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The Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s stocky build and short legs have led to his nickname the “keg on legs”!
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware, Of giving your heart to a dog to tear. – Rudyard Kipling, The Power of the Dog
Developed in the British Isles by crossing the Old English Bulldog and a terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was originally bred for bull and bear-baiting and, once these blood sports were outlawed in the early 1800s, the dogs were used in the equally illegal, but easier to conceal, “sport” of dog fighting.Today, the dog is bred for its qualities of courage, high intelligence and tenacity.
In the United Kingdom, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is very popular and in 1996 it appeared in the top 10 breeds most suitable for families and especially children in a report researched and published by Southampton University.
Renowned for his loyalty and stability of temperament, the modern Staffordshire Bull Terrier (or Staffie) has become a family pet and watchdog.
Photos displayed courtesy of Mary Carr, Horsinaround Terriers, British Columbia
Standing 14 to 16 inches at the shoulder, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier has a short, dense, and smooth coat that comes in red, fawn, white, black, blue, or brindle. Any one of these colors with white is also common.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is very strong for his size. He is naturally muscular and powerful looking and in fact may appear quite intimidating. However, as this breed is very attached to his people and is very fond of children, he is not a good guardian of possessions though he will defend his family. It has been said that “no breed is more loving with his family”. The Staffie has a natural fondness for people and will often jump up in greeting if not properly trained by his owners.
This is a strong-willed animal and can be stubborn. He needs firm handling and constant training as he has a strong instinct to fight with other dogs. Fortunately he is also a quick learner so socialization to other animals, particularly other dogs, should occur from a very young age.
This breed has a high energy level. He is active and agile and requires a good daily run.