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With a serious expression, muscular build, and massive head, the Dogue de Bordeaux is an impressive breed. But the DDB also makes a loving and devoted companion. Here’s what to know about this breed.

1. The DDB Is a Devoted Companion

This dog makes an excellent companion, deeply devoted to their owners. They’re calm, affectionate, docile, and steady. They also have a protective instinct and guard their family with courage.

Dogue de Bordeaux standing in a field in the sunshine. via Getty Images

2. They Can Also Be Stubborn

Along with that calm temperament comes stubbornness and self-confidence. Socialization, patience, and positive-reinforcement training are very helpful.

It’s recommended that you start working with your dog early. After all, it’s easier to train a puppy than a grown DDB who may be bigger (and certainly stronger) than you are.

3. They Drool

No, they really, really drool! Anyone who lives with a Dogue de Bordeaux quickly becomes familiar with strings of drool covering furniture, floors, and walls. But to know them is to love them, drool and all.

4. Dogues de Bordeaux Aren’t Small

According to the AKC breed standard, male dogs should measure 23-1/2 to 27 inches at the withers and weigh at least 110 pounds, while female dogs should measure 23 to 26 inches at the withers and weigh at least 99 pounds.

Best of Breed: GCHS CH Excaliburs Calm Before The Storm CGC, Dogue de Bordeaux; Working Group judging at the 2016 AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin in Orlando, FL.
David Woo ©American Kennel Club

5. DDBs Have Starred in Film and TV

A DDB starred alongside Tom Hanks in the 1989 comedy “Turner & Hooch.” In the 2021 Disney+ series of the same name, five Dogues de Bordeaux (Arnie, Hammer, Obi, Cyd, and Mya) took on starring roles of their own.

6. A French Teacher Helped Resurrect the Breed

In the 20th century, a French teacher named Raymond Triquet fell in love with the Dogue de Bordeaux. He noticed the dog’s resemblance to a lion and decided to help revive the rare breed. Among the dogs he bred was the influential Mowgli de la Maison des Arbres. He also helped define the breed standard.

Mastiff puppy drink water from metal bowl on green summer grass.
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7. The AKC Recognized the Breed in 2008

The Dogue de Bordeaux received AKC recognition in 2008. This member of the Working Group became the 158th breed to join those ranks.

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