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Dog breeding (17/02/15 18:52:11) Reply
    I read somewhere: bioarcheophilosophers think that the dog was tamed from wolves as a protection against bears.

    Not much protection against bears with lapdogs or bagdogs.

    Bandogs, however

    "The term Bandog (also known as Bandogge) originated around 12501300 in Middle England, referring to a mastiff type dog that was bound by a chain during the daytime and was released at night to guard against intruders."

    "Early incarnations of the Bandog probably had bloodlines from bull baiting dogs and the Guardian Mastiffs or the cross of both like the war dogs used in the Crusades."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandog

    I think those dogs are no good for company. I prefer people.
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Cruel animal-centred entertainment (17/02/15 21:05:27) Reply
    "Bear-baiting was popular in England until the 19th century. From the sixteenth century, many bears were maintained for baiting. In its best-known form, arenas for this purpose were called bear-gardens, consisting of a circular high fenced area, the "pit", and raised seating for spectators. A post would be set in the ground towards the edge of the pit and the bear chained to it, either by the leg or neck. A number of well-trained hunting dogs, usually Old English Bulldog, would then be set on it, being replaced as they got tired or were wounded or killed. In some cases the bear was let loose, allowing it to chase after animals or people. "

    "Variations involved other animals being baited, especially bulls. Bull-baiting was a contest which was similar to bear baiting in which the bull was chained to a stake by one hind leg or by the neck and worried by dogs. The whipping of a blinded bear was another variation of bear-baiting.[2] Also, on one curious occasion, a pony with an ape tied to its back was baited; a spectator described that "...with the screaming of the ape, beholding the curs hanging from the ears and neck of the pony, is very laughable"."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bear-baiting
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Cruel entertainment (17/02/15 21:07:51) Reply
    So - to have a repetition of the cruelties of the West in not too far-gone history it seems to be time to re-read The Sot-Weed Factor.
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