The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a very muscular, stocky, yet agile dog. It is extremely strong for its size. It has a broad, powerful head, short muzzle, and very strong jaws. The Staffie is powerful, reliable, and very protective. With its own family it is devoted, gentle and loving. This dog is courageous and a tenacious fighter if provoked.
Training can be a challenge because of its pushy yet sensitive character. Its natural temperament towards people is gentle and loving, unfortunately some have been improperly handled giving the Staffordshire Bull Terrier a bad rap. It should never be confused with the Pit Bull Terrier. Classed by AKC as ” Staffordshire Terrier” and by UKC as “Pit Bull Terrier.” The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, is generally of larger bone structure, head size and weight than its cousin the Pit Bull Terrier.
Red, fawn, white, black or blue, with white, any shade of brindle.
Smooth, short and dense. It is easy to groom. Brush on a regular basis with a firm bristle brush, and bathe or dry shampoo as necessary. A rub with a piece of toweling or chamois will make the coat gleam. This breed is an average shedder.
Generally a very healthy breed. Some are prone to hip dysplasia and hereditary cataracts. Prone to hives caused by stress or insect bites.
The Staffordshire Terrier is a good-natured, amusing, extremely loyal and affectionate family dog. It is good with children and adults. It is a courageous and persistent fighter if provoked. It needs firm, kind training to control this instinct; its basic temperament towards people is gentle and loving. It is almost always obedient; this dog wants nothing more then to please its master. It can be difficult to housebreak.
This is not a dog for a timid owner; it needs a firm, consistent, but gentle hand. This breed is an intelligent, excellent watchdog and guard dog that is very full of life. This dog is highly protective of its owner and the owner’s property; it will fight an enemy to the death. It has given outstanding results as a guardian of property, but is at the same time esteemed as a companion dog. It is very important to socialize this dog very thoroughly when young to combat aggressive tendencies and be sure to keep the dog under control when other dogs are present.
This breed has a very high tolerance for pain. The Staffordshire Terrier must have plenty of regular exercise, but keep it leashed in public to avoid fights with other dogs. This is not a breed for placate or overbearing personalities.
Staffordshire Terriers will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. It is very active indoors and will do okay without a yard. It does best with a fenced yard. Adapts well to both urban and country living.