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Posted 15 November 2009 - 11:49 PM

While in the United States, dog fighting is a crime, there are parts of the world, especially in Japan, that this sport is a legal and a tradition. Most people think of dog fighting as a blood sport and in some counties, particularly in Central and South America, it can be deadly for the dogs.

I do not approve of dog fighting but when deciding on a breed of dog that is a great protector and a great guard dog, checking out how well of a fighter that breed is can be a deciding factor. Nobody wants a Chihuahua to guard their property and how this decision can be made is how well the dog has performed in dog fighting competition.

While it is illegal to fight dogs in the United States, it is not illegal to own breeds that are designated as fight dogs. The major exception to this is areas that have banned Pit Bulls because of their dangerous demeanor.

Dog fighting has been a major part of the history of dog breeds and became quite popular in England in the 19th century when laws were passed to stop bull and bear fighting. Fight promoters went underground, literally, and began using rats and small animals to fight. The Pit Bull came about because of this desire to have smaller animals for fighting.

In Japan, breeds like the Akita Inu and Tosa Inu were bred to participate in the ceremonial dog fights. In fact, dog fighting is still legal in Japan and there are lots of regulations designed to protect the animal.

The dogs on this list have been organized by world opinion on the best breeds for fighting. This list is for informational purposes to help those trying to decide on guard dogs and not for the use of these great animals for fighting.

Caucasian Ovtcharka

The fighting strains of the Caucasian Ovcharka can contain blood of some European breeds, from mastiffs to American Pit Bull Terriers and Bandogs, but these crosses are a minority in the breed. These dogs were used for centuries to protect properties, guard livestock, kill wolves, hunt bears and the green for many other duties.

Cane Corso

The Cane Corso's history is shrouded in mystery and differing opinions. It is generally agreed that the Cane Corso is a farm dog which has been used for stock control, property, guard dogs and big game hunting throughout its Italian history.

Fila Brasileiro

The Fila Brasileiro is an exceptional guard dog, related to the Mastiff, and is great cattle herder. It does not hide its dislike of strangers, but these dogs are not disqualified from the show ring for showing aggression to the judges.

Pakistani Mastiff

The Pakistani Mastiffs are victims of dog fighting but most of these rare dogs are used as guard dogs in Pakistan and India. It is because of their enormous size and strength that a few find themselves in the hands of people who choose to use them for dog fighting which is still illegal in Pakistan and its neighboring countries.

Presa Canario

Presa Canario was created during the 18th century for the purpose of being a guard dog, for the holding and driving of livestock, and exterminating wild or stray dogs. This dog breed was also used for dog fighting, a tradition the English settlers transplanted along with their Mastiff and Bulldog breeds. Canary Islanders consider these fights "honor fights" and not the sole purpose of the animal.

Dogo Argentino

The Dogo Argentino was bred specifically to avoid the dog aggression problems inherent in the Cordoba Fighting Dog when applied to hunting, specifically its lack of ability to hunt in a pack. The creators of the breed took great care to prevent this undesirable trait from manifesting in the Dogo Argentino, as the breed was always intended to be a pack hunter.

American Bandogge

While these dogs weren't bred to be fighting dogs, they do share hostile traits with their crossbreeds, at least when it comes to other dogs, meaning that they make a poor selection for people who've never owned a dog, or aren't familiar with dogs that don't socialize well with others. Still, some do use these dogs for fighting.

English Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier had originally been bred for bull baiting. The fact that it can scrap with bulls shows that it's pretty strong breed of dog for fighting.

American Pit Bull Terrier

There is much debate as to where the APTB belongs on this list. To some, there is no better a fighting dog, but to those who fight dogs legally, this breed is farther down on their list. This dog is most popular for dog fighting in the United States where it is highly illegal.

English Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier had originally been bred for bull baiting. The fact that it can scrap with bulls shows that it's pretty strong breed of dog for fighting.

Tosa Inu

The Tosa Inu is a massive, regal dog, standing well over 30 inches at the shoulders and weighing up to 150 pounds. This is an animal of legendary courage, intelligence and amazing presence. It has been described as the Sumo Wrestler of the Canine World and is considered a National Treasure in Japan. The sight of a Tosa Inu arrayed in full ceremonial fighting regalia and traditionally brought into the fighting arena by two handlers, makes an impressive and unforgettable impact.

This has to be the dumbest article I've ever read.

Edited by DallasCLK, 16 November 2009 - 06:14 AM.

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