Staffordshire Bull Terriers are from the terrier family of dogs and were originally
bred for blood-sports such as bull baiting (tenderising the meat and spectator entertainment),
bear baiting and dog fighting. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was bred specifically
for fighting qualities and its diet would have been lean.
The amount and type of food will depend on the individual dog. A complete and balanced
diet is recommended to include raw meaty bones. If overfed and not exercised they
can quickly put on weight.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Temperament
Staffordshire Bull Terriers possess a high level of courage and ‘gameness’ which
actually makes them very good as family pets when combined with other attributes
(this is because most dogs bite out of fear). They are closely related to other Terriers
including the Pit Bull and have suffered because of the poor press received by this
breed. Their physical appearance makes them appear intimidating, but they are affectionate
and playful amongst friends.
A Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a highly intelligent creature and with good training
some would argue is the perfect family pet.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Appearance
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier has a strong muscular physique with an intimidating
hard jaw and face. Its broad skull, pronounced cheeks, muscular legs and smooth,
short straight-haired coat give an appearance of a powerful dog ready for action.
The UK Kennel Club standards ideal height is 36-41 cms for a male and 35-39 cms for
a female. Weight from 11-17 kgs.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers can be a variety of colours. The classic colours include
red, black, white, fawn, blue or any combination of these with white. It has a smooth
short coat and medium length tail.
With a powerful build, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier should look strong and muscular
and should move with an economy of effort.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Staffie) Facts
Staffordshire Bull Terrier History
Staffordshire Bull Terriers were bred in the UK for their ‘gameness’ which is to
say their courage, strength and skill at taking on other animals in combat. Their
lineage goes back to the bulldog and mastiff breeds. In order to gain a faster animal
it is thought that a Bulldog was crossed with a native Manchester Terrier to produce
a quick, powerful dog now known as the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
The Staffie continued to participate in underground dog fights after the Animal Welfare
laws were passed in 1835 and did not gain recognition from the British Kennel Club
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Known Disorders
Staffordshire Bull Terriers are prone to suffer from hip dysplasia and eye problems.