Breed: The Staffordshire Bull Terrier

 

History: The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a cross between a bulldog and terrier and was originally bred as a fighting dog, mostly baiting bulls and bears in the 19th century. When this cruel sport was abolished the dogs were then pitted against each other instead. However, today they are a popular pet and a regular in the show ring, competing at top level in agility and obedience classes in the UK.

Height: 35.5 – 40.5cm (male from the shoulder)

Weight: Dog (Male) 13-17kg; Bitch (female) 11-15kg

Coat & colour: smooth, short coat that comes in red, fawn, black, blue, or any of these colours with white, any shade of brindle with or without white

Character & Temperament

A Staffy does everything at full throttle!

Extremely courageous, obedient and affectionate with a sense of humour.

A real people dog that is normally great with children. While staffy’s are sweet-tempered and affectionate, their strength and determination require an experienced owner who can work with them in a firm, but gentle way. Staffy’s tend to be good with other pets in the household, but without a stern, human pack leader giving corrections when needed, it may be combative with dogs outside the family, therefore it is important to socialise them well from an early age.

Staffy’s are intelligent, persistent and active. As a puppy they love to chew so provide them with lots of chew toys from an early age. They have a very strong jaw so steer clear of the squeaker toys that will be easily destroyed and go for the stronger versions! Also, be aware that staffys are totally fearless and curious and as a result are liable to jump off a deck or walk on broken glass given half the chance!

Information and photo sourced from http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/staffordshirebullterrier.htm &http://www.petpaw.com.au/breeds/staffordshire-bull-terrier/