Staffordshire Bull Terrier: origins, characteristics and personality

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Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Created in the 19th century in Britain, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a great companion known for his courage and love of children. Interestingly, the purpose of this dog was to be a small and fierce hunter.

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Staffordshire Bull Terrier: Origins, Physical characteristics, and Personality


The Staffordshire Bull Terrier shares a common ancestor with American Staffordshire Terrier, the American Pit Bull Terrier, and the Bull Terrier – the Bulldog.  The Bulldog was crossed with another breed, probably the Manchester Terrier, to produce the foundation of what we know today as the Staffordshire.

The first Staffordshire Bull Terrier club started in 1835 and the standard for the breed was written shortly after. The American Kennel Club will not recognize the breed but until 1975.

Physical characteristics

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a very muscular dog with a medium size. He is very compact and his looks are very similar to those of the American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier.

His head is broad and wedge-shaped. His body is streamlined and the coat is smooth and short. They stand at 14 to 16 inches to the shoulders. Males, which are usually taller, weigh 28 to 38 pounds, and females weigh between 24 and 34 pounds.


The Staffordshire Bull Terrier has a very enthusiastic and energetic personality. He is never shy but courageous, tough, curious, and sometimes stubborn.

This is one loving dog that is very protective of his family but not too good at protecting the house. But he is an alert dog so he will always warn you of visitors.

Caring for a Staffordshire Bull Terrier

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier adapts pretty well to any type of home. It is important that you let him romp on a well-fenced yard. He is a digger so make sure he cannot dig his way under the fence. Take him out for an hour long walk.

Because of his sort face, he is not suited to stay outdoors for too long in a hot and humid climate. Make sure he always has access to shade and fresh water. He will appreciate having a pool of water for him to cool off in those hot summer days.


The puppies are very easy to house train. These dogs are very intelligent and learn really quickly. However, they also have a mind of their own and can be very stubborn. Harsh methods do not work on this guy so use positive reinforcement, patience, and a strong firm hand.

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