If you're socially active online, by now, you've most likely come across a dog impersonating a cover model for a canine version of Vogue magazine. As a potential harbinger of dog memes to come, professional photographer Lucy Snowe is however not the first person responsible for the new "dogue" craze.

In fact the breed "Dogue de Bordeaux" was known in France as early as the fourteenth century throughout the region of Bordeaux -- hence, the name. Dogue de Bordeaux is a member of French Mastiff family and is instantly recognizable by its sad-looking grimace (making it almost like the canine version of Grumpy Cat).

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With muscular bodies, they're very powerful dogs who have been utilized for various purposes, from using their brawn to pull carts or haul heavy objects, to protecting and guarding castles for the European elite.

Since these pooches have been known to travel in upper-econmic circles, the name "dogue" does come with a certain cache. It's been picked up on Tumblr pages and even a  health center has capitalized on the descriptor. The DOGue Salon & Spa provides a 5-Star experience for any canine, whether he comes with a pedigree or not. The website's promotes "a comfortable air conditioned facility that helps stressed out dogs to rejuvenate and relax. From our clean, friendly & calm atmosphere, to the wide variety of services, your furry friend will receive the finest in pampering luxury."

Making "dogue" synonymous with pampering, their packages include pre-bath brushing, a Blueberry Facial, Pawdi-cure with file finish, thorough ear cleaning, luxurious loofah bath, conditioning treatment and a three step process for completely drying the coat.

However, if you're in the market for the real thing, you might want to consider Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue, Inc. Started in 1997, its objective and mission is to educate the public about this magnificent breed. And while it doesn't operate out of a brick and mortar shelter, the organization does have volunteers nation-wide who open their homes to dogues in need.

Standard adoption fee is $450.00 which covers their medical needs. All of their rescues are spayed/neutered, up to date on shots and micro chipped before being placed. If interested, more information on adoption and volunteering can be found here.

So whether you favor the pedigree of Dogue de Bordeaux or just like the idea of dressing your dog fashionably no matter what the breed, it appears that dogs may finally have found a way to steel some of the spotlight away from all those online cat postings. Dogs can be stars too. Lucy Snowe who is now selling her famous portrait of the first "Dogue" model described her subject as such: "I think she looks exactly like Kim Novak in a technicolor Hitchcock movie." What do you think, reader?

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