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Staffordshire Bull Terrier Dog Breed Information

General Information:

Average Height: 14 – 16 in
Average Weight:
24 – 38 lbs
Average Life Span:
10 – 15 yrs
Black, blue, red, white, fawn, brindle; any of these colors with white
Area of Origin:
Similar Breeds:
Bulldog, English Mastiff, Manchester Terrier, Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier

History and Origin:

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was developed in the early nineteenth century as one of many similar breeds used in bull baiting, bear baiting, and other blood sports in England. The Mastiff dog was bred down in size to develop a smaller, more agile breed, adept at dodging out of the way of harm when faced with a bull, bear, or boar in the pit. After bull-baiting became illegal in 1835 due to a string of animal welfare laws, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was thrown into the dog fighting world. Due to its reputation as a fighting dog, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was not recognized by the United Kennel Club in Britain until 1935, even though the Bull Terrier, bred from the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, became recognized in the late nineteenth century. “Bull and Terrier” breeds like the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the Bull Terrier arrived in North America in the 1880s, and soon gained size and weight to establish breeds such as the American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier. It was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1975, and today makes a fantastic family companion for the experienced dog owner.

Personality and Temperament:

Despite its reputation as an aggressive fighting dog, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier has a naturally friendly nature – a quality bred into the breed so that handlers could pull their dogs back after a dog fight without risk of harming themselves. It is an energetic, fearless, and curious dog that loves plenty of physical and mental stimulation. It is an intense breed, putting all of itself into everything that it does. It is courageous, loyal, loving, and is known to be extremely patient and kind with children. While some can be wary of strangers, a well-socialized and well-adjusted Staffordshire Bull Terrier is typically friendly with anyone its owner is friendly with. At the same time, it is extremely intuitive, and makes a fantastic guard dog. This breed can be headstrong, and needs firm, confident leadership. If given what it needs, it can be a fantastic and beloved family companion.The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is not suitable for the nervous or first-time dog owner.

Exercise & Training:

An extremely energetic dog, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier possesses great stamina, and needs plenty of exercise to keep it happy and healthy. It is intelligent, and is happiest when participating in activities that challenge it both mentally and physically, such as agility or competitive obedience. Bored with routine, a varied exercise program will ensure that the dog is receiving the physical and mental stimulation that it needs. If given proper exercise, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier can adjust well to apartment lift, being fairly inactive indoors. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is an incredibly intelligent breed, and can learn commands with ease. It can easily recognize a nervous or timid handler, however, and has a tendency of ignoring or even becoming bossy with an owner who does not display authoritative qualities.


The Staffordshire Bull Terrier has a short, smooth coat that needs brushing a few times a week to remove dead hair and keep the skin healthy. It should be bathed only when necessary; dry rubbing with a towel will cause the coat to gleam. It is an average shedder.

Similar Breeds:

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was developed with the influence of the Bulldog and a small extinct terrier related to the Manchester Terrier. As a “Bull and Terrier” breed, it possesses the tenacious behavior and physical strength of similar breeds like the American Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, and the Bull Terrier, of which it is a progenitor.

Interesting Facts about the Staffordshire Bull Terrier:

1. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier has been referred to as “the nanny dog” in the past, due to its love for children.

2. Common nicknames for the breed include “Staffy”, and “Staffy Bull”.

3. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is currently the 5th most popular breed in Britain.

4. The United Kennel Club lists the Staffordshire Bull Terrier as one of only two breeds (of 190 registered breeds) with a specific affinity toward children.

Organizations dedicated to the Staffordshire Bull Terrier:

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of America
Rescue Me! Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue
Staffie Rescue – UK
Stafford Mall – Re-Home and Rescue

Breeds Similar to Staffordshire Bull Terrier Dogs:

Breed Information Staffordshire Bull Terrier