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@dieselthebeauceron is growing, swipe left and…

@dieselthebeauceron is growing, swipe left and see how heavy he is at 1 year old. Beauceron, Berger de Beauce or however you might want to call them are big Shepherd type dogs of France.

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Many mistake them for a cross between a Rottweiler and German Shepherd but obviously they’re not and is considered an old breed by today’s standards. Hey Diesel, I know you want me to come down ASAP, I’m calling your Hoomen tomorrow to nail down a date this month! I will repost a write up on the breed on my next posting for those that want to learn more about the breed.

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#beauceron #france #frenchmen #germanshepherd #rottweiler #europe #dog #dogs #dogstagram #pets #bigdogs #vetcheck #pup #puppies #instadog #instagram #frenchie #life #friends #people (at Idaho)
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Prague | Judah | @willtylerjames | @laurencoha…

Prague | Judah | @willtylerjames | @laurencohan |

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My dude @willtylerjames HBD to my brotha, dog dad and an authentic, humble young man! Dog continue to be you and you will be blessed 🙏🏼

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Hi Lauren!!!!! @laurencohan

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#birthday #happybirthday #hbd #frenchie #prague #europe #bulldog #whiskeycavalier #vacation #friends #life #love #dog #dogs #pets #family #lunch #travel #foodie #instagood #instadog #dogstagram (at Restaurant Vkolkovně)
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1906 America when it was still great? I’m not …

1906 America when it was still great? I’m not going there but sometimes I wish I can go back (for the dogs of course) that were available back then. A time before “for profit” breeding with dogs being brought with immigrants pouring into the country

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A healthy, physically MORE correct and purposeful Dane versus ones readily available today.

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The Boston terrier with his ears cropped is something you don’t see within the breed anymore.

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#europe #immigrants #immigration #greatdane #bostonterrier #black #white #blackandwhitephotography #dog #dogs #history #dogstagram #instadog #instagood #educate #puppiesofinstagram #people #life #america #europe #americaisgreat #weekendvibes #breedsofpurpose (at San Diego, California)
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FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION is a 20th-century princi…

FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION is a 20th-century principle which says that an object should primarily relate to its intended function or purpose.
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This is important to note as many breeds today don’t follow this principle. In fact breeding for extremism is more common than functionality and without function then form will not follow.

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This is what an ENGLISH MASTIFF should look like. The perfect balance of front to back to height, even weight distribution throughout its frame and the overall structure is impeccable on this dog. It should be noted that he’s not as wrinkled, sloppy or overly massive, as today’s dogs. Take note how alert he appears and gives the appearance of a dog with endless amounts of energy.
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This picture was likely taken sometime in the early 1900’s and if you know what today’s MASTIFF looks like (slide right to see) it’s a different breed we are comparing. Over a short amount of time a more extreme version has been promoted versus the dog pictured.
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So why don’t dogs follow the same pattern as before? The reason is the purpose of many breeds isn’t coveted as it once was and breeders breed for the show ring to compete in conformation rather than any workability and functionality. Add to the fact that breed clubs and parent registry AKC, the American Kennel Club pushes for dogs to look or exceed conformation standards that promote extremisms.
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In your own opinion did modern breeding practices improve today’s dogs or make them impractical physically?
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#mastiff #englishmastiff #history #dog #dogs #puppy #bullmastiff #instadog #instadaily #modern #l4l #f4f #blackandwhitephoto #picoftheday #dogstagram #bulldog #pitbull #america #greatdane #dogo #england #europe #canecorso #presacanario #americanbulldog #show #breedsofpurpose (at Old Town Square Praque Czech Republic)
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Finally we get to mankind’s most perfect creat…

Finally we get to mankind’s most perfect creation of the brutal sport we called dog fighting. The APBT, American Pit Bull Terrier.

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It’s history is simple, if you’ve read any of my last post you’d understand how the breed was brought to this country by immigrants of Europe and perfected in the states for what it has become to be known for.

