Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Description
Although small in size, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a very muscular, sturdy dog in terms of build. These compact dogs have an alert expression, and small ears that fold to the side of the head. The coat of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is smooth, short, and close fitting. The coloring of the coat can vary, and includes black, white, fawn, red, blue and brindle, often with white markings. In terms of height the Staffordshire Bull Terrier stands at around 14-16 inches. These dogs weigh in at 24-35 pounds for females, and 28-38 pounds for males.
Strong willed, spirited, and energetic, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a dog that loves the attention and companionship of his family. These little yet sturdy dogs have plenty of devotion, love, and loyalty to give to their owners. Although the Staffordshire Bull Terrier does not tend to bark a lot, he is an alert dog - and although he may not necessarily try and chase away an intruder he would defend his loved ones fiercely if anyone tried to harm them. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier loves spending time with his family, and could be construed as a little clingy - he is certainly not the right choice for those with little time to devote to a pet. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier has strong impulses and can be headstrong, so he is best suited to those with some experience of dog ownership. Consistent, firm, and positive training from a confident, assertive owner is important.
Early socialization is necessary to promote a stable, even temperament in the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. You will need to provide these dogs with a good amount of exercise, as he does have bags of energy. He is a very good digger and jumper, so a securely fenced, safe area is essential when he is not on a leash. These dogs love to chew, so you should invest in appropriate toys in order to save your belongings. Bred for dog fighting, the fighting instinct in the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is strong, and he may challenge other dogs. However, with proper socialization he will get along okay with other household dogs and cats. These dogs get along well with strangers, and are very good with children who are older and gentle.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a low maintenance dog, which is good news for those with little time to dedicate to grooming. An occasional brushing will keep his coat in good condition. He does shed, and his coat sheds more heavily on a seasonal basis, so he may not be ideal for those with allergies.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier originated around the 19th century in the region of Staffordshire, England.
They were created from crossing Bulldogs and Terriers of the time. The resulting puppies became known as the Bull and Terrier, or the Pit dog. They were introduced around the time of bull baiting and were used for this purpose. At this time bear, bull and even lion fighting was also popular and as a form of entertainment, these dogs were put into a pit and forced to fight. With increased awareness of animal welfare, these fights were outlawed in the 1800's. Once fights were outlawed, a group of men from Staffordshire, England, wanting to preserve the breed, introduced it into the showing world.
Private dog on dog fighting still existed in spite of it being outlawed. These dogs had to be handled by their owners, so were bred to be trustworthy with humans and aggressive towards other dogs. Although they excelled in the fighting ring, known for being ferocious and courageous, they still made excellent family pets, adoring especially the children.
Over the years, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier has become a popular pet retaining the attributes of years of fighting, bred for tenacity, and courage and most of all their reliability and love for people, in particular kids.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a very intelligent dog and learns very quickly. These dogs get bored quite easily so continuous stimulization is a must. To curb chewing of your furniture and belongings, provide the dog with suitable chew toys, such as bones or a Kong. Lots of exercise also prevent boredom and keep the dog relaxed and happy. A tired dog is a happy dog. Crate Training is also suggested, this keeps the dog safe and content while its owner is away.
Staffies are a dominant breed and extra socialization is needed to prevent aggressiveness. Early contact with other dogs, cats and small animals is important. Puppies tend to get along with everybody and everything, but as the dog grows older, aggressive tendencies towards other dogs may become evident. It is also important to ensure that training is done in a positive, patient manner. You must be able to control you dog and it must be aware that you are boss. If the dog sees himself higher on the scale than you, he may become difficult and hard to train. Staffordshire Bull Terriers love to please; they excel in obedience and agility and would do quite well in fly ball.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a relatively hardy and healthy breed with just a few health problems to look out for. This includes entropion, cataracts, HD, and thyroid problems. Care should be taken in extreme temperatures, as this is a short haired breed that will not fare well in extremely cold or hot environments. The parents of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier has a life expectancy of around 12-14 years.