Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier History/Evolution:

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s history begins in England in the 1800s, at a time when popular sports included rat killing and dog fighting. The breed, developed from crossings between the Bulldog and the Black and Tan Terrier, was fearless, quick, and strong for its size. Today less a fighter than lover, the Staffie’s temperament has earned him a spot in many families as a devoted and affectionate companion. The breed earned AKC recognition in 1974.


Staffordshire Bull Terrier Size:

Medium; 14 to 16 inches; females 24 to 34 pounds, males 28 to 38 inches.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Color:

Red, fawn, white, black, blue, or brindle; may have white markings.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Temperament:

Amiable, fun loving, docile; good with children, but may be too strong and lively for little ones. Intelligent and determined; owners may need to earn respect with training. Perceived association with pit bulls will keep intruders away.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Energy level:

Medium to high.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Best owner:

Active owner with training experience.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Needs:

Daily exercise, leash, fenced yard, sturdy chew toys, human companionship; early, fair, and consistent training; low heat and humidity, weekly brushing.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Life expectancy:

12 to 14 years.