Dogs in the Middle Ages
During the Middle Ages, hunting was the privilege of the rich and dogs from established hunting lines were valuable. Laws were passed that required the peasants dogs who where mainly cross breeds to wear blocks around their necks to prevent them from breeding with the hunting dogs of the rich. Also during the Middle Ages, Great Danes and Mastiffs sometimes wore suits of armour and spiked collars during battles or even when they were required to defend supply caravans from enemy raids. Bloodhounds were also used during war in the Middle Ages to track down deserters and retreating enemy soldiers as well as in peace time to track down criminals.