I don’t think there is a more famous group of breeds in the world today than the four Bull and Terrier breeds – the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier. All four of these breeds descend from the many combat dogs that had been bred in Britain and Ireland for centuries. There was a different type in every region that was known by a local name, these dogs had been created from crosses between small mastiffs, bulldogs, terriers and whippets/greyhounds.
The many different local combat dogs that could be found up and down Britain, went on to be the foundation dogs for the Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed that was registered in 1935 with the KC. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier name was chosen as the region of Staffordshire had the highest number of examples and the biggest breed club with the greatest influence over the breed.
In the 1950’s good KC registered Staffordshire Bull Terriers we’re taken across to Ireland where they were worked in the Irish trials ran by the IKC. These dogs were the foundation for the Irish Staffordshire Bull Terriers of today. The O’Flynn family from Cork and the Lee family from Dublin became synonymous with the Irish strong dog scene as both created their own line of working Staffs.
The O’Flynn’s original prefix was Evergreen and Farranree however both prefixes today are simply known as the O’Flynn strain.
The Lee family used the Lee and Diddycye prefix for their dogs. The Lee family also played a helping hand in creating the well known Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier line called Dublin Reds.