Frequently Asked Questions
Is this serious?
Serious about making money, yes! Canine combat is a perfectly natural occurrence in the wild, but the way we do it, there are veterinarians on hand, and the result equals a bout more safe, secure and enriching than mother nature can offer.
Are the dogs in danger?
Well trained and well prepared, professional animal athletes are never in any serious danger. As with any other action packed, fast paced sport, those who are not well prepared and well trained are at higher risk than those who aren’t.
Isn’t it cruel to fight dogs?
It is not cruel, inhumane or in any way unnatural. Dogs fight all the time, whether in the wild plains of Africa or scrapping in the alley behind your house. Cruelty is taking that instinctive nature and repressing it. It would be like making it illegal for dogs to eat grass, barf on the carpet and eat it again for good measure.
The important thing to remember is that dogs don’t have a soul the way people do and remind ourselves that our emotional attachment to pets is simply unhealthy and silly. Animals aren’t people, don’t experience human emotion and aren’t our friends. I can prove that by making your dog my dog with nothing more than 10 minutes and a piece of meat.
Would anyone be concerned about a cockroach fight? Why is a dog fight any different?
Shouldn’t animals be protected from violence?
If violence is so bad, how come it’s so popular?
If God wanted to stop death-matches, do you think he’d allow the massacres in Darfur, Somalia and Iraq to go on without consequence?
Animals die, it’s what they do, but some are bred just to be killed. Your local fish hatchery isn’t wrong for breeding thousands of fish just to release them for the sport-kill of licensed fishermen. This is barely different, except that instead of the Department of Fish & Game taking the $32 a head, you’ll get to keep it. Never mind the brutality suffered to put a steak on your table, eggs in your omelet or that gorgeous panda fur you wear around your neck while shopping for ivory.
I heard the animals are jacked up on steroids and amphetamines, is this true?
Athletes are strictly forbidden from the use of any hormone, steroid, stimulant or any other prescription or illicit drug. Any competitor found to be using such a substance will immediately face a 30-day ban from competition and a mandatory minimum fine of $176. We do not yet require or permit any sort of testing, but we have reached an agreement with the coaches union that will require periodic, random, anonymous testing as early as 2012. The outcomes of these tests will be binding as early as 2015.
Do people really fight Chihuahuas against St. Bernards?
Mismatched fights such as this, though an entertaining thought, are a thing of legend. No sanctioned arena may ever promote or engage in fights in which the competitor’s weight differential is greater than ten pounds (fifteen pounds for championship semi-finals). Such obviously one-sided matches may be a big seller in most markets, but it is frowned upon by the league and outcomes from such fights are not permitted against the standing records of an athlete. If you wish to host a mismatch fight, you must request a waiver in writing (form 189-07) within the seven day period following the fight, and weight differentials in excess of 22-pounds will not be considered. Failure to do so will incur a fine of $126 to $481 per match.
Don’t any of the dogs die in competition?
Well, all dogs die eventually.
What happens to the dogs that don’t win?
Since 2005 we’ve participated in an ecologically conscious worldwide effort, by which all athletes, upon retirement, are composted for the greatest good of the communities we serve, as well as the world in which we live in.
Is it true that “winners don’t use drugs”?
Unfortunately, until our case in Florida is settled, we’re not at liberty to discuss this matter.
Do you really force old dogs to fight?
No dog is ever “forced” to do anything. We do offer a “golden years” division in which coaches are allowed to enter an assortment of athletes in the waning days of their lives. The cost of putting an animal down can be a burden on some families, so we offer an easy, cost-free way to put animals to sleep in the most natural environment possible; the death match. Losing animals are put forever to rest, usually within mere minutes, and winners are put down usually within three to five matches, though they could technically prove you wrong about how much spring is left in their step. We witnessed a Retriever/Labrador go through seven rounds in Tampa last year before finally succumbing to the blood loss. For many, these last hours of life will be the hallmark by which their beloved pet is forever remembered.
Are there door prizes?
Every ticket sold for admission is an entry into a drawing for one of many fabulous prizes, including dinner gift certificates, official baseball caps, and a DVD copy of “Best of Canine Combat, Deluxe Edition”. Certain restrictions and limitations apply, void where prohibited.
Is it true that diseased animals are used for fights?
No animal is permitted to compete unless it has been given a clean bill of health by a properly trained medical professional, with the exception of the Golden Years league, which not only permits an assortment of ailments, but frankly encourages it. Golden Years athletes are not eligible for points or ranking, but can provide wonderful excitement as an opening for the main event, especially when it’s a gamey Setter against a rabid German Shepherd.
Will there be a concession stand?
Though not required by league rules, almost every arena is outfitted with a top-notch concession stand, complete with hot and cold foods, beverages, and an assortment of candies, as well as commemorative items like shirts, jackets, caps and season programs featuring the year’s most promising athletes.
