This French breed offers a generous helping of looks and character, from their massive head and body and their abundant, heart melting wrinkles to their courageous yet gentle personalities. Their origins are mysterious and there are numerous theories regarding their lineage; the Bullmastiff, Tibetan Mastiff, Bulldog, and Dogue de Bordeaux of Aquitaine have all been proposed as ancestors. Regardless of these uncertainties, we know that they have been used as hunters, guardians, fighters, and even herders throughout their rich history. As household companions they are protective of their home and family but not aggressive. They are appreciated for their patient, affectionate personalities and their calm approach to life. Their short coat is easy to care for and their exercise needs are moderate. They are very generous with their drool.