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Pictured is Crenshaw’s Ch. Honeybunch, not only a winner in the (pit) but possibly the best producing dog of all time. The epitome of both worlds from a continuity stand point and ideals set forth from the community of dog men of the era before and after.
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#pitbull #apbt #amstaff #pets #dontbullymybreed #dog #dogs #dogstagram #dogfighting #history #bulldog #bulldoggin #bullterrier #instadog #terrier #staffordshirebullterrier #life #europe #america (at Fairplex)

The now extinct Bullenbeisser was a rough hunt…

The now extinct Bullenbeisser was a rough hunting Bulldog from Germany. It wasn’t uncommon for wild animals (Wolves, Bears, and Boars) from neighboring countries like Russia, Poland and the Czech Republic to wander into Germany as a few hundred years ago the countryside was heavily forested.

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Big Game Hunting with a Bullenbeisser would of been awe inspiring to see, an original rough and tough bulldog that was bred for the hunt. Where England early on transformed its native bulldogs to be more civilized, for many years thereafter Germans Nobles were still hunting Bullenbeisser for its original purposes.

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But their reign would be short-lived as the Bullenbeisser eventual extinction would come by the intentional crossbreeding to other breeds rather than by the deterioration of the breed. Case in point in the late 1870s, German breeders Roberth, Konig, and Hopner would use the Bullenbeisser to create a new breed, with many breeders focusing on this new dog, what today we call the Boxer and letting the once prominent Bullenbeisser become extinct.

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Was it a fighting dog, I’m sure the breed had been tried here and there in a pit but its usefulness for hunting and the wanting to eliminate the excessive white color of the new Boxer breed at the time, this German Bulldog would eventually fade away in history.

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#bullenbeisser #boxer #bulldog #history #dog #dogs #puppy #dogstagram #europe #germany #russia #poland #dogfighting #hunting #instadog #instalike #boars #wolves #bears (at Torrance, California)

Owning an Irish Wolfhound in Ireland centuries…

Owning an Irish Wolfhound in Ireland centuries ago would have been a privilege reserved for the aristocratic class. Anyone aside from aristocracy would of been forbidden by law. Owning a Kerry Blue terrier wasn’t, as it was consider the dog of the people. So the people would concentrate on breeding terriers for their own needs and tastes. These farm dogs needed to combine herding, guarding, hunting, retrieving and vermin destroying talents. Dog fighting was also a way for them to make a little money on the side.

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Although an Irish breed, the breed was refined by Englishman and this is why I believe the breed possibly had a correlation with dog fighting. Both the Irish and English had an affinity for dog fighting and often competed dogs seeing who bred the better dog.

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A tough little breed as many terriers are, they’re not known for fighting and I don’t believe the enthusiast would want to be associated with but it wouldn’t be much to believe they did fight the breed at one point.

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#kerryblueterrier #dogstagram #irishwolfhound #dog #dogs #pets #europe #england #pup #ireland #puppy #instadog #instalike #dogfighting #terriers #blackandwhite #history (at Cerritos, California)

They’re a misunderstanding with how today’s ve…

They’re a misunderstanding with how today’s version of the Staffordshire Bull terrier is viewed, as they are still labeled fighting dogs at rescues and such. The reality the breed today is only a slice of the dog that once ruled the school yard and it is more of a show and pet dog than anything else.

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The early crosses of Bull and terrier dogs were not the stout, proportioned dog we see today but a rugged, tough, hard as nails, very skilled and game dog. These dogs were bred for performance, not looks.

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To create the Staffordshire Bull terrier a cross between a Bull and a Terrier happened. The cross was popular and gained popularity rather quickly. What it produce was a prototype, the ancestral foundation stock for todays Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the Bull Terrier, the American Pit Bull Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier all sharing the common ancestor, the “Bull and Terrier”

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Before the 19th century Bull baiting, Bear baiting and cock fighting was as common as apple pie. It was purported at the cattle markets, dogs (bulldogs) were set upon bulls to tenderize the meat, but this was a myth, a way to get around those that opposed the blood sports. The real reason was to provide entertainment for crowds that would gather around to watch the show.

