If you have ever watched the movie Turner and Hooch, Hooch is a Dogue de Bordeaux. Andy Van Der Meyde owns Beasley, as he was named in the movie. In 2006, Mac (his real name) was stolen and later returned to his owner
Another movie in which the Dogue de Bordeaux played a small part with a Doberman Pinscher is "Eyes of an Angel".
Recognized By The AKC
The Dogue de Bordeaux is also known as a French Mastiff and has been sometimes called a Bordeaux Bulldog. In 1969, Phillip Todd MD who resided in Detroit, Michigan bought the first Dogue de Bordeaux. Twenty some years later, the breed became more commonly known in the United States and was granted permission to participate in dog shows in the miscellaneous category for AKC dog shows. The Dogue de Bordeaux who is showing and has their tongue hanging out all the time with the mouth closed will be disqualified from competition. The Dogue with a twisted or a knotted tail is also unable to show.
Almost Eliminated As A Breed
There are two times in history when the Dogue de Bordeaux was nearly placed in the endangered files, once during the WWII when the dogs were put down because they had a loyalty to their owners and another time was during the French Revolution when the French wealthy owners were killed and the dogs along with them. The breed was then rebuilt and the new standard of the breed was created
The life expectancy of the Dogue de Bordeaux is between ten to twelve years. The price for the Dogue de Bordeaux puppy is anywhere from $1,200 to $1,500. If they live to be twelve years old, you could easily go through 21,040 pounds of dog food.
Did You Know About Puppy Care?
Dogue de Bordeaux puppies need limited exercise until their bones strengthen, usually around twelve months of age. Jumping up and down from furniture should also be avoided. Stair climbing should be minimal. Their heavy bodies put a strain on their legs and the result could be hip dysplasia. Puppies should not be over fed; they need to maintain the proper weight until their leg muscles develop fully.
The Dogue de Bordeaux Met A Skunk
The best way to remove the smell of skunk spray from your Dogue de Bordeaux is with hydrogen peroxide, about one quart of three percent, baking soda, about one-fourth of a cup will do and liquid soap, about a teaspoon. Wet your Dogue and latter up with the mixture and let sit for up to four minutes and rinse. This should make the Dogue smell like a dog again.
The Dogue de Bordeaux although rare, is making its mark in the dog circle. With two dogs and two movies, you should see more of these dogs in the movies sooner than you think. There are many breeders throughout the United States, which should ensure the breed never disappears as it almost did before.