Bulldogs and Terrier breeds respectively were …

Bulldogs and Terrier breeds respectively were developed to satisfy the needs for blood sports and vermin control in the 19th century.
At some point, the two breeds were crossbred with each other, this new breed combined the speed and dexterity of lightly built terriers with the tenacity of Bulldogs. Keep in mind, Bulldog breeds were bred almost exclusively for Bull and Bear baiting, tiring quickly although the beast were always tied to a post.

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Breeders and dog fighters argued the mixture would enhance the quality and appeal of fighting. There was no such thing as continuity and due to a lack of a standard, only performance was on their mind. This is where the eventual divide of the ancestors to Bull Terriers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers would begin, a smaller and easier to handle dogs than it’s predecessor.

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Enter James Hinks, the father of the Bull terrier. In the mid-19th century James Hinks began his own breeding of Bull and Terriers utilizing the now extinct English White Terriers as his basis searching for a dog with better legs, stamina, breathing ability, a nicer head and an overall cleaner appearance.

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Originally known as the Hinks Breed, in 1862 Mr. Hinks entered a dam called “Puss” sired by his white Bulldog “Madman" into the Bull Terrier Class at the dog show held at the Cremorne Gardens in Chelsea. These dogs did not yet have the now-familiar “egg face”, but kept the stop in the skull profile.

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These dogs were an immediate hit and breeding continued with a couple of catch’s Hinks wanted his dogs white with no stop in its skull so many other breeds were introduced specifically for this. The first modern Bull Terrier is now recognised as “Lord Gladiator”

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Although the Bull terrier would become a fighting dog in some circles, a popular one at that, it never took off as the Staffordshire terrier did. Even becoming more of a bait dog than a fighting dog. Today the breed is popular in commercial culture.
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