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    Dogue De Bordeaux |France|

    Dogue De Bordeaux |France|

    Also known as the French Mastiff, these are extremely powerful dogs whose heritage includes English Mastiff, Bulldog, and Bullmastiff. Historically these brave dogs were used in war and were valued for their ferocity in fighting conditions. They have also been used for dog fighting, for animal baiting, and as livestock guardians, the latter being a role they still perform in some areas. In addition, the Dogue de Bordeaux makes an excellent big-game hunter. Despite their violent history, these dogs are gentle and protective with their families. They can make good companion dogs but are not always the easiest to train!

    History

    Unusually, the Dogue was greatly valued in France across all social classes. This association helped save the breed from disappearing, particularly during the French Revolution (1789–99) when many of the aristocracy’s dogs were slaughtered. The breed suffered during both world wars when it was drafted into active service, often used for hauling carts and stretchers. The French Resistance used the dogs for protection— they were so good at protecting the French that Hitler ordered their destruction in the hundreds. Today the Dogue makes a lovely companion and guardian.

    Dogues will continue to grow and mature until they are at least two years old.

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    From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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