Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Dog Facts

Type:
Terrier
Energy:
Medium
Exercise Requirement:
Medium
Affection Level:
Very affectionate
Protection:
Moderately protective
Size:
Medium
Grooming Maintenance:
Low maintenance
Temperature Preference:
Temperate
Typical Lifespan:
12-14 years

About the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breed

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a short, wide, long dog, which gives it a low centre of gravity. It is very muscular and has a lot of strength, but it is still very agile. These are all traits specifically bred into the breed to make it the best pit fighting dog possible.

The coat of the Staffy is very short and smooth, which, before the practice of dog fighting was outlawed, helped to give very little for the dog's opponents to grab onto. The short hair highlights the bulky muscles of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and requires minimal grooming. It can be many different colours, from red, to white, to blue, to black, or any mix of these with white. It can also have a brindled pattern.

Despite having the build for a fight, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier often doesn't seek a fight out. It is a fun loving and loyal family pet, and loves humans. This is a left over, yet great, trait from its fighting days. The dog had to be amiable enough towards people that its aggressive fighting temperament was overwritten, so that it wouldn't turn aggressive towards its owners. This means the dog loves people, and is usually friendly towards strangers, but may be defensive and aggressive towards other dogs, if it isn't socialised well when young.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier needs a walk and a game every day, and access to a safe garden will be very beneficial. It doesn't cope exceptionally well with either warm or cold climates, but even in mild and temperate places, it should not be left to live outside because it craves human contact.

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