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Dog Breed Info and Care

Updated on July 5, 2012

French Mastiff



The French Mastiff, my favorite breed also known as the Dogue de Bordeaux hails from the Bordeaux region of France. This breed of Mastiff is powerful, short and stocky with broad shoulders. French Mastiffs are much shorter than their Mastiff cousins typically not standing taller than 30 in. The coat is always short and red in color.


The breed is thought to date back to the ancient Greeks and Roman and in more recent time was used around France as a war dog, guard dog and to hunt boar.


Since those days the breed’s temperament has been softened and can now be seen as a calm, loyal, patient companion, and good guard dog. This breed should be well socialized as a pup to ensure they are not too aggressive with other animals or visitors. I have found that my Dogue is very patient and loyal. She constantly is aware of what I am doing and listens to instructions quite well. Many accounts say this breed does not do well with cats but my Dogue is fine with cats she if familiar with.


The looks of the French Mastiff will make and potential intruded think twice. My Dogue will typically take an aggressive stance with people she does not recognize but very happily greets friends of the family and neighborhood.


The French Mastiff does have some bad habits. They typically snore and always drool. Be sure to keep a towel near by when the Dogue is drinking.


With the proper training and care, French Mastiffs make great pets for the experienced dog owner.


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      Nettlemere 5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      Not a breed you'd want to come across as a burglar, but I agree they can be really soft. I walk one at my local dog rescue centre and he's really soppy and affectionate.

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      pawade0484 5 years ago

      Yes, they are softies and verrrry sloppy

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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      Oh but so gorgeous. You have a beautiful dog.

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