In my #BreedsofPurpose segments I’d like to talk about dog…

In my #BreedsofPurpose segments I’d like to talk about dog fighting. It’s taboo when one talks openly about dog fighting but let’s face the facts; it’s part of our dog world #history. When one usually thinks of dog fighting, it’s the game or as some call it, the #sport where man pits their dog against another mans dog for money, gambling, entertainment or simply to satisfy their ego.
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What many of you might not know is that it’s still a common practice for #dogs living in rural areas of the #MiddleEast, #Europe and other rural communities around the #world to be pitted against one another, not for (entertainment) but to test these guardians (name given to a type of dog, commonly known as a LGD “Livestock Guardian Dog” i.e. Dogs that are still bred and trained to guard livestock)
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Let me explain in more detail, the LGD usually massive #dogs such as #Kangals #Akbash #AnatolianShepherds #Leonberger are gentle around livestock but aggressive towards strangers and predators. Considered “self thinking dogs” which means they evaluate a situation themselves to know whether a threat is upon them.
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An LGD would serve no purpose to a livestock owner if a dog firstly cannot stand their ground against another #dog. Therefore Shepherds game test their dogs against a more powerful, mature and experienced dog in order to help weed out weaknesses and see their willingness (gameness) to stay in the fight. The dogs that stay in the #fight would be left to tend to the livestock and continue to be bred for future offsprings while the ones that don’t will eventually be sold to private owners seeking an estate or property protection dog with the tag that it never be bred. To allow a dog to guard without this type of safeguard would be useless against any kind of predator in that the dog might not fight and therefore a livestock owner won’t just lose a dog but its livestock as well.
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I know that #dogfighting in general touches on emotions because of the culture we have been brought up upon and how we view dogs as family members but it should be noted that this practice is important for the livelihoods of Shepherds and farmers who depends on their dogs to protect livestock living in rural communities to test their dogs capabilities, doing so will help to continue their stock for future purposes.
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