Irish Bull Terrier
Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier|
|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. This dog was bred primarily for both dog fighting and ratting. In addition, the Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier was used for coursing wild boar, badger, fox and other game.
The Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier is its own breed with its own history. The breed is not well known outside of Ireland and parts of England. This breed is unrecognized by any kennel clubs, yet they remain popular and have good breeding. The American Pit Bull Terrier was originally bred from the Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the English Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
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.
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. Furthermore, people consider the breed to be an American Pit Bull Terrier with an Irish nomenclature to protect them from breed-specific legislation bans. 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.
There is no weight restriction for the Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier; however, they are not heavy dogs. For example, one may look like an English Staffordshire Bull Terrier and another like a pit bull.
- Barker, Shaun. (2000). Staffordshire Bull Terriers (English and Irish). Northbrook Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-1857362428
- Darcy, Jonathan. (2010). DEAD GAME: Irish Strong Dogs of Old. Darcy Books. (Darcy's book provides the history and evolution of the Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier.)
- Molosser Dogs: Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Dog Breed Information and Pictures
- Jenkins, R. & Mollett, K. (1997). The Story of the Real Bulldog. (Pg. 143-144) Tfh Pubns Inc. ISBN 978-0793804917
- Spartan Dogs - Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- The Daily Telegraph: Trade in 'Irish' pit bulls flouts dog law