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Staffordshire Bull Terrier: Personality, Health, Grooming (Staffie)

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About Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Country of Origin, History of Staffordshire Bull Terriers

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was developed in England when the Bulldog and Mastiff were closely linked. At first they were large dogs used for bullbaiting and bearbaiting. By the early 19th century, dogfighting had gained popularity, so the Bulldog Terrier was bred to be smaller and faster. That breed was crossed with the Manchester Terrier which made it smaller and faster yet. It still retains much of its bulldog look, but is now known as the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and is basically a companion dog.

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A General Appearance of the Dog

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a very stocky, muscular dog who is extremely strong for his size. His broad, round head, short muzzle, and strong jaws give the appearance of a very fierce dog. His ears fold, sometimes into a rose. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s straight legs are set far apart to support his body mass. Although his eyes are round, he often has them squinted.

The Staffie is broad, his hips and shoulders are widely set and muscular. His chest is deep and broad. His body is low, set on fairly short, very sturdy legs.

Coat Color

The coat color of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier can be red, fawn, white, black or blue or any of these colors with white. Any shade of brindle or any shade of brindle with white are also seen.

Coat Type

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s coat is short, close, stiff to the touch, and very shiny.


Males: 14 -16 inches
Females: 13 – 15 inches


Males: 28 - 38 lbs
Females: 24 - 34 lbs

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Staffordshire Bull Terrier Personality Traits

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Temperament of the Dog

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a strong, proud breed that seems to do everything at full throttle. Play, work and affection all are approached with a positive attitude and willingness to please. Their warm reception of most people is seen especially with children.

Good watchdogs and guardians, they will protect their family with little concern for their own safety. Compatible with most canines they know, the breed should always be kept on lead when in parks or unfamiliar areas.

Obedience and agility will keep this eager pleaser active and reinforce training that will be necessary for this strong dog. First time dog owners are not suited to this breed as it requires a dominant hand of an experienced pet handler.

Be advised that they love to chew beyond puppyhood and an assortment of tough toys should be provided to keep them occupied. Squeaking toys whose squeakers are quick work for their powerful jaws can become a choking hazard and should be avoided.

The breed can be difficult to housebreak and may not make the best candidate for apartment living.

Better suited to an indoor or outdoor lifestyle?

Staffordshire Bull Terriers need to live indoors. They are sensitive to the cold and prefer warm climates. Otherwise, prepare for sweaters and coats to be worn.

They will do okay in an apartment, but they are very active and playful indoors. They will need daily walks. A small, securely fenced yard is nice but not necessary.

Are they suited to homes with kids?

A lively dog, Staffordshire Bull Terriers are excellent with children. They are strong and muscular so are best suited for older children and adults while training.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Activity Level

How Active is the Breed?

This is a very active breed. They run and jump and play indoors even more than outdoors. A daily walk or jog can help with their exercise needs.

How Much Exercise Does the Dog Need at every stage of its Life?

Puppies are more energetic than adults. Apartment life is adequate as they find exercise in play but they will still need supplemental walks. They are very active indoors.


Grooming needs are relatively simple and can be done by most owners at home. A regular (monthly) bath and brushing with nail clip will keep its short coat in shape. Rubbing with a piece of toweling or chamois will make the coat gleam.

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Health and Care

Genetic Problems

The health of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is often very good with responsible breeding but some instances of hereditary cataracts, hip dysplasia and congenital heart disease are found. Sensitivity to cold makes them want to live in warm climates or wear a sweater. Like other bully type breeds, Staffordshire Bull Terriers often have gas problems.

Breeding the Dog and any Cautions

A qualified breeder should be sought to help you find the right mate.

Litter Size: Litters average 5 – 10 puppies

Life Span: 10 – 16 yrs

National Breed Clubs

National Breed Clubs

British – Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club –
US – Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of America –


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Group: Terrier Group

AKC Popularity Ranking: 80

Also Known As: English Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Staffie, Staffy

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