Also known as the French Mastiff, this massively large dog originally bred in France is a working breed. Weighing in at 80-160lbs and standing 23-30 inches tall, the Dogue is a solid built dog that is serious about his job, whatever it may be. With a life of 10-12 years this breed was made famous by the Tom Hanks movie Hooch which starred a Dogue as a junkyard guard dog turned police dog that stopped at nothing until he caught the bad guy who killed his owner. The film which was a comedy portrayed the breed fairly well, as this breed is tenacious, protective, and fiercely loyal and loving of his family and property.
The French Mastiff is large, thick and wide, with wrinkles and extra skin to add to his appeal of his mushy faced adorableness. Although the movie Hooch showed the breed as a dog that drooled gallons and gallons of saliva, which was a gross exaggeration, the breed does have large jowls, which makes drooling a reality for anyone that chooses to share their home with this gorgeous breed. The Dogue is intelligent, protective, loving, and with a bit of a stubborn streak, to add to his charm. Due to his large size and short bronchial As he is a dominant breed, the Dogue is best suited for a firm owner that will provide clear boundaries and early socialization and consistent training, to ensure a well rounded dog of good character.
The coat of this breed is short with moderate shedding that is easily cared for with consistent brushing sessions to remove any dead hairs. The folds of wrinkles and extra skin on the face and elsewhere on the body will need to be properly cleaned and cared for regularly to prevent skin infections from developing. Colors for this breed can be Red, Fawn, Brindle.
As this is a brachycephalic (short faced) breed, it is important to understand the needs of this type of breed prior to purchase to ensure that this breed suits your lifestyle and climate, and to provide proper care during hot weather or excessive activities for the health and well being of the dog.