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Brief History Of The Dogue De Bordeaux (French Mastiff)

Jan 1, 2008
Like so many canine breeds, the Dogue de Bordeaux's is rather vague. There are numerous theories spouted by breeding experts. Most believe the Dogue's existence came years before the Bull mastiff and Bulldog. Others believe all three breeds were being created at the same time. It is often believed that the Bulldog is he anchor (main breed) behind the Dogue de Bordeaux also known as the French Mastiff. All theories seem valid and any could be right, but some scholars believe the Dogue originates from the Tibetan Mastiff and that it is a relative of the Greco Roman molossoids used for war. There is also a possibility in this theory in that during Julius Caesar's reign, there was a breed in Rome almost identical to the Dogue. There is the "ancient France" theory, that this was their real origin, and this breed was known as the Dogue de Bordeaux of Aquitaine. Whichever is true, most canine historians do agree upon the fact that the Dogue de Bordeaux shared the same common links as all modern Molossers.

In its early days, the Dogue was placed into three varieties, the Parisian, the Tolouse and the Bordeaux. The breed labels were placed due to geographic location and job description (yes Dogues are working dogs). The Dogue had various coat hues at the time such as brindle and a majority of white markings that ran completely up the legs from the feet.

The origin of today's Dogue de Bordeaux is from Paris, France, where, at the Jardin d'Acclimatation, a bitch named "Magentas" came in first. So this breed was named after that region of France "Bordeaux".

So what does the Dogue have to do with my cartooning and e-tailing? When I founded Londons Times Cartoons in 1997, I was doing a good bit of volunteer work with the SPCA, being an animal person, and enjoying it. The dogs and cats gave me energy and creativity and it made me want to create animal-related cartoons with a percentage to benefit various animal causes. I knew it would be many years before that happened; I did not knnow how many, only that if I worked relentlessly on this project, their would be fruits to my labor, and hopefully pet-care education. Before creating a cartoon regarding a dog or cat, I would fully-research that particular breed, so that I would know, or at least have a clue how that animal would react in the cartoon situations in wich I placed it. To me, the Dogue de Bordeaux was and is one of the most fasicnating and certainly tailor-made for cartooning, with a face only a mother could love.

Please let me say one thing about launching a cartoon and a dream at age 44. It's not a piece of cake. After working two decades in corporate America chasing "the American Dream, I decided the time was now or never to live this dream which I'd stuffed behind me in my youth, but it must have been of importance. It lay dormant there in my psyche until I dugg it up and dusted it off. In ten short years, our main cartoon site Londons Times boasts 8500+ original images and nearly 8.9 million visitors since January of 2005, when we started counting. Suddenly my animal cartoon merchandise (and other items) were selling and I was writing checks to animal causes. Ten years earlier, friends were picking me up and buying me the occasional Big Mac (or fast food of my choice) while I endured the suffering of that metal warehouse. Now I find myself writing those checks I promised I would do if I ever became halfway famous and/or wealth, I would do so. I am not rich yet but on a good path for it, finally. I love what I do and it actually helps animals, possibly saving them and/or giving them a good qualiity of life. I sell them all online from my e-stores, ricklondoncollection.com, ricklondonwear.com and LTSuperstore.com..

I launched the cartoon in 1997. As so many businesses evolve after they are up and running, most of my work is administrative today, with not a lot of crea I mention this, not for bragging rights, but to show how one little person, like me, can utilize the Internet properly, and come as close to living his/her dream as possible, if not beyond it. I would have never imagined in ten short years, we could become the largest independent offbeat cartoon site on the Internet.
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