Interspecies Conflict/Dogs

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Hell BK,

Before we go with the combats, I wanted to ask you another question, are Pitbulls really the best fighting dogs? I mean how can a Pit outmatch a Kangal or Tosa?


1.Gray Wolf vs Clouded Leopard

2.Golden Jackal vs Belgian Shepherd

3.Belgian Shepherd vs Rhesus Macaque

4.Ratel vs Kangal

5.Wolverine vs Kangal

6.Kangal vs Bully Kutta (I little bit of detail too!)

7.Spanish fighting bull vs Black Rhinoceros

8.Rhesus Macaque vs Black backed jackal

9.Presa Canario vs Dogo Argentino

10.Pitbull vs Dogo Argentino

11.Pitbull vs Presa Canario

12.European Wildcat vs Welsh Terrier

13.Caracal vs Airedale Terrier

14.Golden Jackal vs Irish Terrier

15.Backed backed jackal vs Golden Jackal

16.Indian Gray Mongoose vs Black footed cat

17.Rhesus Macaque vs Irish Terrier

18.Airedale Terrier vs Boxer

19.Gull Terr vs Presa Canario

20.Gull Terr vs Pit

21.Tosa vs Pit

22.Main event: Tosa vs Bully Kutta

Thanks

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Hello Jem.


Q: Are Pit Bulls really the best fighting dogs? How can a Pit Bull outmatch a Kangal or Tosa?
A: American Pit Bull Terriers are the best fighting dogs pound-for-pound, but not at absolute weights.  They can outmatch other dogs in their weight range, but some heavier dogs will have enough size & skill to defeat them on most occasions.  APBTs have a unique combination of strength, athleticism, stamina, durability, & tenacity.  These traits are typically off the charts with these dogs, and if they're truly game-bred, they will battle for great durations with a high level of intensity while ignoring pain & injury.  Even if a larger dog is dominating the beginning of a fight with an APBT, the tide will turn when it begins to fatigue, and it will soon be looking to break away from the conflict.  There are several dogs I would favor against an APBT more times than not including Tosas, Bully Kuttas, Caucasian Ovcharkas, Central Asian Ovcharkas, Presa Canarios, Gull Dongs, & American Bulldogs.  Other dogs that might not be favored most of the time would still be capable of defeating an APBT some of the time.  Among these are (but are not limited to) Kangals, Boerboels, & Gull Terrs.

1. Gray Wolf vs Clouded Leopard: The grey wolf will weigh over 2 1/2 times more than the clouded leopard.  Clouded leopards are quick & very agile, and have upper canines as long as matchsticks.  Grey wolves have strong bites & great endurance.  The clouded leopard has the ability to injure the wolf with its long teeth & sharp claws, but it won't have a way to effectively repel the big bite of the much larger animal on most occasions.  Gray wolf wins.

2. Golden Jackal vs Belgian Shepherd: There are 4 types of Belgian Shepherds (Belgian Malinois, Belgian Tervuren, Belgian Sheepdog, & the Belgian Laekenois), and they are considered to be separate breeds in some places.  Each type will weigh at least twice as much as the golden jackal, and having similar offensive attributes, will be too formidable for it.  Belgian Shepherd wins.

3. Belgian Shepherd vs Rhesus Macaque: The Belgian Shepherd will weigh close to 4 times as much as the rhesus macaque.  The rhesus macaque will be too small to prevent (by hand usage or bites) the Belgian Shepherd from clamping its jaws onto it.  The monkey will likely hold its own against a canine closer to its weight, but this one is too big.  Belgian Shepherd wins.

4. Ratel vs Kangal: The Kangal will weigh more than 4 times as much as the ratel (honey badger).  Ratels are aggressive & fearless, and have tough hide that affords them protection against many attacks.  The ratel has a strong bite for its size, and sharp claws that make it an excellent digger.  The Kangal is a strong, solid dog with a high bite force, and it will fight if necessary.  The ratel will be too small to deal with the huge bite of the Kangal, and will eventually be worn down by the larger animal.  Kangal wins.

5. Wolverine vs Kangal: The Kangal will weigh at least 3 1/2 times more than the wolverine.  Wolverines are among the strongest mammals pound-for-pound, and can fight ferociously.  The have jaws strong enough to crunch through frozen meat & bone, and sharp claws that can hold or rake.  Kangals are among the most formidable of the large domestic canines, and the wolverine will have a hard time dealing with its large, strong bite and good stamina.  The wolverine might succeed in driving a Kangal away, but will be in trouble if the dog is determined to attack.  Kangal wins.

