Dogue de Bordeaux


Although the history of the Dogue de Bordeaux is steeped in mystery, it is generally agreed that the ancient breed shares its ancestry with Molossers such as Mastiffs and Bulldogs. The Dogue de Bordeaux was a prized hunter, fighter, and guardian, found in homes of wealthy French. The breed suffered setbacks during the French Revolution and World War II, but rebounded and realized its fame in the U.S. after one of its kind co-starred in the 1989 film Turner and Hooch.


Giant; females 23 to 26 inches, from 99 pounds; males 231/2 to 27 inches, from 110 pounds.


Shades of fawn to mahogany.


Gifted and courageous guardian, but not aggressive; loyal and affectionate. Can coexist with older children with supervision.

Energy level:


Best owner:

Confident, active owner able to handle the breed’s size and strength.


Extensive socialization, daily exercise, patient and positive obedience training.

Life expectancy:

10 to 12 years.