Bull Baiting and bear baiting are favorite entertainment activities in Great Britain centuries ago. Not only commoners but the royalty indulge in this cruel sports. Agile and ferocious dogs are developed to have excellent fighting skills as they will be pitted against bigger animals. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier from where Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier was developed is one of these fighting dog breeds. Having a fighting dog breed for an ancestor, the Irish Staff also known as Irish Staffie is believed to have the ferocious temperament of its ancestor. Would this make the Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier an unsuitable choice for a pet?
An Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier is not a large breed but the dog has an impressive well muscled and strong boned body. An impressive strength is one of the admirable qualities of this breed. Potential dog owners would think twice about getting this dog breed for a pet because of the intimidating appearance as well as its dog fighting ancestry. The dog can be a ideal pet but would-be owners would need to understand the history of the breed.
During the early 19th century bulldogs were crossed with terriers for the purpose of creating a dog breed that would excel in bull baiting. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was developed, a breed made notable by its ability to defeat a bull in seconds. Dog fighting has replaced bull baiting and bear baiting when these cruel sports were banned by a law enacted in 1835. From the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, a leggier but leaner dog breed was developed. Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier was born.
Surprisingly, the dog that was once used in dog fighting has turned a new leaf and become ideal home companions. An Irish Staff though has an inherent ferociousness thus it would not be a good choice for a first time dog owner. This dog is fearless, reckless, hard to housebreak, chews a great deal and has the propensity to jump from great heights.
The dog would make an ideal pet that is affectionate and tolerant of the children as well as loyal to all the member of the family if from the start the owner has manifested his being the leader of the pack. The owner of an Irish Staffie has to obedience train and socialize the pet as early as possible to make the friendly, lively and affectionate personality of the dog come to the fore. An active family is the ideal owner of this dog so that it will be provided with sufficient opportunities to exercise.