The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is loyal, courageous, bold and boisterous. Staffordshire Bull Terriers get along well with children and can handle rough play. They are likely to be aggressive towards other dogs and are wary of strangers. They should be socialized with other household pets while they are young to prevent problems once they are fully grown. Staffordshire Bull Terriers learn quite quickly and are generally obedient, but they can be stubborn. They need firm training to control their natural fighting and guarding instincts. When properly trained Staffordshire Bull Terriers make devoted, loyal pets that are also excellent guard dogs and watch dogs.
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The coat of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is easy to keep in optimum condition. Occasional grooming with a rubber brush will remove the loose hairs and keep the coat looking healthy.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier needs plenty of exercise to maintain it's correct muscle tone. They have an average demand for exercise and enjoy retrieving objects or playing in the backyard.
In the early 19th century, the mining locals of Staffordshire wanted a suitable dog for pit fighting. They crossed the Bulldog with the old English terrier, to achieve strength, spirit, tenacity and agility in a dog. Back in those days these dogs were known as the Bull and Terrier or the Half and Half. They were not savage by nature, but with training from puppyhood to fight and battle, they soon fulfilled the role of the fighting dog for their masters.
General Appearance: Muscular, strong and solid.
Color: Black, brindle, fawn, red, white, blue with or without white markings.
Coat: Short, smooth and close.
Tail: Set low, tapering, carried low and of medium length.
Ears: Small and either half-pricked or rose-shaped folding back.
Body: The body is solid and muscular with a level topline. The ribs are well-sprung with a broad chest and powerful shoulders. The forelegs are widely set and the loins are more lightly built than the shoulders.
- The Staffordshire Bull Terrier has many of the characteristics of a larger dog and is therefore a good choice for anyone who would like one but do not have the space for it.
- The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is well known for it's courage and fearless nature and is certainly a dog that would be willing to defend its owner and house to it's death.