Looking for a bold, tough breed that can challenge your training skills? The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is the perfect dog for active pet parents that love to train their lovable, furry friend. Read further and get to know one of the most fearless British dog breeds.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Dog Breed Basics
- Size: Medium
- Weight: 11-17kg
- Life expectancy: 12-14 years
- Classification: Terrier
- Good with other dogs: yes with socialization
- Good with kids: yes with training
- Good with cats: yes with socialization
History & Origin
During the 18th century, dogs would be pitied against each other in what is known as ‘bloodsports’. These included dog fights with bears, bulls, and other animals for entertainment. Bull and terriers were bred at the time to be enlisted in such sports which would test their strength, skill, and gameness. The ancestral foundation of the “Bull and Terrier” dog that was bred at the time introduced new breeds such as the Bull Terrier, the American Put Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, and finally, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
By 1835, these bloodsports were banned due to Britain introducing animal welfare laws.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier dog breed, also known as Stafford Staffie, is a muscular, medium-height dog with an agile body. Originally bred for dog fighting and bear-baiting, the Staffie dog has a wide head and folded ears.
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It comes in the following colors:
- Black & White
- Blue & White
- Brindle & White
- Fawn & White
- Red & White
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier can appear to be imposing with their strong and powerful stance. However, you’d be surprised to hear that the Stafford is a rather sensitive and loving dog. Despite being bred to be tough, the Staffie enjoys play and adventure over fighting and hostility. Stafford Staffies are very slobbery. Their drool is usually triggered by the scent of food, a condition also known as Pavlov’s reflex.
Staffies are highly intelligent, but they are also freethinkers that need firmer and more consistent training than that of a Goldie in order to be obedient. In addition, they also demand vigorous daily walks and play sessions to align with their energetic nature. Do not leave them outside; they are extremely affectionate and actively seek companionship.
Note: This breed is not recommended for first-time pet parents.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a Staffie a good family dog?
A Staffie makes a great family dog due to its affectionate nature. However, it is highly recommended that you train them well and firmly from a young age as well as socialize them early on with other dogs. They can turn out to be troubled and even aggressive if they are not taken care of properly.
Staffies make great family pets and are gentle, affectionate dogs that absolutely adore people and add happiness to many households around the world. But just like any dog in the wrong hands or with a bad experience they can become troubled or aggressive – because of that many countries have restricted or banned the ownership of this breed.
Are Staffordshire Terriers the same as Pit Bulls?
Not quite. They are different breeds but they are both descendants of the “Bull and Terrier” dog from the 18th century. Their main difference is in their appearance and size range.
Are Staffordshire Bull Terriers illegal?
A number of countries have banned or restricted ownership of Staffies as well as other British breeds such as the German Shepherd. The reason behind this lies in the fact that certain breeds have a higher potential to become aggressive if raised by the wrong hands.
Ownership of Staffies is banned in Germany, Switzerland and the Bermuda Islands, whereas certain restrictions apply in the following countries:
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