To the me dogs of war tag was coined for our nineties team because they showed great fighting spirit which compensated for the lack of footballing ability of the majority of our players. We had few players of genuine quality when we won the FA cup which I believe was at the height of the dogs of war era.
Heitinga isnn't a dogs of war type player. He is far more skillful and classy to be branded that. Yes he has a firebrand temperament and doesn't shit out of tackles but he is far more Roy Keane than carsley