Country/Date of Origin: France/4th Century
The Dogue De Bordeaux can trace its ancestry back to the great mastiff dogs that came across the alps with the Roman legions. From the same stock that produced the Rottweiler, the Dogue obviously has been infused with more than a dash of Bulldog blood too.
For centuries the dogs served as guards and dispatchers of large, dangerous animals. In temperament and disposition they were meant to be aggressive and surly. This has been a stumbling block to the breed's popularity today. Some of the fierce nature has been bred out and they are enjoying a new surge in popularity.
FCI Group: 2 (Working)