~History of the French Bordeaux~


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~The French Bordeaux~

Other names:  French Mastiff, Bordeauxdog, Dogue de Bordeaux

Country of Origin: France

Weight: Male about 150lbs(68kg)+,   Female about 125lbs(57kg)+

Height: Male 23.5-27in(60-68cm)+,   Female 23-26in(58-66cm)+

Coat: Fine, short, and soft to the touch

Color: All shades of fawn, from a dark red fawn to a light fawn.  A rich coat is considered

            desirable. Limited white patches are permissible on the chest and extremities of 

               the limbs.



The French Bordeaux was known in France as early as the fourteenth century, particularly in southern France in the region around Bordeaux.  Hence the city lent it's name to the large dogs.

A uniform breed type of the Bordeaux dog did not exist until about 1920.  The French placed emphasis on keeping the old breeding line pure.  As an important indication of purity of the breed, attention was payed to the self colored(pink) nose, lighter color eye(dark amber)  and red mask.

The history of the breed is believed to predate the Bullmastiff and the Bulldog.  Although the French Bordeaux first came to the USA in the 1890s for the show ring, the first documented French Bordeaux of modern times was in 1959, Fidele de Fenelon.   Between 1969 and 1980 imported French Bordeaux in the USA were scarce, limited to a few breeders who worked closely to the French Dogue de Bordeaux Club, the SADB.  The breed was first "officially introduced to American purebred enthusiasts in the article written in 1982 and by the American anthropologist, Dr. Carl Semencic for "Dog World Magazine".  When Semencic's article was first published there were no Bordeaux Dogues in the  United States.  There were 600 examples left in the world, mostly in France, Holland and East Berlin, and the breed's number were on decline.  Much later, in 1989 the typical American family saw the breed for the first time on the big screen in Touchstone's movie Turner and Hooch, bout a police man and his canine partner.

Since then the French Bordeaux has taken hold in the United States and can be found in greatly increasing numbers across the country.  The French Bordeaux has been supported by multiple breed clubs throughout the years, and has finally found its way to full ACK (American Kennel Club), recognition through the assistance of the Dogue de Bordeaux Society of America.  Since 1997 the DDBSA has helped bring the breed to the point of which full AKC recognition could be achieved.  Full ACK recognition was granted in July 2008.