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Breed Spotlight on Dogue de Bordeaux, the Newest Breed Entered Into the 2009 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Breed Spotlight: Dogue de Bordeaux

So big, wrinkled, and smooshy to boot, say hello to newest breed to be entered in the Westminster Dog Show. Although originally classified into three varieties, the Parisian, the Toulouse and the Bordeaux depending on the region of France and the jobs they were required to do, today this breed's known simply as the Dogue de Bordeaux (or even more simply as the French Mastiff).

The fawn colored working dogs weigh in over 100 pounds and serve as good guard dogs as well as attached and affectionate companions to a master. Now I was fairly certain I had never seen one of these pups before until I did a bit more research. Now, I'm positive that I'm not the only one who has spotted this breed in a classic film. Find out which – and see more pictures of this breed – when you

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One of our favorite animal movies, Turner and Hooch featured a loveably slobbering Dogue de Bordeaux named Hooch. Aww, I remember him being nearly as adoro as "Darco" is here so I'll be tuning in tomorrow night to watch this breed compete in the Working group for the first time ever at MSG.


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kmak02 kmak02 8 years
I've had 3 French Mastiffs over the past 8 years. They are wonderful dogs and they're extremly loving. However, they do have health problems and don't live that long. Our oldest only lived to be 8 years old. Be prepared to spend a lot of money on vet bills but they are worth it.
misslilad misslilad 8 years
my parents have one as well as two english mastiffs. she is definitely the funniest one of the bunch as well as being a big old love muffin. be prepared to keep a drool rag handy though.
GKitty GKitty 8 years
This breed was allowed to die off due to it's fighting nature...I guess all things come back with a little time.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
omg i want one! we want to get another dog as soon as the dog we are currently taking care of goes back to her dad. this might be the breed of choice for Rosies new friend!
melizzle melizzle 8 years
How adorable!
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