Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Facts
- AKC, CKC, UKC
- 14" - 16"
- 24-38 lbs.
- 14 years | Add yours
- Exercise Requirement
- Training Requirement
- Grooming Requirement
- Breed Characteristics
The Staffordshire bull terrier originated in Staffordshire, Great Britain.
Date Of Origin
This breed developed in the 1800's.
The Staffie is one of the bull and terrier crosses of the nineteenth century. It was developed for fighting and was once known as the old pit bull terrier. After dog fighting was made illegal, it developed into a companion. The Staffie arrived in the U.S. in the 1800's, where some lines were developed into today's American Staffordshire terrier. In England, it is known as the nanny dog because of its innate love of children.
The Staffordshire bull terrier is a medium size dog that gives the impression of great strength and power. It has a large, broad, wrinkled head with pronounced cheek muscles and a short fore face. The jaw is powerful and the nose is black. The eyes are dark and round. The medium sized ears are rose or semi-erect. Its straight well boned fore legs are set wide apart and the hindquarters are well muscled. The short smooth coat comes is white, fawn, black, red, blue or brindle.
The Staffie is a courageous, tenacious, and even tempered dog. It is extremely affectionate to people, especially children. It is often aggressive towards other dogs and has a strong prey drive.
Originally used for dog fighting, it later suffered several decades of decline. Returning in vogue in the twentieth century, it caught the interest of American dog enthusiasts. Today it is a wonderful companion dog.
The Staffie does best with a dog experienced owner that has time for him. It is adaptable to the country or the city.
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