Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Terrier Group)
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is one of the most playful members of the Terrier Group. They are a fun-loving breed that look tough on the outside but thrive on love, attention, and lots of human affection. These dogs are amiable, easy to train, and are typically responsive to its owner’s commands.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers need constant human companionship. They are a devoted breed, loyal to its family and although friendly towards other dogs, pets, and strange people, will protect its loved ones at all costs. This dog is generally good around children but may prove to be a little too boisterous with smaller kids.
A Brief History Of The Staffordshire Bull Terrier
These dogs have roots that go back to England during the 1800s. Around this period of time one of the most popular sporting uses of man’s best friend was to chase and kill rats. The common working class found great entertainment with these events which eventually led to dog fighting, otherwise known as “bull baiting”.
In their need to create a better fighting dog, one that had more strength, agility and speed, breeders crossed the Black and Tan Terrier with the Bulldog of that time. The result was the Bull and Terrier. Through further selective breeding, a dog had emerged that not only was smaller and had more jaw strength, but one that was less aggressive towards humans, known as today’s Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
England had eventually banned dog fighting but these dogs were still adored by their fans as companions. Of course there were always illegal dog fights going on which still used the breed, but more of them were starting to pop up in the show ring instead. This helped the Staffordshire Bull Terrier to gain recognition by the English Kennel Club in 1935 and by the AKC in 1974.
Upkeep Requirements For The Staffordshire Bull Terrier
This is a fairly active breed that needs daily exercise. Several walks on the leash each day plus a few vigorous games of catch or chase is perfect. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are not good swimmers therefore playing next to water is not recommended. The ideal living arrangement is to provide the dog with access to a safe outside area during the day.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers are not meant to live outdoors completely so they should sleep inside at night with the family. They can only tolerate mild temperatures. It is best suited to be a house dog. Grooming requirements for the dog’s short coat are minimal, only calling for a brushing every couple of weeks to remove dead hair.
The average lifespan of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is between twelve and fourteen years. The only major health concern that runs common in the breed is CHD with no minor health issues to worry about. Rarely seen are cataracts. Veterinarians suggest that Staffordshire Bull Terrier dogs get specifically tested for eye and hip problems.