The name Bullboxer Staff is a combination of the names of the dog’s parent breeds: the Boxer and The American Staffordshire Terrier, also known as the Pit Bull Terrier. There are many theories about where and when the Boxer parent originated. Theories range from ancient Tibet to 16th century France. For simplicity, however, it is commonly accepted that the Boxer is a Bulldog cousin. Boxers became a favorite in Germany during the 1800s and were developed as hunting and sporting companions. In the late 1800s, Germans made efforts to stabilize the breed. Eventually, Boxers gained fans in North America, and were registered by the AKC in 1904. Later, Boxers were used as guards and ammunition carriers in both World Wars. Soldiers returning to the United States from Europe eventually brought Boxers home as pets, which bolstered their popularity in North America. The other Bullboxer Staff parent, The American Staffordshire Terrier, became popular in early 1800s when it was developed in the English region of Shaffordshire for dogfighting. It was originally called the “Bull and Terrier” and was likely an Old English Bulldog and Terrier mix. Eventually, dogfighting was banned and the breed migrated to the United States where breeders sought to increase the dog’s weight and head size. This variety became known as the Pit Bull Terrier and was recognized by the AKC in 1936. In 1972, it was renamed as the American Shafford Terrier – though the Pit Bull nickname has stuck with the breed. Bullboxer Staffs may have been breed for decades given both parent breeds’ long history in the United States. However, they have only recently become recognized as a designer hybrid, though not by the AKC.