Breed Review: Staffordshire Bull Terrier
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, more commonly known as the Staffie, is one of the most popular breeds of dog in Britain. They are sometimes confused with the Pit Bull breed, a banned dog. They are however, legal and a friendly pet to have.
What is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s Appearance?
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a medium-sized, short-coated dog that can have a coat in a range of colours. Males grow to around 36-41cm , weighing 13-17kg, with females growing to 33-38cm, weighing11-15kg.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers have wide features, with a broad skull and pronounced cheeks and a short foreface unique to the breed. The body and legs are short and set wide apart.
While they have a stocky build, they are very muscular and agile, making them quick and powerful.
What is their temperament like?
Though the breed was originally used for hunting, they make great household pets. They are extremely loyal and very people-friendly, making them ideal for households where they won’t be left alone for long periods of time.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier can be a boisterous breed and sometimes they don’t know their own strength when playing, so they are better for households with no young children. As with all dogs, they require proper socialisation and training with both people and dogs.
Are Staffie’s high maintenance?
As they are an energetic breed, Staffordshire Bull Terriers require at least an hour of exercise every day. They can also be quite vocal and like to stay active with the family.
Though they have a short coat, they are known to shed and require regular grooming.
What is their health like?
With a good diet, exercise and no health issues, the average life span of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier is 12-14 years.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers have been linked to issues with L2-HGA, a genetic condition inherited from the parents. This is a disorder that sees behavioural changes in dogs, as well as dementia. It can require long-term treatment.
The breed has also been known to be prone to cruciate disease and cataracts.
If you are buying a Staffie puppy, ensure that you are using a trusted breeder.
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