Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Growth Size

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier grows to a height of 30 – 45cm, and a weight of 10 – 25kg.

Lifespan

12 – 14 years.

Temperament

Staffordshire Bull Terriers are more commonly known as Staffies, or smiley dogs. They are intelligent dogs, love being the centre of attention and thrive on both mental and physical stimulation. They are great in all types of family groups and love to play and run around as much as you let them. Staffies are very affectionate pets and love being taken on outings with their owners.

Training Difficulty

Staffies have a high level of intelligence and respond well to training. They are a stocky, solid-set dog, so obedience classes are recommended to ensure they can be controlled by their owner. Staffies are also passionate chewers, so make sure they have toys and treats, especially when they are home alone. This will keep both the Staffy and its owner happy.

Recommended Owners

Staffies need to live in a home where they are the lowest member of the pack. Everyone else must be ranked higher, otherwise the Staffy will become stubborn and difficult to handle.

Origin

This breed's history starts off in the region of Staffordshire, England. It was developed to take part in the violent sport of bull baiting (where the dog was trained to take down a bull, hence the name bull terrier). This sport was outlawed in 1835. Since then the breed has developed a temperament more suited to a loving companion animal.

Diet

One and a half to two and a half cups of high quality dry food a day for adult dogs, spread across two meals. Make sure not to feed for at least an hour after any strenuous exercise, as this can cause the dog to become bloated.

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.

Grooming

Staffies are not known for shedding a lot of hair, however they still need to be groomed weekly.

Comments

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is often unfairly blamed by the media for attacks on humans. This breed loves humans, and is often confused with the more aggressive Pit Bull Terrier.