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It is safe to say that the Staffordshire Bull terrier, began as a fighting dog and helped paved the way for the eventual King of the Ring, the Pit Bull but today it remains a great little bully dog for families that’s more pet than pit!

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#staffordshirebullterrier #staffybull #staff #bully #bulldog #bullterrier #dogfighting #fightingdog #pets #pitbull #instadog #instalike #dog #dogs #dogstagram #puppy #pup #europe #america #bulls #bears (at San Juan Capistrano, California)

Historical accounts of dog fighting in the US …

Historical accounts of dog fighting in the US can be dated back a hundred or more years before the Civil War began but the betting and spectator sport of dog fighting would take off shortly after the Civil War ended. As immigrants made their way from England and Ireland to start a new life in America, they brought over with them dogs that were already flourishing in an underground fighting world after Bull and Bear baiting became illegal in the 1830’s.

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Many of these dogs would eventually be crossbred to other game terriers to create the ultimate fighter: the American Pit Bull Terrier.
With many professional pits proliferating the America’s in the 1860’s, ironically dog fighting grew and continued to flourish well into the 20th century as a common entertainment with widespread support from the general public as well as elected officials and police officers and firemen with the “Police Gazette” serving as a major source of information into dog fighting for many years thereafter.

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With concerns about the inhumanness of dogfighting most states would eventually outlaw the activity and criminally incriminate those that did not stop. Henry Bergh, founder of the ASPCA, would spearhead this endeavor as he was repulsed by the brutality of the dog fighting he saw in New York and elsewhere. He would revise the states animal cruelty law in 1867 which would make all forms of animal fighting illegal for the first time, including bull, bear, dog and cock fighting.

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The sad but definite truth was the involvement of police officials in dog fighting activity and this was one of the reasons Bergh sought and received authority for the ASPCA at the time to have arrest powers for his own humane law enforcement agents to enforce these tough new laws.
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#dogfighting #civilwar #history #pitbull #europe #americanhistory #life #police #firemen #dog #dogs #dogstagram #dogsofinstagram #instadog #instagood #puppies #puppylove #bulldog #bears #bulls #newyork #england #ireland #sport #canecorso #dogo #presacanario (at Rowland Heights Community Center)

Is the Akita really a fighting dog? The breeds…

Is the Akita really a fighting dog? The breeds original purpose was to hunt Bear and Deer but even that is loosely based. It was tried at some point in its early history as a dog fighter but only for a short time with the city of Ōdate being given credit as to where the idea was conceived.

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But the more I research, I find the breed wasn’t fully involved in the sport of dog fighting as it’s history has lead us to believe. First off, dog fighting was outlawed and other breeds like the Tosa Inu proved to be a more able fighter indirectly causing the Akita to gradually lose popularity.

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Concerned by the breeds’ potential extinction, in 1919 the Japanese included the large spitz type dog by then called the Akita after a prefecture in Northern Japan. It was not until 1931 after searching isolated villages that the Akita, many of whom resembled crossbred dogs from its informal fighting past were used to bring the breed back. Luckily in their search enough other dogs that resembled the current idea of a purebred Akita were found and were the stating block of the rebuild you see today.

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Now Akita dogs did manage their way into Europe where dog fighting was already in place and introducing a new dog in those days was a premium. From this juncture the stories/history of its fighting abilities is where it could possibly stem from.

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Pictured is Japanese styled Akita
#akita #akitainu #japan #puppy #puppylove #dogfighting #dog #dogs #dogstagram #instadog #instatravel #history #educate #asia #europe #travel #lfl #f4f (at Sushi Joint Fullerton)