Dog fighting was a popular blood sport which was been widely practised in the past. Many dog fighting breeds were developed in an attempt to come up with the ultimate fighting machine - a dog which was large, low, courageous and game to get in the ring and fight (sometimes to the death) but yet still be loving and peaceful towards humans.
Popular dogs used in breeding dogs to be used for fighting have been American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers.
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After the baiting of animals was outlawed in 1835 in the UK by the passing of the Cruelty To Animals Act, dog fighting became more popular despite being illegal. It was easier to organise and attend a dog fight than it was to attend other animal baiting events such as with bulls or bears.
Nowadays, dog fighting is illegal in most first world countries although that doesn't mean it doesn't take place illegally. Many underground dog fight's are still organised as a form of entertainment. And where you find dog fights, you'll often find a whole many more criminal activities taking place too such as illegal betting, drug trafficking and even prostitution.
Pakistan, South Africa and Russia all widely practise dog fighting despite it being banned.
"Bait" animals are often used to test how ferocious a fighting dog is and to give it some practise before a match. Bait animals are usually either wild animals which have been caught, kittens, small dogs, rabbits, stolen pets or even animals obtained through "Free to good home" adverts.
The bait animal is released to the fighting dog and mauled to death. The fighting dog receives no injury as the bait animal will have previously had its mouth taped closed, its teeth filed down and its nails removed so that it cannot defend itself.
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The dog fighting breeds listed below are, or have been in their past, used for fighting other dogs. You'll find many of them also listed on my Dangerous Dog Breeds Page too.
If the dog's name is in a different colour then you can click on it to find out more about that breed.
American Pit Bull Terrier
Dogue de Bordeaux
New Guinea Singing Dog
Korea Jindo Dog
Ca De Bou
American Staffordshire Terrier
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Peruvian Inca Orchid
Chinese Shar Pei
Portuguese Water Dog