I met this gorgeous Dogue de Bordeaux some time ago at a dog show and new straight away that I would paint his portrait which I have finally managed to do. Actually, I ainted him a while ago now, but I’m still playing catch up with my blog! The Dogue de Bordeaux is still a rare breed, but most people will remember Tom Hanks’ co-star in the 1989 comedy “Turner & Hooch” and camera chomping dog in the Olympus Digital Camera advertising campaign.
Dogue de Bordeaux are believed to have originated in France over 600 years ago and are also known as the French Mastiff, Bordeaux dog, Bulldogue Francais, or simply DDB. They were originally bred to hunt, guard and fight and these imposing, fearless dogs were popular protectors of the noble and wealthy. Today, Dogue de Bordeaux are prized family companions for their loyal, devoted, playful and affectionate nature and sweet, balanced temperament and courage as a guard dog.
More information about this lovely breed can be obtained from the newly formed Dogue de Bordeaux Club of Australia.
Stormy Dogue – Dogue de Bordeaux painting by Michelle Wrighton
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