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Staffordshire Bull Terrier

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Staffordshire Bull Terrier

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a sturdy, strongly built dog. Their short, sleek coat comes in black, blue, fawn and brindle with white markings. The muzzle is short with a clearly defined stop. The eyes are round and are normally brown. The nose is black. The strong jaw is deep and the teeth have a scissor-like bite. The ears are rose-shaped. The neck is short and very muscular. The front legs are set wide apart and dewclaws are generally removed from the legs. The tail is slightly tapered and hangs low.

Temperament Staffordshire Bull Terriers take life at full-throttle. They are very courageous, obedient and affectionate. Owners of this breed feel that they have gotten a 'raw deal'. Owners say that these dogs are among the friendliest breed around. They adore children and their family circle. They may be dog aggressive with other dogs, especially in their breed. They can be stubborn at times, so a firm and consistent owner is imperative. As puppies, they need plenty of chew toys and care should be taken so that they do not swallow foreign objects. Keep this breed on a leash until they are in a safe area. Staffies love challenges and variety. They compete in agility at the highest level in the UK. Owners should keep Staffies from injuring themselves as they will not think twice about jumping off of a balcony or walking through broken glass. They can be difficult to housebreak.
Height, Weight Male Height: 14-16" ; Weight: 25-38 lbs.
Female Height: 13-15" ; Weight: 23-35 lbs.
Health Problems This breed is prone to cataracts, hip dysplasia and some may have gas problems.
Living Conditions Staffies can live okay in an apartment if they are given sufficient exercise. A small yard will do for this breed.
Exercise This breed needs vigorous exercise but should always be on a lead when in public.
Life Expectancy About 10-16 years
Grooming This breed is easy to groom. Brush or comb often and shampoo when necessary.
Origin Crossing the 19th century bulldog with the Old English Terrier produced the modern Staffordshire bull, which still looks very much like its bull/terrier ancestor. Upon arrival in the US in the early 1800s, the breed was crossbred to become larger and taller. The results were the American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier. Those which remained in England retained their original form, and came to the US about 1870, where they were recognized as the Staffordshire Bull Terrier by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC and UKC Terrier