The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is acknowledged
to be a British breed dating back at least 175 years. However, because
breeding records of that time were virtually non-existent, the exact
breeds that were combined to create the Staff are unknown. Courage,
not show points or pedigrees, was all that mattered to the dogs'
breeders, for the Staff was bred to be a fighter even as late as
1930, well after the time when dog fighting had been outlawed in
Britain. Fortunately, times have changed. Although the Staff will
rise to the occasion if provoked, no breed is more tractable or
more trustworthy with children.While facts as to his heritage are
few, dog historians believe that the breed descends from the mastiff
of ancient times, of which there were two types-a large and a small.
From the latter, it is thought, came the Old English Bulldog which
when crossed with one or more terrier breeds, produced the Bull
and Terrier, the dog which is today called the Staffordshire Bull
Terrier. This is not entirely conjecture on the part of the historians.
If old-time breeders were careless record keepers they left behind
them enough portraits and drawings of their more noteworthy dogs
to give credence to this reasoning. Early in the 1930s and perhaps,
as one writer suggests, because the law was making things difficult
for the dog fighting fraternity, a group of fanciers led by Joseph
Dunn determined to raise the status of the Bull and Terrier and
have it officially recognized by The Kennel Club. In 1935 they succeeded.
All that remained to be done was to select a suitable name. That
of Bull Terrier had already been given to a closely related breed,
so it was decided to name the breed for the English county where
it was most popular (as well as being the home area of its patrons).
The breed has become very popular in Britain and frequently accounts
for the largest terrier entry at prestigious championship dog shows.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was officially recognized by The
Canadian Kennel Club in 1953, followed some years later by the United
American Staffordshire Terrier
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Staffordshire Bull Terrier
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