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Gladiator Dogs (Ts-267) [Hardcover]

Carl Semencic
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8 Aug 1998 Ts-267
From the author of The World of Fighting Dogs and Pit Bulls and Tenacious Guard Dogs comes this third and most impressive book to date, Gladiator Dogs. Bringing to life 13 breeds originally used as fighting dogs, Dr. Carl Semencic illustrates the history, characteristics and abilities of the world's toughest canines, and shares hundreds of great color photographs of top dogs sent by owners around the globe. The author does not fight dogs and does not condone dogfighting, but he is fascinated with the qualities and instincts of these fearless gladiator breeds. Gladiator Dogs is a valuable book that represents years of experience and research on these remarkable historical dogs. In addition to the author's favorite breed, the American Pit Bull Terrier, Dr. Semencic discusses other related breeds, such as the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier, covering the differences and similarities between these bully cousins. A respected rare-breed authority and an accomplished world traveler, Dr. Semencic shares his firsthand experience with these dogs from his trips to the Canary Islands, South Africa, Europe, and more. Gladiator Dogs profiles many breeds that the author has introduced, mentored and promoted, including the American Bulldog, Canary Dog, South African Boerboel and Korean Jindo.
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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: TFH Publications (8 Aug 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793805961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793805969
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 17.9 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,714,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

CARL SEMENCIC was born in New York City and still lives within walking distance of the city line. He holds a Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Queensborough Community College, a B.A. in British and American Literature from Queens College, and a Master's Degree and Doctorate in anthropology from State University of New York at Stony Brook where his areas of special interest were the archaeology of the Americas and American Indian studies. An avid outdoorsman, Semencic enjoys fishing, especially fresh water with ultra-lite equipment, hunting, but only with traditional muzzleloaders, kayaking, especially in the Great Okefenokee Swamp but also locally, and hiking. He has traveled the world both on business and for pleasure. He is a member of the American Mensa Society. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book... For Serious Dog People 28 Sep 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Dr Carl Semenic concludes (to date) his as yet fine series of books aimed specifically at serious dog people and historians, with a book that once again highlights many of the world's rarest and most magnificant dogs. All of these dogs vary greatly, not just in terms of their native land, but in physical and behavioural characteristics, and are presented in some of the most truely magnificant photographs to grace the pages of a dog book. Indeed these some of these photos may be considered to attract the wrong type of reader, who will then flick the page to another quality photo, but one which is of the type so often portrayed out of context within the mass media. If you are such a person, then either read the book in its entirity first, or do not read at all. In a final note concerning the photos, they are by far and away superior to his earlier work, 'The World of Fighting Dogs', of which this book is an update of sorts, approximately 10 years later. But this is because all of these breeds are now well known among serious dog people... And by that I don NOT mean dog-fighting people! However, this brings me to my point... As this is not about "Fighting Dogs" per'se, there are a disturbing amount of Pitbull / Amstaff pictures of 'well' fought dogs. Though I understand these illustrate the selective breeding and history of 'the breed', I feel that this is far too prevelent, particularly in lieu of recent media sensationalism. If you read, you might also understand, that proper fighting dogs are not man-aggresive. You might understand how their overwhelmingly good qualities (such as unwavering loyalty and trust) are in fact turned against them (to Fight, attack etc:)
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3.0 out of 5 stars good read 1 Nov 2013
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semencic really knows his stuff i`ve bought all his books and I only give this one 3 stars because the photos in it are a joke ,some are no better than a blur. yes I know its a reprint so the quality of picture was always going to be second rate, so should the price not have been lower?
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Gladiator Dogs" is a must have for the Bulldogger's Library 23 Aug 1998
By lizzy@geocities.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Dr. Semencic wrote "Gladiator Dogs" as a follow-up to his first book, "World of Fighting Dogs", in which he introduced several breeds of gladiator dogs that had been virtually unknown here in the United States and elsewhere in the world. "Gladiator Dogs" contains an updated perspective of each of the fighting dogs, among them the American Bulldog. The book is not intended to be an "everything you always wanted to know about these breeds" kind of book. Each section is an acute overview of its subject, covering the time span between books and bringing the reader up to speed with newly discovered information and answers. The book contains a section of the questions most frequently asked, and Dr. Semencic's answers. The photographs and accompanying captions are very well suited to the book and give several different perspectives of each breed. The composition is Dr. Semencic's usual style of comprehensive and informative writing with a flair for the personal mien. All in all, the Watchkeeper Critic found "Gladiator Dogs" to be worthy of more than a second glance. It is a meritorious and substantive addition to the American Bulldogger's library.
