The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a medium-sized dog with a muscular build that originated in the Black County of Staffordshire. It is a crossbreed between the bulldog and the terrier. This mid-19th-century dog breed is commonly associated with the British dog fight pits of the 1900s. Its past indicates a history of bull and bear baiting, where these dogs faced off against bulls or bears in organized fighting pits. In 1985, animal cruelty rights were enforced, leading to the breeding cease.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers are hybrid dogs that were accepted as purebred dog breeds by the Kennel Club in 1935. They are medium-sized and muscular and resemble bulldogs. Despite their history as fighting dogs, they are generally considered gentle today and safe as a family pet choice.
· When Staffordshire Bull Terrier bull-baiting and bear-baiting were outlawed in the 1980s, the organizers moved the events to underground fights to avoid animal rights enforcers.
· Shortly before the American Civil War, immigrants from Great Britain brought their Bull Terriers into the USA; it was the ancestral predecessor of the American Terrier breed.
· After the animal rights enforcement, breeders stopped breeding Staffordshire Bull Terriers for bull and bear baiting and focused more on the temperamental attributes favoring dog show competitions.
· In 1935, the Kennel Club accepted the name Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the dog was accepted into the club as a purebred dog.