When confronted by The Telegraph, he denied that Irish Staffordshire bull terrier was code for pit bull. He said: "Irish Staffordshire bull terriers have been around for years. It's just old breeding. "There is no recognised Irish Staffordshire bull terrier breed," she said.
"What happens, however, is that people who fight dogs are using animals they call an Irish Staffordshire bull terrier but which are in fact like an American pit bull terrier. Mr Butcher said: "There is no such breed as an Irish Staffordshire bull terrier. This is a codename for an American pit bull."
Description. The Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a powerful and muscular dog, very strong for his size with a broad head and very strong jaws. The muzzle is short and the cheek muscles distinct. The stop is clearly defined.