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Staffordshire Bull Terrier

 

You might not expect a dog originally bred for fighting to be so wonderful with kids, but the Staffordshire Bull Terrier really is. Known to their fans as “Staffords” and “Staffies,” this breed is known to Brits as the Nanny Dog, for her gentle, loving manner toward children. While all dogs should be supervised with children and every dog is an individual, this breed is often eager to assume the role of nursemaid and loves her family deeply. Unfortunately, this breed has become a target of breed-specific legislation in some areas and acquiring home insurance may be more expensive for their families.

Originally from England, this medium-sized and medium-energy breed can grow to between 24-38 pounds and lives an average of 12-14 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Terrier group.

 

AKC RecognizedY
Breed's original pastimeHunting
OriginEngland
Breed groupTerrier
Average lifespan12-14 years
SizeMedium
Bark factorModerate
AKC Ranking92
Family Terrier
Date of origin1800s
Original function Vermin hunting
Today's functionCompanion
Average size of maleHeight: 18-19 Weight: 35-40
Average size of femaleHeight: 18-19 Weight: 35-40

 

Other nameNone
Energy level Medium energy
Exercise needs Medium
Playfullness Very playful
Affection level Very affectionate
Friendliness toward other dogs Shy
Friendliness toward other pets Friendly
Friendliness toward strangersFriendly
Ease of training Easy to train
Watchdog ability Medium
Protection ability Moderately protective
Grooming needs Low maintenance
Cold tolerance Low tolerance
Heat tolerance Low tolerance

BEHAVIOR & TRAINING

WHAT IS A STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER'S PERSONALITY LIKE?

Tenacious and stubborn, Staffords can be a bit…well, bullheaded. But they're also clever, playful, and surprisingly gentle with people — especially where children are involved. When properly stimulated and exercised, Staffordshire Bull Terriers make quite, trustworthy, reliable canine companions to their chosen people. However, not so much with other dogs. This dog prefers to be your only canine companion.

This breed has a well-developed comedic sense and a bottomless well of courage.

WHAT IS STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER BEHAVIOR LIKE?

Powerfully built, strong, and agile, Staffordshire Bull Terriers are rock-solid dogs. This somewhat active breed needs space to run and lots of exercise in a well-fenced area every day, or she will make her own fun. (Warning: her fun might start with your shoe closet or the arm of the sofa.) Staffords have powerful jaws and they like to chew, so keep plenty of sturdy, safe chew toys around. They also enjoy roughhousing and tugging games. Given this dog's physical strength, working with a trainer to establish appropriate play methods early on is a good idea.

HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER?

Intelligent and independent, Staffordshire Bull Terriers are going to make you work for it. Be patient and consistent when training this sweet and strong-willed dog. Because they're prone to chasing small furry creatures and not often friendly to strange dogs, you'll probably want to avoid off-leash play and dog parks with your Stafford.

This breed often enjoys dog sports like agility and obedience.

CARE & HEALTH

HOW MUCH DO STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIERS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?

Easy peasy, these smooth-coated terriers don't require much grooming. A quick weekly brushing will get the job done. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are seasonal shedders. Bathe as needed.

WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIERS HAVE?

As a breed, Staffordshire Bull Terriers are generally healthy. Some are prone to eye ailments, palate malformations, deafness, immune system disorders, and mild dysplasia.

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