Dogs rip chunks from each and their fur turns blood red in vicious arena fighting while young children film the action on their smartphones in Kyrgyzstan
- Vicious dog fights between shepherd breed took place at an arena in the capital of Bishkek on Sunday
- Central Asian Shepherds, or Alabai, ripped chunks of fur from each other and yelped as they bled
- Fighting was watched by a broad audience, including little boys and girls, some filming on smartphones
- Breeders claim the fights are necessary to test the animals' guarding instinct and ability to protect herds
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Horrific photos of dog fighting in Kyrgyzstan have revealed the sport still attracts an enthusiastic audience, including small children, to watch yelping beasts rip chunks out of each other.
The barbarous bouts were staged at an arena in the capital city of Bishkek on Sunday with owners marshalling their colossal Central Asian Shepherds in bloody fights.
Many of the spectators, including children, filmed the fights on their smartphones with white fur soon turning blood red.
The huge dogs, weighing up to 220lbs and known locally as Alabai, are pitted against each other to test their worthiness, breeders claim.
Breeders say they must prove the dogs' worth to potential buyers who risk having their livestock decimated by wolves and foxes if they pick the wrong animal.
Though they are severely bloodied in the scraps, the dogs do not fight to the death but are hauled off each other once the dominant animal has made itself known.
Dog fighting, despite being outlawed across the world, remains a national tradition in Kyrgyzstan, as it is throughout the region where the Central Asian Shepherd is kept, including Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan.
Two white-coated Central Asian Shepherd Dogs, turned blood red, gnash at each other's faces while one of the marshals watches on at the arena in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan on Sunday
Men stand behind a metal barrier as they watch two of the hulking dogs leap up at each other, drool coming from their mouths as they try to bite each other at the arena in Bishkek today
Two of the heavyweight dogs try to clamber on top of each other during one of the dog fights on Sunday, the dogs could be seen ripping chunks of fur out of each other
Two of the powerful shepherd dogs lunge at each other, their teeth clashing in the struggle while local residents watch on. Breeders say they must prove the dogs' worth to potential buyers who risk having their livestock decimated by wolves and foxes if they pick the wrong dog.
One of the dogs gets hold of another's ear during the brutal battle in Bishkek while specatators film on their smartphones, some of them just young boys
Owners haul their dogs apart by their hindquarters at the fighting in Bishkek on Sunday, behind the fence youngsters, including a little girl, watch the archaic combat
Two of the alabai dogs are caught in mid-air during their ferocious engagement, having rebounded off each other as they sought to take the upper hand