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.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.