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Old 09-09-2009, 05:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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The American Staffordshire Terrier

American Staffordshire Terrier is one unique breed that has evolved with time. With frequent name changes and changes in characteristic features, American Staffordshire Terrier has slowly but surely come of age and has gradually been inducted and later popularized as a breed to reckon with. The history of these dogs is also pretty interesting and is indeed worth knowing.

Bulldogs and terriers were breeds of dogs that were popular for centuries. But bulldogs were mainly used for several derogatory purposes like bull baiting. Bull baiting was immensely popular in those days and referred to as the glory game of baiting bulls by bulldogs. Later on some Britishers bred bull dogs with terriers so as to come up with a combination of agility and tenacity. What they gave rise to, came to be known as Staffordshire Terrier. The breed had other popular names as well namely Bull-and-Terrier Dog and Pit Dog. After the Human Ethics Act was passed in the 1830s, bull baiting was banned and people resorted to dog fighting and other aberrations of the game. These games required dogs of smaller size. So people started breeding bull dogs with white terriers and other breeds known for their aggressiveness and drive for catching prey.

In 1870s Staffordshire Terriers were exported to America. Once in America they came to be known as Pit dog and Pit Bull Terrier. Their agility and courage caught the fancy of many and this breed became very popular in America. Its name was later changed to American Bull Terrier and consequently to Yankee Terrier.......Read more

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