The Staffordshire Bull Terrier a British breed of short-haired terrier of medium size, originated in Birmingham and the Black Country of Staffordshire. It is the direct descendant of the cross-bred bull and terrier from the Old English Bulldog and the Old English Terrier. The breed’s ancestors were bred primarily for the blood sports of dog fightingand rat-baiting.
With the introduction of legislation criminalising dogfighting in 1835 and again in 1911, attitudes changed which resulted in generations of responsible breeding and further breed refinement of the Stafford as a family pet and companion dog. The Stafford’s association in early 19th century as a fighting dog made it difficult for the breed to gain recognition by the Kennel Club in the United Kingdom but was eventually added to their purebred registry in 1935.
The first Boxer club was founded in 1895, with Boxers being first exhibited in a dog show for St. Bernards in Munich the next year. Based on 2013 AKC statistics, Boxers held steady as the seventh-most popular breed of dog in the United States for the fourth consecutive year. According to the AKC’s website, though, the boxer is now the 11th-most popular dog breed in the United States.
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