Item description for Thirty Years with Fighting Dogs (Vintage Dog Books Breed Classic - American Pit Bull Terrier) by George C. Armitage...
Originally published 1935, USA, this is a reprint of a fascinating historical document about fighting dogs. The original is very rare, expensive and much sought after by dogmen and collectors, both for its rarity and the information contained within. "Thirty Years With Fighting Dogs" is a look at the sport of dog fighting in the early 20th century through the eyes of George Armitage, an acknowledged master of the game. It contains 55 rare photographs including Galvin's Pup, John Noonan's Brandy, Tanner, Shipley's Pearlie, Saddler's Bozo, Dugan's Pat and many more. Many famous battles are related. The contents also include articles on Schooling a Young Dog, Selecting a Dog for Pit Purposes, Armitage's Rules, Sample Contract, Armitage's Keep, Feeding and Breeding. A fascinating look at a vanished era.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.67" Height: 0.94" Weight: 0.84 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2005
Publisher Vintage Dog Books
ISBN 1905124686 ISBN13 9781905124688
Reviews - What do customers think about Thirty Years with Fighting Dogs (Vintage Dog Books Breed Classic - American Pit Bull Terrier)?
Outraged! Mar 28, 2008
How could this site describe dog fighting as a SPORT??? It's not only cruel, but illegal!!!
Primary Source on Dog-Fighting History Jul 22, 2007
The book was originally published in 1935 as an infomercial for one man's fighting dogs with emphasis on disparaging his competitors. I read it as background for a book I am writing, and it was helpful for that purpose.
The book does effectively dispel the myth that dog fighting used to be a sport of respectable gentlemen conducted at wholesome family cook outs; the first hand accounts are basements and barns, hiding from the police, with people carrying guns and using them. It was interesting to note that many of the best dogs between 1900 and 1930 were English bull terriers or Boston Terrier crosses, not pits; and that the first fight Armitage ever saw was a Colby dog that quit against a backyard mix.
RLOWERY30YWFD Mar 11, 2007
BRILLIANT!!!, SOME SAY BIASED BUT THIS MAN TELLS THE TRUTH,HE OBVIOUSLY LIVED IN A DANGEROUS ERA AND PARTICIPATED IN A DANGEROUS SPORT, BUT WHAT HE RECOUNTS IS ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!!
A look to the past. Mar 3, 2007
This book is a collectors item.For it's fotos of some great old time Pit Fighting Dogs.On the other hand the story's told on it lack a bit of flavor.The thing that got to me is that even do this book is form the early 1900's.Some times it felt like it was wright'en on the past decade.In all I realy recomend this,but only to the people how are willing to learn the truth of this great breed.
THirty Years of Fighting Dogs, by George Armitage Feb 23, 2007
Enjoyable reading about the ancenstry of a remarkable breed, the American Pit Bull Terrier. Historical photos (many are poor quaility) of world renowned fighting dogs of their day. Historical accounts of matches from the by-gone days of gentlemen matching game dogs. Using information acquired in this book, I was able to trace my dog's ancestry back to 1845. A necessary addition to the library of any American Pit Bull Terrier lover who understands the breed's heritage.