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Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Highly intelligent and affectionate especially with children

The origins of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Staffie/Staffy) can be traced back to the 1800’s when bull and bear baiting was outlawed. A new ‘sport’ was devised – dog fighting, and so Bulldogs and Terriers were bred together to produce the Bull and Terrier, from which the Staffordshire Bull Terrier descends. Popular with all classes, including the Victorian working class, the ‘Stafford’ was often raised in small, cramped conditions with large families – to which their traditionally good temperament with people of all ages can be attributed. Although they only stand 14 – 16 inches at the withers, these dogs seem bigger because of their impressive muscular frame.

From their brawling past, the muscular but agile Staffordshire Bull Terrier retains the traits of courage and tenacity. Happily, good breeding transformed this former gladiator into a mild, playful companion with a special feel for kids. A well-bred, well-socialised Staffordshire Bull Terrier should have an impeccable temperament and be especially good-natured (if not somewhat boisterous!) with people. With other dogs or animals, however, Staffordshire Bull Terriers can be less than friendly, though a great deal depends on their early socialisation and training. Some Staffordshire Terriers live perfectly happily with other dogs and cats; others cannot be walked off-lead in areas where they might meet another dog. Early and ongoing socialisation is essential. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier will suit an owner or a family who want a full-on, enthusiastic, friendly dog that may well not have an off-switch! This is a dog who needs to be involved in everything and is always up for a game. But be aware they may not get on with other dogs, so owners will have to be prepared to socialise them and keep them on lead most of the time. These are true-blue loyal companions, but the old fighting instinct still lurks within – making it vital that puppies be socialised with other dogs to learn good canine manners. Sadly because some bad owners have used this dog breed as a status symbol and trained it to be aggressive and unsociable, the Staffie often has a poor reputation with the general public. Any dog can be dangerous with inappropriate training and care, but as the Staffie has such strength any attacks by these dogs are front page news. Yes, these dogs have huge jaws, but they also have huge hearts!

Read more about the history of this breed – HERE


Most of these stats are from the The Kennel Club UK. You can view stats from kennel clubs around the world at the links below, which may have different standards and classifications.

Group – UKTerrier
Bred ForFighting, Companion
Rare BreedNo
Country of OriginUK
TemperamentBold, Affectionate, Reliable
Exercise NeededUp to 1 hour a day
Size of Home NeededSmall – Medium
Weight – Females11 – 15.4 kg / 24¼ – 34 lb
Weight – Males13 – 17 kg / 28 – 38 lb
GroomingOnce a week
CoatShort, Smooth
ColourVarious – see photos
Life Span12 – 14 years
  • They are very high energy and often don’t realise their own strength, so they might not be suited to families with younger children. It’s important to always supervise your Staffie with children and vulnerable adults to avoid any accidents and stop playtime if they get a little too excitable.
  • They are jumpers! Some Staffies can jump really high, so make sure you have a tall fence.
  • Staffies is not recommended for a timid or first-time owner. This breed needs a confident trainer who is consistent and firm but also loving.
  • Staffordshire Bull terriers were used in the blood sport of rat baiting. In rat baiting as many as 100 rats were put into a ring, or a rat pit, and wagers were made on whose dog could kill the most rats within a minute.
  • Staffies are the most common dog breed found in UK dog shelters – read why – HERE


Breed standard varies throughout the world, these links will inform you of those standards and give further information about Staffordshire Bull Terriers.


Click on any picture below to view it larger and in a slideshow, it’s worth it! 😃


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Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to the Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site.

Thanks for reading!

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