Where Do We Come From? (The Origin of the Breed)
As far as human suppositions have almost no boundaries, if the Reader wants to get factual and concise historical data, we’d recommend Him to skip up to the last sentence of this article, if though He wants to submerge into bright theories and interpretations, and comfortable place for reading is ready for Him, it would be nice to proceed in succession.
THE ORIGIN OF THE BREED
The less doubtful about the breed is its membership of a large family of Molossers - huge in size, with pushed in (brachycephalic) head protective dogs originated in Eurasia.
The most debatable question, though, is how ancestors of the Dogue de Bordeaux appeared on the territory of Modern France.
As the data available are scarce, there are many theories and often contradicting ideas. Time here is the main headliner.
Three stretches of time are referred to in this connection.
1) The most recent reference is the time of Roman Empire. It connects the French breed with Mollossers - extinct breed of Epirus (the territory enclosing modern North-West Greece and South Albany (just opposite the island Corfu)) that gave general name to all Mollosus dogs.
2) Other theories state that Dogue’s ancestors were imported in France by Phoenician traders before Roman invasion. They were Assyrian war dogs spread in Mesopotamia and later – in Egypt.
3) The farthest time stretch is referred to by theorists who claim the Dogue de Bordeaux is a descendant of an indigenous dog breed of Aquitaine. Such claim is maid as on the territory of France some Dogue bones dating from prehistory were found. It is also claimed, that indigenous Mastiff-like dogs existed on the whole territory of Eurasia so the Dogue de Bordeaux should descends directly from ancient indigenous Dogue of Aquitaine. Anyhow, it’s obvious, that the archaeological data are not sufficient enough to serve an indisputable argument in favor of the theory.