Apparently I need to school some of the DBO folks about dog fighting. Yesterday one of their trolls kept going on and on about Ray being only 40 lbs. I couldn’t figure out why in the heck that would matter….then it dawned on me. She was trying to use the DBO argument that the Vick dogs weren’t real fighting dogs, since they were, in some cases, so small. She hadn’t a clue what she was talking about.
The dogs varied in size, from the tiny Oliver to Lucas, the Grand Champion. But even Lucas was smaller than most people would think a champion should be. In their mind a true fighting dog would be massive, like Bubba. (I think we know from Bubba’s past injuries that he was NOT a good fighting dog.)
When there is a fighting dog bust most of the dogs have a certain “look”…just like the Vicktory Dogs. For the most part they are American Pit Bull Terrier mixes, which are smaller and lighter than Staffies or AmStaffs. Most of them come from true fighting dog lines, bred for generations.
Dog fighters have worked tirelessly to breed certain characteristics into their fighting lines. Virtually no fighting dog is a “pure breed”. When DNA testing was done on some of the Vicktory Dogs it was surprising to see the results. Some of the small dogs had Boston Terrier in their lines. One of the dogs actually had some Cocker Spaniel thrown in the mix.
These dogs, although small and light weight, are the preferred type for formal dog fighting. I’m talking about organized dog fighting, not young thugs setting their dogs against each other as a test of their manhood. Smaller dogs are faster and more agile than a large boned dog. They make up in speed and tenacity what they lack in bulk. A smaller dog tends to have more stamina than a larger, heavier dog.
In an organized dog fighting match like-sized dogs are pitted against each other, similar to boxing or wrestling weight classes. Each dog is weighed before the match to make sure they are the right size for this bout. That is why there are usually several different sized dogs in any fighting kennel.
Another DBO contention is that the Vick dogs developed Babesia after they were rescued. Once again they are trying to address something they don’t understand. Babesia is initially a tick borne illness, just like Lyme disease. Fighting dogs, often chained out in the woods, are prone to tick infestations. Once a dog has been infected he can pass it on through his saliva, especially through deep puncture wounds. Many, many fighting dogs are Babesia positive. Ray was, and our girl Turtle is.
There are things I wish I didn’t know about dog fighting and dog fighters. But I forced myself to learn about it because of Ray. I was trying to understand what he had endured. Maybe the trolls of DBO should do the same thing. As it stands now, they just come off sounding ignorant.