I do want to take this opportunity to state:
I do not promote, support, or condone any violations of the Animal Welfare Act of 1976, and/or any other local/state/federal laws. I am not affiliated with dog fighting in any way, shape, or form; I am simply a pet owner and enthusiast of the American Pit Bull Terrier and the great history and legacy handed down through the generations. I believe it is important to know where we come from to see where we are going. The articles posted are strictly for historical and educational purposes only; I do not necessarily reflect the views expressed within these articles.
I trust you, readers, are smart enough to realize that, but I'll still be posting that at the bottom of every post referring to the history of dog fighting. Many of the articles I'll be posting were written back in the heyday of the fighting APBT; when the dogs were selectively bred for the pit, when there were rules agreed to among the "dog men", and those dog men treasured their dogs as the warriors they were.
What many people don't realize through the drone of the Humane Society and other animal welfare organizations is the dogs who were fought loved the pit, loved to match against other dogs, and the dog men took great care of their dogs, sometimes calling the match and taking the "loss" when their dogs refused to give up despite broken bones and severe wounds. These dog men often performed their own veterinary care on their dogs and would refuse fights if their dog was too out-matched (whether by weight or by ability).
It's commonly said when reading about the history of dog fighting that there is a difference between "dog men" and "dog fighters". The former treated their dogs like royalty, only matching them if they were "game" (wanted to fight); the latter treat them like expendable slaves, matching dogs even if they're a "cur" (lacking game).
So, with that being said, here is the first of hopefully many articles.
The History of the American Pit Bull Terrier by Richard Stratton.