He was developed in the 19th century in England by crossing Bulldogs with various Bulldog-Terrier crosses and White English Terriers
It's believed Dalmatian and Greyhound may have also be used in his development
He was bred for fighting
Personality and Behavior
He's affectionate and likes to be fussed over and receive attention
He's very sweet and can be quite a clown
He's very strong, tough, and muscular
He's highly active and loves to play games especially with balls or toys
He doesn't bark unless there's a good reason to; so take note when he does
His threatening "look" make him an excellent guard dog
He's good with children and can become quite protective of them, but they should always treat him with respect
He's aggressive with other dogs and must be supervised with them; he may snap at any time and wont tolerate another dog being aggressive with him
He's not easy to train. You will need patience as he is slower than most to learn obedience commands.
He sheds quite a bit of hair. You'll find some hair stuck to your clothes, couch and carpets.
Grooming / Maintenance
His short coat only needs to be brushed occasionally. However, because it sheds you may find yourself brushing it once a week, or more, to minimize the hair in your home (what you remove with a brush doesn't end up on the couch!).