6. Kangal vs Bully Kutta: The Bully Kutta is heavier than the Kangal (from 20-35%).  Bully Kuttas are powerful & intelligent, have thick bones & wide jaws, and have loose, tough skin.  They are very agile for their size (and their movements have been compared to a tiger or a lion), and are naturally dog-aggressive.  Bully Kuttas have been used in the past (and in the present) for hunting, guarding, and fighting.  Kangals are strong, solid dogs with large heads & wide jaws.  They have one of the strongest bite forces among dogs, and have been used in the past to guard livestock.  Kangals are usually calm dogs, but will fight if they have to.  Both are capable combatants, but the Bully Kutta is larger (and will be more willing to engage).  Bully Kutta wins.

7. Spanish fighting bull vs Black Rhinoceros: The black rhinoceros will weigh almost twice as much as the Spanish fighting bull.  These are 2 of the most aggressive large animals that exist.  Spanish fighting bulls have well-muscled neck, shoulder, & back areas, and can generate lots of force behind their forward-pointing horns with violent turns & thrusts.  The black rhinoceros is built like a tank (tough hide; robust build), and has a long frontal horn (can get longer than a meter) to impale adversaries with.  As tough as the fighting bull is, it is no match for a rhinoceros twice its size.  The rhino will have a reach advantage as well as a strength advantage.  It will knock the bull around and overcome it quickly.  Black rhinoceros wins.

8. Rhesus Macaque vs Black-backed jackal: The black-backed jackal will weigh almost 50% more than the rhesus macaque.  Black-backed jackals can feisty & confrontational, and use their jaws in a conflict.  The rhesus macaque has mobility, use of hands, & sharp teeth that will aid it in a confrontation, but will have some trouble against a larger jackal.  Probably close to 50/50.

9. Presa Canario vs Dogo Argentino: The Presa Canario typically weigh about 30% more than the Dogo Argentino (but can get much heavier).  Dogos are muscular, powerful, and have a broad head with strong jaws.  They are often used for hunting wild boar, and will grab the boar from the side (usually on the neck area) to hold it for the hunter.  Presa Canarios are strong, muscular, confident dogs that have massive, square heads & large jaws.  They have been used for guarding & driving cattle (as well as fighting).  Although usually docile, Presas can be powerful & skilled combatants.  The Presa will be too much for the smaller Dogo.  Presa Canario wins.

10. Pit Bull vs Dogo Argentino: The Dogo Argentino will weigh about 50% more than the APBT.  Dogos have been used to chase boars (and hold them in place for the hunter), and was originally bred as a big-game hound.  It is a fine combatant (and has a deep chest & muscular hindquarters), but it's not on the same level as an APBT.  American Pit Bull Terriers (especially game-bred ones) have a potent mix of assets (strength, durability, endurance, athleticism, tenacity, etc.) that give them the ability to conquer much larger adversaries.  The size advantage of the Dogo isn't enough to tip the scales in this matchup, and it won't prevail on most occasions.  Pit Bull wins.

11. Pitbull vs Presa Canario: The Presa Canario will weigh over twice as much as the APBT.  Both of these dogs are fantastic combatants.  APBTs are hard to overcome because they offer a great offense (rush in immediately to clamp onto an anterior location with strong jaws) and a great defense (ignore pain; hard to wear down).  However, of the few dogs that have the right size/skill combination to defeat an APBT, a Presa Canario is one of them.  Presas have massive heads with large jaws, and powerful bodies with well-muscled chest, neck, & shoulder areas.  An APBT isn't an easy fight for any dog, but the Presa should prevail more times than not.  Presa Canario wins.

12. European Wildcat vs Welsh Terrier: The Welsh Terrier will weigh about 60% more than the European wildcat.  Welsh Terriers are sturdy, rugged dogs with a rectangular head.  Its muzzle is half the length of its head.  Welsh Terriers have been used in the past to hunt foxes, otters, & badgers (and are still used as hunters today).  European wildcats look somewhat like large housecats.  The Welsh Terrier will have a bigger bite & greater endurance, but the wildcat will have agility & claw usage.  The wildcat might be able to drive the terrier away with an aggressive defense, but the dog will have the edge if it's determined to continue its attack.  Edge to Welsh Terrier.

13. Caracal vs Airedale Terrier: These animals will weigh about the same.  The caracal is fast, agile, & a great leaper.  It can overcome prey items larger than itself, and can fight fiercely with sharp teeth & claws.  Airedale Terriers have been used in the past to hunt small & large game, and was once used for police & military work.  They make great guardians, but are not as aggressive as many other terriers.  The terrier will have a bigger bite & greater endurance, but will have problems dealing with an equal-sized felid with great athleticism & more diversified weaponry.  Edge to caracal.

