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A Complete History of Fighting Dogs [Hardcover]

Mike Homan
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17 Dec 1999
Fighting dogs have existed in some form and in numerous societies for thousands of years. These dogs and the purposes for which they were developed have been an endless source of fascination and intense study for several centuries. Now this important new book brings a meaningful historical perspective to the entire subject. A Complete History of Fighting Dogs details the dogs of war, and all the forms of baiting and fighting sports that were developed and the dogs that were used in them. When the reader is done a new appreciation is gained for the contemporary fighting breeds and their valiant ancestors.

With the help of a spectacular collection of historical and contemporary illustrations, this book provides a unique insight and much–needed understanding into one of the world′s oldest canine groupings. Some of these are reproduced here for the first time.


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (17 Dec 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582451281
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582451282
  • Product Dimensions: 29 x 20.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,256,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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A thoroughly researched and informative book on the history of the fighting dogs. As owner of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier this book has helped me to better understand some of the characteristics of my favourite breed.
The book is frequently an unpleasant reminder of Man's almost incredible cruelty towards animals. Some of the passages describing dog fights and animal-baiting make quite schocking reading.
For anyone who wishes to get behind the myths and prejudice surrounding such breeds as the Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier, I warmly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Puts all other pitbull books to shame 28 July 2001
By Sgt. Snitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Telling you like it was back in the "good" old days. I've read a lot of books on the pitbull terrier and this is by far the best one. It has tons of old pictures and prints that I've never seen before. It is a complete history with accounts of bull~baiting, bear~baiting, lion~baiting, and of course dog~fighting. He doesn't sugarcoat anything, sometimes the dogs were simply over~matched and he tells it. A must have for the pitbull historian, I highly reccomend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars finally the subject matter speaks for itself! 20 Mar 2002
By J. Bozak - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The best book on game dog breeds I have yet to read. The author's painstaking, thorough research into his subject matter pays off in a book that gives the reader all that they could ask for pertaining to fighting dogs, their origins, and history. An added bonus for me with this publication was that I didn't have to sift through any passive/aggressive ego-stroking, and/or personal politcal flavorings from the author that taint the digestion of information in other books of similar subject matter.(I.E. c. semencic)
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Complete History of Fighting Dogs by Mike Homan 23 May 2001
By Warren - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Excellent book! --- I highly recommend it. The historical pictures alone are worth the price of the book. The author has certainly done his research and it shows. The only problem I have is the title; somewhat misleading.
The bulk of the text as well as the pictures is centered on the history of the Staffordshire Terrier and its cousins. This lavishly illustrated book paints a colorful portrait of a venerable canine warrior --- A must read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One You Should Read 1 Jan 2004
By Starry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
You will get exactly what you pay for in this book: a good education in the history of fighting dogs. From Lion Baiting to Ratting this book covers it all and will give you an understanding of the forces that shaped the grand fighting breeds we have today, like the noble American Pit Bull Terrier.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Research 9 Dec 2003
By Denis Crowley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Factually this book is highly enlightening and enjoyable to read.I was riveted at the first person narratives and inside jokes of the dog pits.My only complaint is that Mike loses track of himself towards the last three chapters and leaves the reader hanging for more at the end.I would love to see more books by this author and maybe a revised version of this book with a better conclusion.
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