The Dogue de Bordeaux is one of the most ancient French breeds, probably a descendant of the Alans and, in particular, the alan vautre of which Gaston Phebus, Count of Foix, said in the 14th Century, in his Livre de Chasse that "he holds his bite stronger than three sight hounds". The word "Dogue" first appeared at the end of the 14th century. In the middle of the 19th century these ancient Dogues were hardly renowned outside the region of Aquitaine. They were used for hunting large animals such as boar, for fighting (often codified), for the guarding of houses and cattle and in the service of butchers. In 1863 the first French dog show took place in Paris in the Jardin d’Acclimation. The Dogue de Bordeaux were entered under their present name. This breed, which had suffered greatly during the two world wars, to the point of being threatened with extinction after the Second World War, got off to a fresh start in the 1960's
- 1st Standard (Caractere des vrais dogues) In Pierre MEGNIN, Le Dogue de Bordeaux, 1896
- 2nd Standard in J. KUNSTLER etude critique du Dogue de Bordeaux, 1910
- 3rd Standard by Raymond TRIQUET, with the collaboration of Vet, Dr. Maurice LUQUET, 1971
- 4th Standard reformulated according to Jerusalem model (F.C.I.) by Raymond TRIQUET, with collaboration of Phillipe SEROUIL, President of The French Dogue de Bordeaux Club and its committee, 1993 In recent times, one cannot ignore the effect the film "Turner & Hooch" in the late 1980's had, not only in this country but worldwide. Even before the Dogue de Bordeaux was recognised in this country many had been imported and breeding programmes started. The Dogue de Bordeaux was recognised by the Kennel Club in November 1997. The popularity of the Dogue De Bordeaux is now recognised in many countries throughout the world. Behaviour and Temperament An ancient fighting dog, the Dogue de Bordeaux is gifted for guarding, which he assumes with vigilance and great courage but without aggressiveness. A good companion very attached to his master and very affectionate. Calm, balanced with a high stimulus threshold. The male normally has a dominant character.

Rob with the influential 'Professor Raymond Triquet'