This is for Historic Purposes only. This is not to encourage dogfighting.
Rule 1: Size of pit, optional; to be square with sides 2 feet
high, scratch line 12 feet apart.
Rule 2: Referee to be chosen before the dogs are weighed
in or washed and referee to conduct the contest according to these rules and his decision to be final.
3: Referee to see the dogs weighed at time agreed on and if either dog is over top weight agreed on he loses the forfeit
Rule 4: Parties to toss coin to see who shall wash first, each party to furnish
two clean towels and a blanket.
Rule 5: If requested to do so the referee shall search
the person named to wash the dogs and then have him bare his arm to the elbow and wash both dogs in the same warm water and
rinse them each in his half of the warm clean water provided for that purpose.
As the dogs are washed clean and dried they shall be turned over to their handlers and at once taken to their corners of the
pit as designated by the referee and the referee must search handlers for means of foul play and see that he bares his arms
to the elbow before he receives his dog and must keep his arms bare in such a manner during the contest.
7: The dog's owner or his representative shall be allowed at all times to be near his dog and watch to see that no
harm is done him, and each owner shall be allowed to name a man or himself watch his opponent's dog and handler at all times
to see he is given no unfair advantage.
Rule 8: Either dog's owner, handler, or watcher
if he sees anything wrong must at once appeal to the referee and get his decision. And if any handler, watcher or owner violates
any of these rules and thereby favors either dog the dog so favored must at once be declared the loser.
9: The interested parties shall choose a timekeeper at the pit side.
Rule 10: The
dogs are placed in their corners of the pit, opposite corners, faces turned from each other and only the dogs and their handlers
inside the pit. Then the referee shall say, "Face you dogs". Each handler must always show his dog full head and shoulders
between his legs. The referee says, "Let go", but the handlers must never push or shove their dogs and handlers shall not
leave their corners until the dogs are together.
Rule 11: Now when one of the dogs turns
his head and shoulders away from his opponent after the fight is on it is a turn, whether they are in holds or free, and the
handler must claim the turn and the referee must allow the claim if he believes it is a turn or the referee must call the
first fair turn he sees whether the handler claims it or not and when the referee calls a turn he shall say, "Handle your
dogs", and each handler must pick up his dog as soon as he can without breaking a hold. Handlers carry their dogs to their
respective corners the referee shall say, "Face your dogs". Then the handlers must show their dog's head and shoulders between
their legs, facing the center of the pit. The dog that turned first must scratch first. In five seconds more the referee shall
say; "Let go", then the dog that made the first turn must be turned loose by his handler and this dog must go across and mouth
the other dog. If, when he is turned loose he refuses to start at once or is he stops on the way over, or if he fails to reach
his opponent must declare his opponent the winner. A handler is allowed to release his dog at anytime he sees fit after the
dog whose turn it is to cross has started over. He must turn him loose when the dogs touch each other. He is not compelled
to until then.
- If neither dog has made a turn and they cease to fight
after 60 seconds of no action the down dog is to scratch first, if he makes his scratch the fight is on and they shall scratch
in turns until the contest is decided.
- If the down dog fails to scratch the other dog is to scratch to win. If he
fails to scratch the contest shall be declared a draw by the referee.
- No handler is to handle his dog until ordered
by referee, if he does, it shall be called a foul and he is to forfeit the contest to his opponent.
- No flash pictures
or hitting on pit side shall be allowed unless agreed upon by the two contestants.
13: After the dogs are together this time either handler is allowed to pick up his dog when they are not in holds,
if ordered by referee. If he tries for a pick up and either dog has a hold he must turn him loose at once. If he catches his
dog up free both handlers must handle their dogs at once. Take their dogs to their corners and proceed same as at the first
turn, except this time the dog which went across before is allowed to remain in his corner while his opponent makes a scratch,
or goes across, and they alternate or take it turn about in this manner until one of them is declared the winner under these
rules. The referee pays no attention to the turns after the first scratch.
Rule 14: If
one of the dogs fangs himself, that is, if he gets his teeth hung in his own lip, his handler is allowed to un-fang him. If
the dogs have to be separated for this they are turned loose again, both at the same time within two feet of each other in
the center of the pit.
Rule 15: No sponging shall be allowed, and no towels or anything
else taken into the pit by the handlers except a bottle of drink for his dog and a fan to cool him with. The handlers must
taste their dogs drink before the referee to show that it contains no poison.
If the handler of either dog is seen to take anything from anyone on the outside of the pit he is to lose the battle. Each
party shall have the right to put a man near his opponent's corner to watch the handler. Should he see the handler put anything
on his dog he may appeal to the referee and if the referee finds anything on the dog he is to lose the battle.
Rule 17: Should either handler leave the pit with his dog before the referee renders his decision he
is to lose the battle.
Rule 18: The handlers shall be allowed to encourage their dogs by
voice or hand-clapping or snapping of fingers, but must not touch their dogs or use foul, dirty methods, by saving their dogs
from hard fall or keeping the other handler away from his dog, or in any other way act unfairly. The referee must decide the
battle against the one who does so.
Rule 19: Should the police interfere the referee to
name the next meeting place.