The Staffordshire Bull Terrier!

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier comes in various identifications – English Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Staffordshire, Stafford, or simply, Staffie. It is among the most popular breeds in the United Kingdom. Its muscular built, broad head, and strong jaws reflect its immense strength. It has round brown eyes, black nose, and short muscular neck. Its front legs are spaced wide apart. Its coat is short, dense but smooth, and comes in various colors.

Some Quick Facts:


Life Expectancy:
13-16 years

Energy Level:
Average

Living Conditions:
Fine for apartments, but should have small yard.

Barking:
Average

Exercise Needs:
Needs high-intensity activities to tone muscle.

Breed Group:
Terrier

Size:
Medium-Small

Height:
14 to 16 inches

Weight:
25-38 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
Black, blue, fawn, red, or brindle, often with white markings.

National breed club:
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of America

Breeder Interview:
Staffy Breeder Interview

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Skills

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was developed in Staffordshire, England in the 19th century by crossing bulldogs and terriers. This breed has been known for its tenacity and courage. It was originality bred for bull baiting, a sport popular in England. When the Humane Act of 1835 was issued, dog fighting became unlawful and people preserved the Staffordshire breed by presenting it in shows. These days, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier ranks well in competitions for agility and obedience. Those entered into competitions have undergone extensive training and discipline, for this breed is usually difficult to housebreak.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Personality

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is the perfect dog to socialize with humans and is sometimes referred to as a “human” in doggy fur. This dog is so passionate in all activities, whether playing, working, or in socializing with humans. As a pup, the Staffordshire likes to chew a lot (hence, it develops a strong jaw). Bright and nimble, it can be trained for agility and obedience. It responds to challenges and various activities. It adores people, especially children. It can get along fine with other household pets but can be aggressive and combative with other dogs.

Exercise Needs

This stamina-filled, muscle-laden breed requires a lot of exercise such as walking but be sure to keep it on leash in public places.

Living Conditions

This breed is okay to live an apartment with a small yard, for its regular exercise needs.

Grooming Requirements

Its short and smooth hair requires minimal grooming. Using a firm bristle brush, make it a habit to comb this dog every day.

Health Issues

The Staffie can be prone to cataracts, gas problems (e.g. flatulence), over heating, and sometimes, to hip dysplasia.

If you liked this dog…

...for its inner stamina and powerful form, go for the American Staffordshire Terrier instead. The Am Staff is bigger than the Staffie, but is very agile. Its strong form and aggressive appearance deceptively hides its good-nature qualities – being a very affectionate and amusing dog loved by its human family especially the kids.

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