The Dogue de Bordeaux, originally from France, is believed to have come from the ancient dog called the Molossus or Molosser. This is a giant breed used in the Middle Ages for hunting, fighting, and guarding property and livestock. Some of the other giant breeds that came from the Molossus include the Tibetan Mastiff, Great Pyrenees, Newfoundland, and the St. Bernard. The actual history of the Dogue de Bordeaux is a mystery since there are several stories about their past. The most common theory is that they came from the Tibetan Mastiff but others believe the Dogue de Bordeaux dates back to when the English Kings ruled Aquitaine, which was between the years 1203 and 1453. There are indications that this breed contributed to the development of Bulldogs and Bullmastiffs. In the 1800s, the Dogue de Bordeaux were used to bait and train jaguars and bulls, protect homes, and hunt large game. The breed is well known for its large head and jaw and it is believed that they were used in the development of many breeds with large heads such as the Argentine Dogo and the Tosa. The Dogue de Bordeaux became popular after the 1989 movie “Turner and Hooch” with Tom Hanks. Hooch was a Dogue de Bordeaux that became the star of the show. However, the breed was not officially recognized by the American Kennel Club until 2008 where they are the 63rd favorite dog breed. The Poodle originated in Germany in ancient times by mixing the French, German, Spanish, Hungarian, Portuguese, and Russian Water Dogs. They are thought to have existed before the first century B.C. because drawings and statues were found of them in Egyptian tombs and Roman artifacts. They were mostly used for duck hunting at first and then became popular as a family pet, in dog shows, and for circus dogs. The AKC officially recognized the breed in 1887 and they are the 7th most popular breed in America.