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Staffordshire Bull Terrier

A muscular, smooth-coated dog, the ever-popular Staffordshire Bull Terrier combines both 'bull' and 'terrier' in his physical appearance and gives the impression of strength and agility. 

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier will suit an owner or a family who want a full-on, enthusiastic, friendly dog that may well not have an off-switch! This is a dog who needs to be involved in everything and is always up for a game. But be aware they may not get on with other dogs, so owners will have to be prepared to socialise them and keep them on lead most of the time. 

12–14 years
Adult males weigh 13–17kg and females 11–15.4kg
Red, fawn, white, black or blue, brindle, or any of these with white
Kennel Club group
The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Extra training required
  • Need to be aware of potential health issues
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys more than two hours of walking a day
  • Medium dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Welcomes everyone happily
  • Might not like other dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a small garden
  • Can happily live in the city
  • Can be left occasionally with training
This breed may encounter health problems

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier dog breed is generally a very hardy breed but can suffer from: 
- Hip dysplasia 
-  Persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous which is a problem where the eye does not develop properly before birth. 
- Hereditary cataracts which is a condition where the lens in the eye becomes cloudy and this can result in blindness. 
- Skin allergies 
- L-2-hydroxyglutaric aciduria which is a metabolic disease that affects a dog's nervous system.
Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
- Eye screening scheme
- DNA testing for hereditary cataracts and L-2-hydroxyglutaric aciduria which tests whether or not a dog has the potential to be affected by this condition.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Appearance

With a sleek, smooth coat, the Staffie is fairly short, and relatively heavy for their size but despite their tough appearance, they are a very gentle dog breed. You’ll be able to spot one immediately, given their stocky build and bright, expressive eyes. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier colours are red, fawn, black, blue, brindle or any combination of these with white. 

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Personality

A well-bred, well-socialised the Staffordshire Bull Terrier should have an impeccable temperament and be especially good-natured (if not somewhat boisterous!) with people. With other dogs or animals, however, Staffordshire Bull Terriers can be less than friendly, though a great deal depends on his early socialisation and training. Some Staffordshire Terriers live perfectly happily with other dogs and cats, although others cannot be walked off-lead in areas where they might meet another dog. Early and ongoing socialisation is essential. 

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Fun Facts 

  • Developed originally by James Hinks of Birmingham, this breed was appearing at dog shows as early as 1862. But it wasn’t until the 1930s when it was recognised as being a separate breed from the Bull Terrier, and had a name change to distinguish the two, adding the county name where it had become so popular. 
  • One of the most popular events in the main ring at Crufts over the past few years has been the East Anglia Staffordshire Bull Terrier Display Team, who show their dogs doing everything from competitive agility, to tricks, to working with children. 
  • Staffies were once used for sports, such as bullfighting, due to their resilience and strength.  


Is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier the same as a Pitbull? 

No, Staffies are not the same as Pitbulls, despite the common misconception. Pitbulls, for example, are banned in the UK while Staffies are registered and recognized by the Kenner Club. 

How long should a Staffy be walked for? 

The average Staffordshire Bull Terrier needs at least an hour of daily exercise, and it’s recommended that it be a combination of running, playing, and walking. 

Are Staffordhire Bull Terriers intelligent? 

Yes, Staffies are generally considered to be highly intelligent, and they’re also independent thinkers, so they will want to do things their own way most of the time. 

Can Staffies be left alone? 

If they’re properly trained, Staffies can be left alone for an hour or two, but it’s best to leave them in a confined space, or a crate, where they would feel secure. 

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