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Pit Bull Garden: Evolution of the Pit Bull Terrier & other Game Dogs: 1 [Paperback]

Douglas G Link
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1 Jan 2010
This book focuses on game dogs including such breeds as the British Pit Bull Terrier, the "Sporting "Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the English Bull Terrier and other Terrier breeds. This includes much information game dogs from the past right up to 1990's Europe and particularly the UK and Ireland. The American Pit Bull Terrier is included in this book but mainly in regards to its use after re-importation to Europe in the 1980's and beyond. Extensive sections on badger dogs and ratting dogs are included as well as the comparison of game dogs to fighting dogs such as the Caucasian Ovcharka. If your only interest is of a general nature regarding the American Pit Bull Terrier then this book is not for you. If your interest is in regards to working game dogs either in the pit or in the field then this book will be of interest as most information comes straight from the horses mouth; in other words the dog fighters. The author also makes it clear in very strong words that he finds dog fighting and badger baiting immoral. However researching a book on game dogs and not asking dog fighters questions as to their mode of operation and opinion would be analogous to writing a book on poaching and not interviewing poachers. Topics included in this book. What is gameness? A guide to natural and artificial selection. The Birth of the Game Dog. The Old English Bull Dog . The creation of the British Pit Bull Terrier. Dog fighting and rat baiting in 18th and 19th century Great Britain. The Creation of the American Pit Bull Terrier. American legends, the ROM and GR CH dogs. Designer dogs. Badger dogs. The English Staffordshire Bull Terrier. The English Bull Terrier. A comparison of The Pit Bull Terrier to other breeds including the Japanese Tosa and Caucasian shepherd dogs. The science behind the breeding of game dogs. Brave new world game dogs.

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  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (1 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450526551
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450526555
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 17.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 627,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Douglas G Link has a strong background in genetics, plant breeding and microbiology having graduated with a Masters Degree in biotechnology from the University of East Anglia UK.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative 1 April 2014
By shell
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I got this for a present and the reciever loved it. It explains about the history of dogs and the intelligance of the breed. A must read for any lover of bull breeds.
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1.0 out of 5 stars what a waste of money.. 17 May 2013
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...an absolute shoddy piece of work with incorrect grammar,punctuation and poor photo reproduction. this book is not specific to pit-bulls but rather a reproduction of other generic widely available information relating to any dog. the author has thrown in the word pit-bull every now and again to try and make it appear to be specific.very disappointed..i recently bought the"working pit bull" by Diane Jessop which is a book i would recommend...as far as the pit bull garden is concerned i should have sent it back..if any body wants a copy you can have mine free of charge..just drop me an email
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top dog 14 April 2013
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I loved this book, I'm a serious animal lover & this book has giving me great knowledge on AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER'S, I would highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Right information 22 Sep 2014
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Excellent book right information
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative Book on the Bull and Terrier Breed 25 Mar 2010
By Juan Perez - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book very informative. I especially enjoyed the section regarding the sporting ability of the English Bull Terrier. Many other books shy away from the rich history and current sporting ability of the Bull and Terrier breeds. If you currently own or are considering owning a pitbull, bull terrier, or other bull and terrier breed, this book is a must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book with a Unique Insight into the Pitbull and Terrier Breeds 20 May 2010
By A. Edmison - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book thinking it would just be another rest "for my cup of coffee" and make a great coffee table book. However after reading it was incredible informative on the terrier breed and the pitbull. I really enjoyed how the author went into great details on the genetics and bloodlines... In a simple manner that anyone "without a college degree" could understand. In fact, I enjoyed this book so much that I bought two more as gifts for people that operate massive rescues in the area.. Great Book.. Highly recommend!
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3.0 out of 5 stars short read 27 April 2010
By Robin Mcclure - Published on Amazon.com
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An acceptable book on the history of game dogs. Interesting parts include info on dogs from the UK, Staffordshire Bull Terrier info. Worth buying if you have a collection, but if you want an introduction into the breed there are better books.
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting review of bull & terrier breed history 16 Jun 2013
By Cherith Vansickle - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this book. Much of the information I already knew but being that this book was written in Great Britain and I am in the USA it was very interesting to learn about the history of the Pit Bull type dogs in the UK. It also provided some nice photos of various Pit Bulls, Bull Terriers, Staffies, etc. Very happy with this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Labor of Love for Game Dogs 8 Jun 2010
By Wolf Finkbeiner - Published on Amazon.com
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Pit Bull Garden: Evolution of the Pit Bull Terrier & Other Game Dogs is more general than the title may suggest. The book is about game dogs and how they came to be. This book covers a lot of history and it covers other breeds besides pit bulls. Although Link's background is in genetics, it doesn't make the book inaccessible as Link writes of selection and history of these breeds through stories of dogfighting, bear baiting, badger baiting, and rat baiting, The book is not overly graphic, my mother read and found interesting the story of the fight of Jacko versus a monkey who had many victories over pitbulls.
This book is a labor of love from Link. You can tell he has a passion for the breed. There is information in here you probably won't find easily elsewhere. If you're the owner of a couch potato pitbull it is interesting to know their gladiator history.
I highly recommend the book. I only have two criticisms of the book. Link details dogfights and claims he abhors dogfighting, which is probably true, but after he enthusiastically recounts a dogfight, or his own opinion of a pitbull versus a gorrilla battle, Link feels obliged to state he is not in favor of dogfighting. Neither am I, but I enjoy reading about the history of the breed. Still, those who cannot to bare to even read dogfighting accounts should steer clear. My other criticism would be the ancestry charts of different champion pitbulls in the book were not of very much interest.
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