Staffordshire Bull Terrier Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:n/a
  • Size:Small
  • Ease of Training:Medium/High
  • Grooming:Low
  • Shedding:Medium
  • Exercise Needed:Daily Walks
  • Energy Level:Medium/ High
  • Protection:Medium
  • Good with Children:Yes, with older, gentle children
  • Health Clearances:OFA, CERF
  • Weight:Male: 25-38; Female: 23-35 lbs
  • Height:Male: 14-16; Female: 13-15 inches
  • Coat Colour:Black, blue, fawn or brindle, often with white markings

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Coat

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier has a soft, sleek, dense, and short coat that lays close to the body. The colour of the coat may be blue, brindle, black, red, or fawn. There may or may not be white markings. This breed is an average shedder.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Character

Often referred to as the Staffie, this muscular and stocky breed exudes strength, courage, and athletic ability. They are bold, tenacious, and alert. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier has a fearless, protective, and determined nature and is extremely agile. Their most distinguishing and striking features are their broad head and expressive face.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Temperament

Despite this breed's beginnings, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is renowned today for their reliability as a companion and family pet. They thrive on human contact and are extremely loving, devoted, and loyal. This breed is dependable gentle and reliable with children, and for this reason were nicknamed the Nanny Dog. They are exceedingly protective of their family and make excellent guardians and watchdogs. They are not suited for homes with other dogs or household pets they have not been raised with. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is not recommended for the novice dog owner.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Care

This breed requires minimal grooming. An occasional firm, bristle brushing and bath will suffice. They do not tolerate cold climates but also have a tendency to become over-heated quickly. They are best suited as indoor pets. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is prone to cataracts, hip dysplasia, luxating patella, and epilepsy. They are also very susceptible to fleas and ticks.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Activity

Due to their athletic nature, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier needs vigorous daily exercise. It is imperative that they be securely leashed or harnessed in all public outings such as walking, jogging, or hiking. They benefit from off-lead run time in a securely fenced yard and greatly enjoy play sessions with their family. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier will do okay in an apartment dwelling provided they are given sufficient exercise, companionship, and stimulation.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Health and Life Expectancy

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a relatively hardy and healthy breed with just a few health problems to look out for. This includes entropion, cataracts, HD, and thyroid problems. Care should be taken in extreme temperatures, as this is a short haired breed that will not fare well in extremely cold or hot environments. The parents of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier has a life expectancy of around 12-14 years.