Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Dog Fighting Definition:

Two dogs, roused and tormented in advance, put in a confined area to fight while observors bet on the outcome.

Related Terms: Cockfighting, Pit Bull

"Dog fighting usually involves two dogs who are usually one of the "bully breeds" commonly known as pit bulls; although other breeds may be used.

"Dog fights do not usually go to the death of one of the participant, but are staged and regulated on a more stringent set of rules that govern when a fight is over....

"... in some countries dog fighting is both condoned and legal.... Some countries allow this form of entertainment to continue.... But even where it is illegal, dog fighting goes on."1


  • NOTE 1: Wagman, Bruce and Liebman, Matthew, A Worldwide View of Animal Law (Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, 2011), page 108.

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