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Staffordshire Bull Terrier


General Information - Staffordshire Bull Terrier


Group:
Terrier

Size:
Medium

Lifespan:
13 years average expectancy

Exercise:
Flexible

Grooming:
Low

Trainability:
Excellent

Watchdog ability:
Low

Protection ability:
Moderate

Area of Origin:
England

Date of Origin:
1935

Other Names:
none

Original Function:
Family Pet & Show



History

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier shares the same ancestry as the Bull Terrier, i.e. Bulldog crossed with the Black and Tan terrier, and was developed as a fighting dog.
When the founder of the Bull Terrier James Hinks added other breeds like the Collie to change the head shape of that breed, devotees of the original type of bull terrier cross remained loyal to their preferred type.
Because of its early association with fighting it was, for some time, difficult to get recognition for the breed and it was not until the 1930’s that the Kennel Club recognised the breed. It carried the name Staffordshire as the breed was developed in the “black country” of Staffordshire and northern parts of Birmingham. Unlike other breeds it is shown traditionally in a broad leather collar ornamented with brass emblems, containing the Staffordshire Knot – as a tribute to its origins.
Despite its early function, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is known as a wonderful family pet.

Temperament

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier appeared in the top 10 breeds MOST suitable for families and especially children in a report researched and published by Southampton University in 1996. This breed is highly intelligent, eager to please and very people friendly. It has a special empathy with children and it is for this it is best known. It adapts readily to most situations making it the foremost all purpose dog. Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppies are very easy to house train.

Upkeep

Some members of this breed certainly have energy to burn. This energy can be satisfied by throwing a ball in the garden, walks in the fields or just whatever the owner chooses. Although the Stafford is capable of living outdoors in mild weather, it can be affected by cold and, more importantly, it is a dog that craves human contact: thus, it is far better suited as a housedog. Coat care is minimal.