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Staffordshire Bull Terrier

The origin of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier can be traced back to the 17th century. As the sport of bull baiting declined in popularity in England and dogfights became more common, the need for a smaller and more agile fighting dog than the larger bulldog and mastiff that had been used became clear. Bulldogs were bred to reduce their size and eventually a cross between these smaller dogs and the Black and Tan Terrier resulted in the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Eventually dog fighting also began to lose its popularity and was finally outlawed in 1835. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier remained in favor with working class families, however, and soon after the ban on dog fighting a group of workers in the Staffordshire area attempted to preserve the breed by introducing it into the world of dog shows
. Below is a list if
Genetic Diseases that can be tested for:

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Hereditary Cataract

Australia / NZ statistics:
5.8% of dogs tested were either affected or clear of this disease - keep checking for updates

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L-2-hydroxyglutaric Aciduria

Australia / NZ statistics:
5.7% of dogs tested were either affected or clear of this disease - keep checking for updates

Please be aware that other genetic diseases or developmental abnormalities may still be present. A genetic test does not replace the need for ongoing clinical assessment by a veterinarian. Disease penetrance and clinical assessment of affected animals can only be performed by a qualified veterinarian.

Disease Statistics provided by breed club health committies and member bodies