14. Golden Jackal vs Irish Terrier: The golden jackal will weigh just over 20% more than the Irish Terrier.  The Irish Terrier is a courageous dog with a long head & strong jaws.  It has a history similar to the Welsh Terrier's in regards to usage.  The golden jackal is accustomed to confrontation with other wild animals (African wild dogs, hyenas, etc.), and this might give it a bit of an edge when compared to the domestic canid.  Edge to golden jackal.

15. Black-backed jackal vs Golden Jackal: The golden jackal will weigh about 25% more than the black-backed jackal.  The black-backed jackal is more aggressive & confrontational, but it is not as robust as the golden jackal, and is giving up too much weight to prevail in a serious confrontation.  Golden jackal wins.

16. Indian Gray Mongoose vs Black-footed cat: The black-footed cat will weigh about 50% more than the Indian gray mongoose.  The black-footed cat eats small prey items (mice, lizards, birds, insects, etc.), but has typical felid assets (agility, quickness, jaws & claws).  The Indian gray mongoose is also quick & maneuverable, but its jaws are its only offensive weapon.  It also eats small rodents & reptiles (among other things).  A serious fight will favor the larger, better-armed black-footed cat.

17. Rhesus Macaque vs Irish Terrier: The Irish Terrier will weigh over 50% more than the rhesus macaque.  The terrier will have the advantages of a bigger bite & greater endurance, but the monkey will have better overall mobility (when vertical mobility is considered) & hand usage.  Probably close to 50/50.

18. Airedale Terrier vs Boxer: The Boxer will weigh about 60% more than the Airedale Terrier.  Boxers have been used as police dogs & military dogs, and were once used for fighting.  The Boxer is compact & muscular, and has a blunt, wide set of jaws (has some bulldog in it).  Airedale Terriers can be feisty, but one will be outmatched against the larger Boxer.  Boxer wins.

19. Gull Terr vs Presa Canario: The Presa Canario will weigh at least 30% more than the largest Gull Terr.  Gull Terrs are skilled & relentless in combat, and have plenty of energy.  They are also nimble, and have robust skulls that enable their jaws to deliver powerful bites.  Presa Canarios are also skillful combatants, and the anterior half of their bodies are especially robust (including huge, box-shaped heads with large jaws).  The weight advantage of the Presa will enable it to control the positioning better once the 2 make contact (as their agility will be comparable), and it should prevail more times than not.  Presa Canario wins.

20. Gull Terr vs Pit Bull: The largest Gull Terr (of all of the types) will weigh up to 50% more than the American Pit Bull Terrier.  The Gull Terr is an energetic dog that has been used for bear-baiting & dog fighting in the past.  It is fast & aggressive.  The APBT is solid & muscular, and has a broad head with powerful jaws.  Its background as a fighter makes it naturally aggressive toward other dogs.  APBTs are pound-for-pound at the top of the heap in regards to combat among dogs.  Gull Terrs are highly skilled as well, but the APBT has been bred to succeed in dog vs dog encounters.  Pit Bull wins.

21. Tosa vs Pit Bull: The Tosa can weigh anywhere from 2 to 3 times as much as the APBT.  Tosas (also called Tosa Kens or Tosa Inus) are a Japanese breed of mastiff with a fighting history.  These dogs are muscular & powerful, and have large, box-shaped heads with blunt jaws.  Tosas are the "wrestlers" of the dog world, with the ability to position themselves expertly to control the movements of many opponents (and subdue them).  It is almost impossible for another dog to outmaneuver a Tosa at close quarters, and its combat instincts are at a very high level.  An American pit bull terrier is the supreme combatant (pound-for-pound) of the canine world, and is a serious adversary for anything in its weight range.  They have strength, athleticism, endurance, durability, tenacity, & strong jaws that make them very formidable.  Game-bred APBTs will rush in immediately, latch on with their jaws (usually targeting the face or head area), and hang on tight despite what injuries it receives from a counter-attack.  An APBT will often employ a bite & shake method to induce further tissue damage, and its muscular body enables it to do this with a great deal of force (if it battles something close to its weight range; otherwise it just hangs on).  Tough fight for the Tosa, but it has the size & skill level to prevail.  Tosa wins.

22. Main event: Tosa vs Bully Kutta: These dogs, at their higher weights, will weigh close to the same.  Both dogs are skilled combatants with agile, powerful bodies & big bites, but have different attack styles.  Tosas are methodical fighters that use their supple bodies to control a battle's positioning, and the Bully Kutta uses an aggressive, fast attack.  Close fight, but the level of skill is slightly higher in the Tosa.  These dogs are right at the top of the list in regards to domestic canine combatants at absolute weights (and either one is capable of defeating the other), but the Tosa gets the nod in this battle.  Edge to Tosa.



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