History and Rareness of French Mastiff Dogs



French Mastiff


French Mastiff dogs are also known as Dogue de Bordeaux, Bordeaux Mastiffs, or Bordeaux Bulldogs. Their history goes way back to ancient times. For that reason, it is hard to identify the exact origin. Some theories claim that this dog is an indigenous French breed that evolved over thousands of years ago.
Other thesis claims that Neapolitan mastiff, Tibetan mastiff, and Greek mastiff are the ancestors of the French mastiff dogs.

The history is long with this breed.


In the first century b.c, Julius Ceaser introduced this dog’s ancestors to France. Romans used these Dogues as the war dogs and brutal combatants to battle other dogs and wild beasts in the arena.
For centuries these Bordeaux mastiffs were in two sizes- the smaller ones and the larger ones. By the late 1700s, the smaller variety, also known as the Doguin, died from the historical records. The larger dogs are the current Dogue de Bordeaux.
By the late 1700s, the Dogue outlived its utility as a fighting dog. It received new usefulness as a hunting dog, drafters, and guarders. They guarded the nobility’s vast estates. The French Revolution ended their employment when the Dogue’s masters went to prison and the guillotine.

Facing extinction

Dogue de Bordeaux Dog Breed Information and Pictures

Information and Pictures Pronunciation dohg-duu-bor-DOE Description The Dogue de Bordeaux, also called the French Mastiff and sometimes called the Bordeaux Bulldog, is a relatively short, stocky mastiff. The wrinkled head is massive, heavy and broad. Males can have a head circumference of 27-30 inches (68-75cm).


This breed survived the bloodshed and earned employment as livestock drovers. This line of work made these dogs the name ”Butcher’s Dog.”
It could be true that a cat has nine lives. But, Dogue de Bordeaux has already enjoyed three. The resurrected breed barely survived two extinctions in their history.
They lived a pampered life of the French aristocrats. But when these nobles fell out, the breed also did. They were slaughtered together with their masters, which led to near extinction. Only a few of these breeds survived.
Adolf Hitler tried to extinct them. Their loyalty and devotion to their masters seemed like a threat to his ruling. Therefore, he gave a kill order for the dogs. Again, the breed faced their death penalty. But a handful that survived, provided a base for the preservation of the kinds.

Making a come back


In the 1960s, the Dogue de Bordeaux breed was revitalized and gained popularity up to today. The Dogues belong to the AKC working group. By the end of 2019, there were approximately 2000 Dogue de Bordeaux enrolled with the AKC.
Before 1989, the breed was unknown outside France. But the release of the movie “Turner & Hooch” brought attention to this breed. The comedy showed a stubborn, drooling, but lovable French mastiff assisting a police detective, Tom Hanks.

Dogue de Bordeaux Dog Breed

The Dogue de Bordeaux is a large and powerful dog with a muscular body. Their ears are v-shaped, and their mouths have a distinctive droopy upper lip. By: PawCulture Editors The Dogue de Bordeaux, also known as the Bordeaux Mastiff, is one the most ancient dog breeds from France.

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