Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Appearance

A small to medium sized Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Quick Summary
Also Known AsStaffie
OriginEngland
LineagePedigree
SizeSmall-medium
Height (at withers)14-16in (35.5-41cm)
Weight25-38lbs (11-17kg)
Hair Colour(s)Varies
Lifespan12-14 years
Energy LevelMedium
Litter size4-6
SheddingMedium
GroomingLow
Barking TendencyMedium
Exercise requirementsMedium
Ease of trainingMedium
Suitability for kids Medium
Animal compatabilityLow
Aggression levelsHigh
Distress if leftMedium

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a powerfully built and compact dog. The body is low to the ground and very muscular, with a deep and broad chest with well sprung ribs, a level topline, fairly short and sturdy legs set widely apart, and a low-set tail. The muscular head is broad with very strong jaws, round brown eyes, black nose, and small ears that fold to the side of the head. The dense coat is short and smooth, and the coluring varies and includes black, blue, fawn, red, and brindle, often with white markings.

Temperament

Staffordshire Bull Terriers are spirited and energetic dogs with fairly strong-willed natures. Despite their fighting past, they are social dogs that love attention and companionship and can make devoted and loyal companions and family pets. Early socialisation is essential with these dogs in order to promote stable and even temperaments, and they also require plenty of exercise because they have bags of energy. They also love to chew, especially as puppies, and so appropriate toys should be provided to safeguard belongings. Nimble and intelligent, they are relatively straightforward to train but are also impulsive and can be headstrong, and so are best suited to those with some experience of dog ownership and training rather than novices, as owners will need to be confident and assertive. Staffordshire Bull Terriers tend to be fine with older, more considerate children they have been raised with. With proper socialisation they can get along with other household dogs and cats, but their fighting instincts have to be monitored as they can be aggressive and combative with other dogs. These dogs also get along well with strangers, and although they do not tend to bark much and are not good watch dogs, they would defend their loved ones fiercely if the occasion arose.

History & Skills

Staffordshire Bull Terriers originate from England, and were develped in in Staffordshire the 1800s by crossing English Bulldogs and Terriers. Well known for their tenacity and courage, these dogs were originally bred for bull baiting, which was a popular sport at the time. When this was outlawed, the breed was preserved as a show dog. These days they do well in competitions for agility and obedience, and are used as companions and pets.

Breed Specific Ailments

Staffordshire Bull Terriers tend to live between 12-14 years and are considered to be a pretty hardy and healthy breed. Some of the health problems noted in the breed include entropion, cataracts, hip dysplasia and thyroid problems. They can be prone to flatulence and care is needed in extreme temperatures, as these are short haired dogs.

Grooming

Staffordshire Bull Terriers are medium shedders that also shed more heavily on a seasonal basis, and so are not be suitable for those with allergies. Their grooming requirements are low, and the short and smooth coat simply needs occasional brushing to remove dead hair and keep it in good condition.

Exercise & Environment

Staffordshire Bull Terriers tend to live indoors and can be suitable for small homes, such as apartments. This muscle-laden breed requires a lot of exercise, and so will need a secure outside area, such as a yard or garden, for play, plus a daily walk. They must be kept on a leash in public places, and yards and gardens must be secure because they are good diggers and jumpers.

Recognition

FCIFCI - Federation Cynologique Internationale
KCThe Kennel Club (UK)
AKCAKC - American Kennel Club

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