Staffordshire Bull Terrier Info & Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breeders
Staffordshire Bull Terriers originate from the Staffordshire region of England. Also known as Staffies (Staffy) or Staffords, they were originally bred in the early 19th century from the Bulldog and English White Terrier (which is now extinct) for bull and bear baiting. Staffordshire Bull terriers are a wonderful all-purpose companion dog, especially for families with children. They’re a breed that loves to learn and work, and have a tendency to become bored and destructive quickly. They excel in sports for this reason but otherwise a wonderful and loving breed.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Temperament
Staffordshire Bull Terriers are highly intelligent, very curious dogs that enjoy attention. They are brave and not afraid to take risks, and are often described as being boisterous. They are known to be affectionate, friendly and gentle towards humans (especially children), and make great therapy dogs. They can be aggressive towards other dogs. While the breed has a reliable temperament, they have an independent streak and can be stubborn at times.
Ideal Home for a Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Families with children are well suited to the Staffy, given their good nature with children. This breed requires human companionship and so should not be left alone or outside for long periods of time. They also thrive on attention so owners should have sufficient time to play with their dogs. Given the energetic nature of this breed, owners should also be prepared to exercise their dog on a daily basis otherwise they can be prone to boredom and misbehave.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers need to be very well trained as early as possible to prevent the dog from becoming unruly, so their owner should be committed to provide training as early as possible. When training, the owner should be prepared to be consistent but also affectionate.
How Much Space and Exercise Does a Staffordshire Bull Terrier Need?
Given Staffordshire Bull Terriers’ athleticism, abundance of energy and high intelligence, regular exercise is a must so that these dogs can remain mentally and physically fit and do not become destructive. This exercise can include fetching a ball, running or walking alongside an owner or any other type of physical activity that challenge them mentally and physically. However, these dogs are sensitive to heat and so should not exercise excessively when it is hot.
This breed does not require too much maintenance. They have little odour and so bathing is not required on a regular basis - monthly is enough. A good brushing over weekly to remove any dead or loose hair and will keep the coat shiny. Dirt will come out very easily upon brushing, given the short length and smoothness of the dog’s coat.
General Facts about Staffordshire Bull Terriers
A fully grown Staffordshire Bull Terrier is medium sized and grows to be approximately 36-41 cm tall with a weight of around 13-17 kg (male) or 11-15 kg (female). They are very muscular, athletic and quick on their feet. They have a short head and snout, with a broad skull, pronounced cheek muscles and a wide, strong jaw. This breed has a medium length, but strong, tail which is carried low.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Coat and Coat Colours:
The Staffy coat is very short, smooth and lies close to its skin. It comes in a variety of colours including red, fawn, white, black, brindle, blue or any of these colours with white.
Thanks to Carmen Milne - STEPPENWOLF STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIERS for great pics - Rbiss Steppenwolf Harley Quinn ''Keeley'' and pup Steppenwolf J'Taime (AI) "Jolie"
Potential Health Issues in Staffordshire Bull Terriers
Staffy Fun Facts
- This breed is known for its love of and protection of children and they are nicknamed the ‘nanny dog’ in England.
- Staffords look more fierce than they really are and are sometimes mistaken for Pit Bulls. Despite having what some people consider a menacing look, Staffy's are not even the slightest bit aggressive. Their stocky build, strong head, and intense eyes give them a somewhat fierce look but they are not a vicious breed.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier FAQ's
How should Staffies be trained?
Staffordshire Bull Terriers should start to be trained and socialised with other dogs as early as possible to encourage good behaviour. Despite this breed being extremely trustworthy, they still have a fighting instinct and may be aggressive towards other dogs if not trained properly.
This breed is very intelligent and can learn quickly, although can be stubborn when being trained. Consequently, the trainer should be strict, strong, clear, and consistent to get the best training outcome.
Do Staffies bark a lot?
Staffies are not prone to excessive barking. If they bark a lot it is usually due to things that can and should be addressed eg: boredom, separation anxiety, frustration/lack of sufficient exercise, attention-seeking or territoriality.
How often do Staffordshire Bull Terriers shed?
Although this breed sheds heavily once a year, they otherwise shed very little.
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