History and Origin: An ancient breed originating in France as early as the14th century. Likely shares ancestry with the Bullmastiff, Bulldog, Tibetan and Neapolitan Mastiff as well as several other mastiff types. Often referred to as the French Mastiff. The DDB is of molosser type, that is those breeds of dogs that are massive and powerful, with large blocky heads. Considered a guard dog . Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2008.
General Appearance: Large breed, bulky, strong, sturdy and well muscled. Long tail. Drop ears. Short coat. Eyes are oval. Skull is broad and muzzle is short. The teeth meet in an undershot bite. Built rather close to the ground and is somewhat longer in body than his height at shoulders. Size: males 23 ½ -27 inches 110+ lbs Females 23-26 inches 99+ lbs. This breed does drool!!
Coat and Colour: coat is short fine and soft. Colour is mahogany to fawn to light fawn (Isabella) Richness of colour is very desirable. White is permitted only on chest throat and toes. Facial mask may be black brown or red. Skin is somewhat loose without excessive bodily wrinkling. Skull is wrinkled, more so when alert. Regular brushing and bathing will keep the continuous shedding to a minimum.
Feeding: A quality kibble softened with warm water and fed twice daily is all that is required for good maintenance.
Training and Obedience: Requires firm but fair early socialization and basic obedience training. Can be stubborn but will respond well with patience. DDB can compete in obedience trials, tracking and scent trials, carting, weight pulling and coursing. Breed easily identified in ‘Turner and Hooch’ movie.
Activity: tends to be laid back and rather likes to be inactive but still should have exercise either running in a fenced yard or going for walks.
Temperament: loyal and loving, great home companion, sweet nature with respectful children and other pets. Calm and quiet in the house and happiest within the family unit. Watchful protector and will guard bark if sensing any danger.