Reviewed by Jodi Suda, Editor The WATCHKEEPER Magazine
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Information on a very old subject yet again. 6 Dec 1999
By Kos - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In my opinion, one can offer nothing but a five star review to any book that is based solely upon totally independent research and which offers valid information that has never been offered in writing anywhere before.
This is especially true when the subject in question is one of the oldest and most commonly discussed subjects in the world. For the past two decades, Semencic has been this area of interest's greatest pioneer. If he has, in fact, made the decision to write no more books about dogs (as he suggests is the case in Gladiator Dogs), dog fanciers world-wide have certainly lost something important. It's a pity that any of us are so blind (read "jealous") as to be unable to see what he has contributed.
"Gladiator Dogs" is written in typical Semencic-style, as if he were "talking dogs" with an old friend. Like his other books, information is offered about breeds that have never, ever been mentioned in print. All of the information is first hand. It is based upon what he has learned from his worldwide network of friends and acquaintances who are involved with these rare breeds and upon the extensive travel he has done in order to come to know these breeds himself.
There are a few editorial errors in this book but it is plain to see that these errors are the fault of the publisher and not the author. All that I could find are restricted to photo captions. Maybe this author could have use another publisher? Also, I am a little bothered by the fact that I bought this book when it was first released at $60.00. Now it is available for much less. But this isn't Semencic's doing either.
All in all, if you are seriously interested in the gladiator breeds of dogs, there is no question that you should own this book. If you own none of his books, buy them all and keep them in good shape because they will be collector's items one day, should they ever go out of print.
His first book, "Fighting Dogs", in its original cover is a collectors item already.
Congratulations "Doc". Thanks for the great contribution to the world of dogs and thanks for including us in your hobby.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gladiator Dogs 15 Jan 2001
By Tracey Bean - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Excellent Book. The Author has done an extraordinary job compiling indepth facts and truths about these interesting and great breeds. This is a book that you can't put down. If there is one detail I must point out, I feel the author left out one important breed, The Argentine Dogo. Examining the other breeds and their intended purposes, as outline in this great reference book, I personally feel that this one breed was left out. This book is a must have.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Casual and opinionated- but a rare book on the topic. 17 April 1999
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Yes this is a simple book. Yes it reads like a grandpa telling you his wartime stories in the backyard. Yes the photos looks like those taken off of a traveler's album. No this is not a major academic work on the subject. BUT ... Yes, this is also the only book I've seen on rare breeds such as the Boerboel. Yes, this is the only book that I've seen to dare show pictures of fighting dogs in action. Yes, the author made an attempt on his free vacation time to visit places that no other have shown before as it relates to the subject of fighting dogs. No, the book is not a waste of money for those inclined to have a "bulldoggy" book on their shelf. After all, it's about supply and demand........and the supply on this subject is still few. Until more comprehensive books are published, Dr. Semencic is still the leading authority in terms of relaying this information to the public outside of cyberspace.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time big dogs got a good review 22 May 2002
By J. Shorts - Published on Amazon.com
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I have an American Bulldog named Gator X. He has the potential to bring down a big man, and it was not hard to make this choice of dog with the help of the man, Dr. Carl.
If you are in the market for a good mastiff doggue, please read this book. These dogs may be big and scary, but they have also been bred for 2 thousand years to stick to their humans. This book shows this in all honesty. Yes, there are fighting pics, but I see small dogs do the same thing owned by bad owners.
Dr. Semencic is the penultimate expert on what a dog can do, and where they came from, and that THEY ARE GREAT DOGS TO LOVE, NOT ONLY FEAR.
Please read this book if you are a big dog enthusiast. If you want a book that delivers great insight as to why so many of these breeds are misunderstood, buy it. If you want amazing pictures, buy it.
I can not imagine taking anyone else's word as to the dog world considering the mastiff breeds than Dr. Semencic's.
History should ensure mistakes are not made again. Here is a book that shows you why these dogs are here, and why you should respect them or go small. I have a military life, and my hubby may be gone, but because of this book, and his preceeding, and because of Laurakennels, I am safe, secure, and enriched.
May you all read this and realize that dogs are big investments with great history and great rewards. This book is the decisive measure for those on the line.
Go bullies go.
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