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Staffordshire Bull Terrier
A Courageous And Loyal Companion!

It is generally believed that the Staffordshire Bull Terrier resulted from the cross breeding of Mastiffs, Bulldogs and various other terriers, and traces its history back to around the 17th century.

Although historically connected with bull and bear baiting and dog fighting, some 150 years ago, both its size and demeanor have significantly changed over this many years.

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While the SBT may still be a bit more dog-aggressive, which should be balanced by early socialization, it should not be misconstrued that this trait is directed towards humans.

Quite the contrary - fighting dogs of old were culled if they showed any aggression toward people to ensure that this trait would not be carried over to the next generation.

Today's SBT, not to be confused with the American Staffordshire Terrier, is frequently seen competing in dog shows, where he is a popular and able contender in agility, obedience, flyball, and conformation.

The Staffie gives every appearance of the very strong and solid-looking dog that he is. He is well muscled and powerful with a broad head and an expression conveying intelligence and character.

Personality and Traits

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a dog that is exuberant about everything he does. He plays, works, loves and lives life to the max, and he does it with a sense of humor.

Long gone is the fierceness this breed needed for fighting. He has, however, retained the best of his early attributes - those of courage, loyalty and devotion, affection and reliability.

He has an endearing personality and is treasured by many as a trustworthy and obedient companion.

On the flip side, there's a wee bit of terrier stubbornness when it comes to training. What works best with SBTs is patience and persistence - never harshness. They respond best to friendly persuasion!

But make no mistake about it, they are intelligent and owners will be delighted with how much they can learn.

Puppy classes with seasoned instructors are recommended, as is early socialization with other dogs to balance out any sign of dog aggressiveness.

Appearance and Coat Care

staffordshire bull terrier Height: 14-16 inches
Weight: 24-38 lbs
Color variations: Red, Fawn, White, Black, Blue, and Brindle

The SBT has a smooth short coat that lies close to the body.

It is easy care as far as maintenance, requiring only a modest amount of brushing and a rub down with a chamois to keep the coat shiny.

Activity Level

This breed is very energetic and needs to be thoroughly exercised on a daily basis and always on a leash.

Space Needs:

Providing sufficient exercise is given, the SBT is adaptable to apartment life as well as a house. A secure outdoor area for additional activity, is always the ideal.


Has an excellent reputation with children, being especially affectionate with them.

The caution always remains that supervision is needed anytime children interact with dogs.

Seniors Or Less Active Families

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, although extremely loving and devoted, is most likely too active for seniors or families that prefer a more sedentary life style.

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Book Guides

new owner guide to staffordshire bull terrier dog breed book
Resource from an expert, judge and fancier of the breed. Complete information for the new owner, as well as many full color photos. Covers history, characteristics and description of the breed, selection, how to prepare for and train a puppy, health, and daily care. Also discusses the sport of showing, temperament and needs of this dog.

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A comprehensive book covering history of the breed, characteristics, selection of a Staffy and home preparation, feeding, nutrition and health. Also has extensive information on all the basic training as well as a section on advanced training including competitive sports and therapy work.

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