Is smoking allowed?
Since arenas fall outside the domain of “public places”, smoking is permitted, and even encouraged, thanks to a generous donation by our biggest sponsor, Philip Morris. Many states have banned smoking in public places, but since our arenas are private clubs, organizations, churches or research facilities, you are free to chomp away on your costly cigar or your deep discounted GPC generics.
How can I find a schedule of upcoming events?
We’ve made it easier than ever to find shows in your town thanks to our daily schedule of events. Due to legal concerns, we can not provide information for more than three to five events at a time, but our handy schedule should get you started.
How come I can’t find addresses for upcoming events?
Due to increasing pressure from so-called “animal rights” groups, we’re no longer able to provide addresses to fights on our site. However, since most events attract hundreds, if not thousands of spectators, you should be able to locate the nearest event by asking around through taxi drivers and other such people “in the know”.
How can I learn more about the personal lives of my favorite coaches?
Coaches, trainers and franchisees have all been instructed not to give out their last names, so unfortunately, at this time, the only way to learn more about them is by purchasing a season program, available for $29.95 through our official league store. Not all coaches and animals will be listed, since it’s an annual publication and turnover can be very high, especially among athletes, but it will detail many of your favorites, and some you’ll just come to know once you buy it.
How much does it cost?
Tickets are among the most affordable in all of the sporting world at only $89 each. Bear in mind that there are certain restrictions on underage spectators and women, but waivers may be available in each case. Please direct inquiries to your local arena if you have any questions or concerns prior to an event.
I’m with the media, can I get complimentary tickets?
Unfortunately, our league guidelines prohibit any members of the media from attending events. It’s nothing personal, but rules are rules, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Can I volunteer at an upcoming event?
Absolutely! Volunteers enjoy complimentary admission to events, up-close access to their favorite contestants and coaches, and receive a free “STAFF” shirt to wear for the duration of the event. Contact your local event coordinator for details and to get the necessary waivers to participate.
How old is the sport of Canine Sport Fighting?
It has existed since the beginning of time, really. Dogs fight, it’s in their nature. We, as people, have no business stopping it, but if your kid needs braces or you’re falling behind on your mortgage, there’s no law that says you can’t cash in on the primal instincts of man’s best friend. Sure, there are actually those laws, but they’re not set in stone as much as printed on paper, so there’s still room to wiggle a bit, especially if you’ve covered your bases up front, which we are willing to help you do.
Who’s in charge of the league?
The league was founded in 1997 by a young entrepreneur, we’ll call him Kris, who now lives overseas in a self-imposed exile. It’s not that he can’t come back to the United States (or that he can’t divulge his real name), but just that it would be a very, very bad idea if he did. “Kris” was a man of vision, a man who loved animals as much as he loved his own professional aspiration as an Ultimate Fighter. He never performed well as a fighter, but always looked to improve the lives of people, as well as dogs.
When he founded the Canine Combat League, he received so much love, thanks and support from the community he served that he felt there was no choice but to make it an international sport, earning several million dollars in the first few years alone. Due to poor financial planning and less-than-sound tax advice, those riches were soon erased and he sold the league to a Portuguese retirement fund, who still own the company today. Don’t worry though, Kris is still actively involved in many aspects of the competition from anonymous telephone numbers and secure, private internet connections with double-redundant IP switches to insure his location is not discovered.
What do I do if the police crash the event?
While only your attorney can properly advise you in such situations, it may be advisable to have false identification on hand, as well as a very convincing story pertaining to that identification. Act cool and collected, and if arrested, volunteer no information of any kind.
How do you know when a fight is over?
The official referee is permitted to enter the cage only after the victorious dog has released his clutch on the neck of the defeated participant. At that time the arena official will declare the victor, and bets may be settled accordingly.
Is there an international league?
The canine combat series is even bigger internationally than in the United States, with strong showings in Belize, Ukraine, Chad and many nations in the South Pacific. If you’re planning a visit overseas, check out your guidebook to find events in your area. There are plans starting in 2008 to host a worldwide tournament in Las Vegas, though dates have not yet been set.
If violence is so bad, how come it’s so popular?
If God wanted to stop death-matches, do you think he’d allow the massacres in Darfur, Somalia and Iraq to go on without consequence? Animals die, it’s what they do, but some are bred just to be killed. Your local fish hatchery isn’t wrong for breeding thousands of fish just to release them for the sport-kill of licensed fishermen. This is barely different, except that instead of the Department of Fish & Game taking the $32 a head, you’ll get to keep it. Never mind the brutality suffered to put a steak on your table, eggs in your omelet or that gorgeous panda fur you wear around your neck while shopping for ivory.
** Not guaranteed.