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The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a mediumsized breed, developed originally in England, and considered one of the pit bull type of dogs. In the years leading up to the 19th century, the bloody sports of bull baiting and dog fighting were very popular in England. Looking for a fearless, fast and strong competitor for the dog pits, breeders crossed the bulldog with the black and tan terrier, producing a variety known as the ‘Bull and Terrier’. This provided the foundation for the modern Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Dogs were bred selectively to focus on small size, quickness, and a temperament that made them easy to be handled by humans. By 1835, when bull baiting was banned in England, these dogs had found enough fans to continue being bred, but with greater focus on characteristics that made them attractive as pets and show dogs. Increasing acceptability resulted in the Kennel Club of the United Kingdom recognizing the Staffordshire Bull Terrier as a breed in 1935. Recognition from the American Kennel Club took some time, and came in 1974.

Time for some Ruff Trivia:
Which of these is a common nickname for the Staffordshire Bull Terrier?
o A: Fighter Dog
o B: Nanny Dog
o C: Hercules Dog
What do you think, give it your best guess in the comments below before we get to the answer! Hang on tight and we’ll get back to this Ruff Trivia Question toward the end of the video.

The Stafford is a stocky, muscular dog, slightly longer than it is tall. Its relatively wide body provides it with a low center of gravity that is ideal for fights. The average height of the adult male is between 18 and 19 inches, and weight is between 35 and 40 pounds. The height of the female is between 17 and 18 inches, and weight between 30 and 35 pounds. It has a smooth, short coat, clinging to its body. The common colors are brindle, black, red, fawn, blue, white, or any blending of these colors with white. The skull is broad, with pronounced cheek muscles, short foreface and wide mouth, with a clean scissorlike bite. The American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier look very similar to the Stafford, but are larger in size.

Grooming: A weekly brush, and an occasional bath, should keep the coat clean. Regular trimming of nails, cleaning of ears and brushing of teeth are necessary.

Environment: Contrary to the aggressive image they have earned, Staffordshire Bull Terriers are extremely friendly and fun loving. Their need for human companionship and eagerness to play makes them perfect as a home pet. Staffords are good with children as well. In fact, their friendliness even with strangers makes them ill suited as watchdogs. Their fighting dog ancestry is reflected in their fearlessness and loyalty. The breed’s eagerness to please is exploited by some bad owners to deliberately train their dogs for aggression, which results in all the bad press.

Training: Some Staffords can be unfriendly with other dogs, and early socialization is recommended. The breed is known as an allpurpose dog for its easy trainability. A long walk everyday or a good game in the yard is needed for its physical exercise. The dog’s powerful jaws require sturdy chew toys to prevent it from using it on shoes or furniture.

Health: The life expectancy of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier is 12 to 14 years. It is a generally healthy breed, with two easily detectable inherited ailments being cataracts and a metabolic disorder resulting in behavioral changes. Some eyerelated issues are also seen in the breed. These dogs cannot bear extreme temperatures.

A loving and playful dog, with an unfortunate image, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier requires little maintenance, but a lot of love, from its family. With the right owner, this intelligent and obedient dog can grow into the most wonderful companion one could ask for.

Find out if the Staffordshire Bull Terrier would be a good addition to your home. Now you can visit Brooklyn’s to take our quiz and find out which dog would be the best match for you.

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