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Badger-baiting is a
bloodsport involving the
The badger is a quiet and harmless creature in its own domain; however, when
threatened it can possess invincible courage. Weighing up to thirty-five pounds
when fully grown, badgers have an extraordinary dangerous bite, which it is
willing to use recklessly when threatened. Showing itself to be a dangerous
adversary for any dog made it a sought after participant for the fighting pit.
Drawing the badger
In order to use the badger's ability to defend itself to test the dog,
artificial badger dens were built, captured badgers were put in them and then
the dog was set on the badger. The badger would be placed in a box, which was
furnished in imitation of it den and from there a tunnel led upward. The owner
of the badger puts his animal in the box. The
is equipped with a watch and the badger's owner releases the dog for the fight.
Whoever wants to pit his dog against the badger let it slide into the tunnel.
Usually the dog is seized immediately by the badger and the dog in turn grips
the badger. Each bites, tears and pulls the other with all their might. The
owner quickly pulls out the dog by its tail with jaws clamped obstinately onto
the badger. The two are separated and the badger is returned to its den. Then
the dog is sent back into seize the badger and it again drawn out with the
badger. This scene is repeated over and over again. The more often a dog is able
to seize the badger within a minute, so that both can be pulled out together,
the more it is up to the task and is considered game.
Drawing the badger soon became a very popular sideshow in the pit. It
provided a new opportunity to win or lose money by betting. Drawing the badger
thus became a permanent part of the fight in the pit. Baits were staged outside
the pit in cellars or taverns, as an interesting attraction for the guests.
The primary dog
used for badger-baiting is the
breeds were developed for badger-baiting, including but not limited too, the
Blue Paul Terrier,
Glen of Imaal Terrier,
Kerry Blue Terrier,
Staffordshire Bull Terrier,
Irish Kennel Club rules governed the
Mor (certificate of gameness). It was considered that the discipline ensured
contests between dog and badger were fair. In the past, to become an Irish
Kennel Club terrier champion, it was necessary for a terrier to be in possession
of a Teastas Mor. These continued until the kennel ceased to license trials in
In addition, there were many other badger clubs; each had their own rules,
which varied considerably. Frequently, the badger was afforded little
- Fleig, D. (1996). History of Fighting Dogs. T.F.H. Publications.
- Homan, M. (2000). A Complete History of Fighting Dogs. Howell
Book House Inc.
- King, H.H. (1931 1st ed.). Working Terriers, Badgers And Badger
Digging. Read Country Books.
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