch. Loyal, confident, and territorial, the Bordeaux Dog requires a great deal of training and socialisation.
The Bordeaux Dog, also called French Mastiff and sometimes Bordeaux Bulldog, is a relatively short, stocky mastiff. The wrinkled head is massive, heavy and broad.
There are numerous theories about the origin of the Bordeaux Dog. It could be descended from the Bulldog, the Tibetan Mastiff and from the Greek and Roman Molossus, from mastiffs brought to Europe by the Alans, from the dogs of Aquitaine or from Spanish dogs from Burgos. At the end of the Middle Ages, the Dogue de Bordeaux was used as a cattle drover and personal bodyguard. Many Great Danes died during the French Revolution. After the war, the number increased again. Raymond Triquet and his French Bordeaux Dog Club saved the breed. The Bordeaux Dog is now an established breed in France and gains popularity in other countries. The breed has served as a war dog, herding guardian, watchdog, trained to catch bulls, bears and jaguars, and as a boar hunter.
The Bordeaux Dog has a good and calm temperament. He is extremely loyal, patient and devoted to his family. Fearless and confrontational with strangers, he is a first-class watchdog and protection dog. Socialises very well with other animals, preferably from an early age to prevent him from becoming aggressive towards other dogs. The Bordeaux Dog snores and drools. Despite its formidable appearance, the Bordeaux Dog is gentle with children and family members.