Irish Bull Terrier

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Irish Bull Terrier
Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier.jpg
Other names Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Irish Staffie
Origin Ireland
Coat smooth, thin, single
Color Various
Litter size 5–10
Life span 8-15 years
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The Irish Bull Terrier, also known as the Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier, is a breed of dog directly descended from the longer-legged original Staffordshire Bull Terrier.[1][2] This dog was bred primarily for both dog fighting and ratting.[3] In addition, the Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier was used for coursing wild boar, badger, fox and other game.[1]


The Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier is its own breed with its own history.[1][4] The breed is not well known outside of Ireland and parts of England.[3] This breed is unrecognized by any kennel clubs, yet they remain popular and have good breeding.[3] The American Pit Bull Terrier was originally bred from the Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the English Staffordshire Bull Terrier.[3]

Several dog related organizations recognize the Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier, including the Dog Registry of America, Inc., Intercontinental Kennel Club, and the United National Kennel Club.[2]

Fictitious breed[edit]

Some news reports have stated that the Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a fictitious breed used to circumvent the United Kingdoms Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.[5] Furthermore, people consider the breed to be an American Pit Bull Terrier with an Irish nomenclature to protect them from breed-specific legislation bans.[1] However, the reality of the situation is the Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier was one of the progenitors used to create the American Pitbull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier.[1]


There is no weight restriction for the Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier; however, they are not heavy dogs.[3] For example, one may look like an English Staffordshire Bull Terrier and another like a pit bull.[3]

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