Are dog fighting breeds naturally aggressive,
OR did we make them that way?
Dog fighting was a popular blood sport which was been widely practised in the past.
Many dog 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.
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 organize 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 organized 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 practice dog fighting despite it being banned.
"Bait" animals are often used to test how ferocious a fighting dog is and to give it some practice 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 color then you can click on it to go to the breed page and find out more.
The Akita Inu is a "Spitz" type of breed, sometimes confused with the American Akita.
The American Staffordshire Terrier originated in England.
Also called the Indian Mastiff or Pakistani Mastiff, this is a big, powerful breed, originally bred as a working dog and for protection. It has been used in dog fighting in India.
Dogue de Bordeaux is also called the French Mastiff.
The English mastiff or Bullmastiff was bred to assist gamekeepers in catching poachers in England.
The Fila Brasileiro is a big breed from Brazil, also called the Brazilian Mastiff. Like the Bullmastiff, it will seize it's target and then wait for it's master to intervene.
Perro de Presa Canario
This breed originates in the Canary Islands of Spain, and was bred to work with livestock. The Presa Canario is a big mastiff type of breed.
The Shar Pei was bred in China, and is now famous for its wrinkly skin.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
This is a variation on the Staffordshire Terrier, crossed with Bulldog breeds.
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