Dogue de Bordeaux: Hooch from the Movie: Turner and Hooch (1989)
Tom Hanks plays Scott Turner, the Police-officer, who has 3 days left in the local police department before he moves to a bigger city to get some “real” cases, not just misdemeanors. Then, a man named Amos Reed is murdered, and Turner sets himself on the case. The closest thing to a witness in the case is Amos Reed’s dog, Hooch, that Turner has to take care so that it doesn’t get “put to sleep”.The energetic Dogue de Bordeaux promptly sets about destroying Turner’s house and turning his life upside-down. Eventually Turner, with the help of Hooch, uncovers a money smuggling and laundering operation led by his Chief, and Hooch gives his life to save Turner. Dogue de Bordeaux’s are strong dogs that are loyal and devoted as well. Although they drool (ideal for a movie like this), it is of little wonder that the director chose this amazing breed for the movie!
Many of you may have seen the the sloppy star of an American film named Turner and Hooch, which had Tom Hanks in it. Well, I can tell you that not until this film came out, did this breed attain much recognition outside of France where it originated from many centuries ago (hence its other name, French Mastiff and the region it’s from, Bordeaux). The below information is a guide to help you make an informed decision if seriously contemplating owning this breed.
Who is suited to this breed?
This breed was first used guarding and believe it or not, game hunting, dog fighting and animal baiting. Today this breed is still used for guarding, but more so companionship as is extremely loyal, patient and devoted to those that are close. It does not need so much exercise (A daily walk and a bit of light play is usually sufficient as it’s a heavy breed) and not so athletic, but its messy eating manners, drooling and large size make it a difficult, but not impossible dog to keep inside a home. Ideally a small yard is better suited to it and non-extreme hot and cold weather conditions. A Dogue de Bordeaux can posses formidable traits, such as relentless strength, wariness of strangers and an inclination to intimidate unknown people. This makes it a first class watchdog and has natural instinct from a young age. It is suited to an owner that is prepared to spend plenty of quality time, and has a real enthusiasm for this large, fast learning and impressive looking breed. It is often said for good reason, that this breed is best in the hands of an experienced owner.
Male or female?
This breed can be aggressive to other dogs especially males. A dominant alpha male can be a hard nut to crack. Neutering can settle it down somewhat but may not solve all problems. The French Mastiff needs early socialization and obedience training is recommended whether male or female to alleviate future problems. This is very important! A shy or reserved Mastiff due to lack of socialization could be a big mistake. Many owners will find a female DDB cleaner (not marking its territory on every available occasion) and easier to handle with a more relaxed/submissive disposition. This would make for a possible better family choice, while the male as a courageous guardian. The male being noticeably bigger as a rule, highlights better the true DDB traits, which is a big draw card for some. Some males may even get up to 75kg (165 lbs) as big, lion-hearted and looking Carlo below!
French Mastiffs come in several shades of fawn from light to dark. They can often be described as red and rust, and the deeper, richer the color, the most desired usually. However, some people prefer light fawn, and this shade should not be overlooked if other traits are positive. Solid color is popular, but there can be white on the tips of their toes and a patch on the chest, nowhere else. Many people like this also, so it’s just a matter of personal preference of course.
Often conformation (shape) is overlooked and color and markings take preference. However, conformation is very important and here are some traits to notice when buying your puppy (Although changing fast at a young age, these early traits are likely to be carried through). Good puppies usually have plenty of facial wrinkle on a large proportioned head and some loose skin on the body. A downside to this wrinkle is that more care and cleaning is required by the owner as it can lead to problems such as skin infection. A short, furrowed muzzle on a puppy is an important factor to look for along with a dense/thick bone structure and deep chest. Being a large breed, it should take a rectangular shape, but not to be as long as a train so to speak. Many people look for large feet as an omen for big things to come. Early large size can also have a downside as too much weight on the legs and hips at this important growing stage can lead to problems such as dysplacia later (HD/ED). Seeing both parents (dam and especially sire) is beneficial as they will give good foresight to how your puppy will look fully grown. Below is a pup that illustrates many of the important characteristics to look for. As a guide, Just start at the head and then work your way over the bone structure.
People will buy this breed to show, guard, breed or just as a family pet. Regardless of purpose, it pays to get a Dogue de Bordeaux true to the breed standards and attractive. This is one breed where there is a vast difference between top and bottom shelf and there is no shortage of not so good looking dogs out there unfortunately. It is neither a cheap dog to buy (1800 USD upwards usually) nor care for. There is a tendency that the best ones come from Europe or have strong European heritage.
I hope this helps your decision? If still unsure, have questions or ready to get your dog, contact an expert at Euro Puppy and check out our Dogue de Bordeaux puppies for sale!
Have you heard of the latest TV show about dogs called the “Greatest American Dog“? Not yet?! Then look out, it will premier on Thursday, July 10 on CBC!! Since we love animals, and especially dogs so much, we are always excited to see new TV shows or movies featuring amazing dogs.
What makes this show even more exciting for us is that one of our beloved “Euro Puppy” dogs helps in promoting the show on the following poster!
The handsome red boy in the middle is Brutus – a fine example of the Dogue de Bordeaux breed. Brutus and Timmy, the Chihuahua on far left are the Jim & Jennifer Peres family’s dogs.
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There is no doubt about it. Dogs are known to have a therapeautic effect on people who are either healthy or ill. In Houston, caring individuals with their faithful friends visit hospitals, bringing a little hope and joy for those that need it most. The Dogue de Bordeaux puppy (called Ruben, aka “Darth”) can be seen on the right. He was recently sold by Euro Puppy to a customer who has been training him, while he attends classes to become a therapy dog in Houston. Ruben and some other faithful paws recently attended a photo shoot to create this calendar to raise money for the elderly as well as for children’s hospitals. Now that is something we are immensely proud of at Euro Puppy!