The Dogue de Bordeaux is a French breed but his ancestry is unknown. Dogue is French for mastiff. He has been linked to the Bulldog, the Bullmastiff, the Tibetan Mastiff and the Dogues de Bordeaux from Aquitaine. He has been a fighter, a guardian and a hunter. He was trained to bait jaguars, bears and bulls and herd cattle as well as to protect his master’s business and home.
He first came to be noticed in the US as the drooling dog “Hooch” in the 1989 movie, “Turner and Hooch,” with Tom Hanks. He has excellent guarding instincts but isn’t aggressive. He’s affectionate and has a calm, patient temperament. His short coat is a fawn colour, ranging from a lightish fawn through to a dark red. His coat only needs minimal care and he doesn’t need much exercise, despite his size. But be prepared to handle lots of drool! His height is 23 – 27 inches and he weighs at least 100 pounds.