The season premiere of the Disney + series ‘Turner & Hooch’ is just around the corner and it will no doubt be one of those shows that will bring a lot of nostalgia to a lot of people. The Legacy sequel is based on a 1989 film of the same name. Tom Hanks starred in the film as Scott Turner Sr., who inherits a dog named Hooch while investigating a murder case.
Hooch is the complete opposite of Scott and has a destructive nature. However, Hooch later helps him identify the killer of Amos, one of Turner’s friends, and the two form a strong bond. The film received mixed to positive reviews, but Hooch became an instant star. He became one of the most revered dogs in the United States and received many offers.
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Hooch will also return for the upcoming Disney + series and will be played by five different dogs. So what is the breed of these dogs and what is their story? Let’s dig a little deeper and learn more about the Dogue de Bordeaux.
Josh Peck as Scott Turner Jr. in “Turner & Hooch” (Disney +)
Dogue de Bordeaux is a French mastiff breed
Known by many names, the Dogue de Bordeaux is a large French mastiff breed that was particularly well known in France as early as the 14th century. One of the earlier breeds of the Dogue de Bordeaux was seen in Bordeaux, a port city in southwestern France. The breed was first exhibited in France in 1863 and enjoyed great popularity across the country. Slowly and steadily, the breed gained prominence in other parts of the world and the first Dogue de Bordeaux in Great Britain was seen in the Kennel Club Gazette in 1897.
The history of each breed shows that there were two varieties, Dogurs and Doguine. Doguins were bigger than Doguins and are still here, while the smaller Doguin is now extinct.
The Dogue de Bordeaux is also believed to originate from the Tibetan Mastiff and it is also said that the Dogue is related to the Greek Molossus, which is used for war. However, they are just theories that keep circulating.
The first documented French mastiffs of modern times appeared in the USA in 1959 and were given the name Fidelle de Fenelon. Until the 1980s, imports of Mastiff Bordeaux were scarce and only a limited number of breeders had them. The breed was first mentioned in an article by American anthropologist Dr. Carl Semencic officially introduced to American households for Dog World magazine.
There are no known photos of Fidelle, but there are pictures of her father Xohor de Fenelon (Modern Molosser).
The breed became really famous in the United States after appearing in the 1989 Disney film ‘Turner & Hooch’. Since then, the Dogue de Bordeaux has become one of the most popular breeds in the United States and has been found in rapidly increasing numbers across the country.
As for his looks and personality, Dogue de Bordeaux is known for his fearless temperament and powerful body. A massive head with the right proportions and features is an important characteristic of the breed. In addition, the average weight of the breed is 45 kg for a bitch and 50 kg for a male dog.
A Dogue de Bordeaux gets a drink of water while on the sidelines in the work category on the final night of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in Madison Square Garden, February 14, 2017, in New York City. 2874 dogs are enrolled in this exhibit, for a total of 2908 in 200 different breeds or varieties, including 23 obedience entries (Photo by Drew Angerer / Getty Images)
Meanwhile, the height should be between 61 to 69 cm (24 to 27 inches) for males and 23 to 26 inches (58 to 66 cm) for bitches. The Dogue de Bordeaux is said to have the largest head in the canine world in relation to the rest of the body. The skin on the neck is loose and the nose color in dogs with a red mask should be brown, in dogs with a black mask it must be black.
According to data collected by the Dogue De Bordeaux Society of America, the breed’s average lifespan is five to six years. However, the acting dog in ‘Turner & Hooch’ broke all records and lived for 14 years. The society continues to actively register dogs that are seven years of age or older.
The Dogue de Bourdeaux ‘Gertie’ competes during the judging panel for the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden on February 12, 2019 in New York City (Photo by Sarah Stier / Getty Images)
Dogue de Bordeaux is known as a devoted and loving family dog and has a reputation for being too cute. However, they can be very stubborn and arrogant. The breed is very strong and athletic and can participate in various sports activities. In 2020, Obi, a Mastiff, won the Best in Breed competition at the prestigious Westminster Dog Show.
The breed adapts to different situations and is suitable for someone who lives in an apartment. They are highly sensitive and some dogs could take each other seriously. If you have young children at home or have a lot of parties, it is advisable to walk with a sensitive dog. Above all, they need constant care and cannot stand being alone. They are very closely related to family and could panic if left alone.
The Dogue de Bordeaux is all about affection and showering the whole family with love. They are very child-friendly and always playful. With strangers, however, they are polar opposites. It all depends on the owner of the dog, if he socializes with people and the dog is also introduced to a lot of people, he will respond better to strangers.
Jennifer Lomas with Isla, a Mastiff on the final day of the Crufts Dog Show on March 10, 2013 in Birmingham, England. During this year’s four-day competition, over 22,000 dogs and their owners will compete for a variety of awards, but will ultimately compete for the coveted “Best In Show” (Photo by Rosie Hallam / Getty Images)
The breed is very easy to care for and very intelligent. However, they do need daily exercise. Some breeds may be happy with an evening walk, but others require daily vigorous exercise, especially those originally bred for physically demanding tasks such as herding or hunting.
Turner & Hooch will be streamed exclusively on Disney + on Friday, July 16.
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