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Unleash the Dogs of War!

A Song of Joy by Caroline Furlong

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An illustration of Spanish war dogs in battle armor, which must have been similar to Becerrillo of Spanish conquistador fame. (Public domain).

Becerrillo: The Terrifying War Dog of the Spanish Conquistadors

Dogs have been used as powerful weapons of war for at least the last 3,000 years. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Persians, Sarmatians, Assyrians, Britons and Romans are all known to have used dogs in combat, or for scouts, sentries, trackers, or executioners. But the Spanish conquistadors employed war dogs on a scale that had rarely been seen before, and with devastating effect, and Becerrillo was their most prized weapon of war.

Origins of War Dogs

Often dubbed man’s best friend, dogs have been partnered with humans and used in warfare since their domestication more than 50,000 years ago. Not just for attacking, work hounds were used for protecting livestock or property, or for simple companionship.

The earliest written account of war dogs comes from a classical source regarding Alyattes, King of Lydia. The war…

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