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Staffordshire Bull Terrier Dog Breed Profile

Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Though the Staffie was bred to bait bulls for sport, this dog is known today as an all-purpose family dog with a steady and dependable nature and superb with kids.

Other Names: Staffordshire, English Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Staffie, Stafford

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Origin: England

Breed Purpose: Bred for the sport of bull baiting.

Kennel Club Dog Group: Terrier

Height: Dog, 35.5cm-40.5cm. Bitch, 35cm-40cm.

Weight: Dog, 12.7kg-17kg. Bitch, 11kg-15.4kg.

Lifespan: 10-16 years

Exercise Needs: The Staffordshire Bull Terrier has tremendous stamina and are exceptional athletes. They need plenty of daily exercise and excel at Agility and Flyball. Their intelligence makes them successful in the obedience ring. Lack of exercise causes this dog to become bored and destructive so lots of exercise needed.

Feeding Needs: Staffordshire Bull Terriers have no special dietary requirements and thrive on a home prepared diet.

Common Ailments: These dogs are prone to cataracts and other eye complaints but dedicated breeders have almost eliminated these problems in the UK. Only choose puppies from reputable breeders whose stock have been screened.

Physical Description: The overall appearance of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is one of a powerful muscular dog with a broad head and extremely strong jaws that appear to be constantly smiling. The eyes are round, the muzzle is short and the cheeks are well developed. The ears can be half pricked or rose shaped. The neck is short and very muscular going down to a strong body with a level topline and well-sprung ribs. The front legs are spaced well apart. They have a short close coat that is soft and sleek. The coat colours are red, fawn, blue, black or brindle and all colours can appear with white markings.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier K9 Obedience Dog Breed Summary:

The Staffie is an intelligent, courageous and affectionate dog that is renowned for its love of children.

They just adore being with people and do not like to be left alone for long periods. They can be very vocal and need training to be quiet on command.

In general they do accept other pets and do not pick fights with other dogs but can be quick to retaliate if they feel threatened, so it's the owner's responsibility to make sure the dog is balanced and calmly confident, as well as being extremely well socialised from an early age.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier can be very rather headstrong and stubborn. They need an owner with knowledge of the breed's requirements and one that is capable of being firm and consistent in all aspects of dog training and obedience work.
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