Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy laying down in the yard relaxing on a hot day

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier originated in the nineteenth century in Staffordshire, England. Breeders developed it from a combination of old-style Bulldog used for Bull-baiting and agile, game, smooth-coated terriers to produce a breed with bulldog tenacity and terrier nimbleness. Known as the Bull and Terrier, Half and Half, or Bulldog Terrier, handlers used them for pit sports and dogfighting until authorities banned these activities in 1836. Today, the Staffy is among England’s most popular breeds, though it is less common in the United States.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breed Standard

Image of Staffordshire Bull Terrier enjoying a lazy day in the shade.

The Staffy is a healthy, muscular, stocky dog, powerful but equally agile and graceful. It possesses a short, slightly sloping back, a deep, broad chest; strong legs with round bone; and a short, low-set, tapered tail. The head is full with very pronounced cheek muscles, sharp jaws, and a black nose. The ears are cropped or uncropped but cannot be drop. The eyes are dark, round, and full set.

Breed Facts

Energy levelWatchdog ability
Exercise requirementsProtection ability
PlayfulnessGrooming requirements
Affection levelCold tolerance
Friendliness toward dogsHeat tolerance
Friendliness toward other petsFriendliness toward strangers
Ease of training

Activity level: This dog is playful and robust and must have vigorous daily exercise, preferably with its owner. Also, Stafford’s enjoy dog sports such as flyball, agility, and obedience.

  • POPULARITY: Somewhat uncommon
  • FAMILY: Terrier, Mastiff, Bull
  • AREA OF ORIGIN: England
  • DATE OF ORIGIN: 1800s
  • ORIGINAL FUNCTION: Dogfighting
  • TODAY’S FUNCTION: Companion
  • OTHER NAME: None

Year of AKC recognition: First registered in 1936, the American Staffordshire Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier split into separate breeds in 1975.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Temperament

Image of Staffordshire bull terrier showing his laid back temperament

Staffy’s are fierce, versatile, all-purpose dogs that require plenty of exercises as well as regular and constant positive training. High-spirited, impulsive, and exceptionally strong for their size, Stafford’s need basic obedience training. They have powerful jaws. Therefore, a lack of exercise and supervision will lead to destructive chewing. Owners have to enforce boundaries and take a patient approach to training.

How to train staffordshire bull terrier

This dog is a sensitive, people-oriented breed that best responds to praise and rewards. Strict training means are unlikely to succeed and can ruin the breed’s character. Stafford’s have a strong defensive instinct and make excellent watchdogs, especially the female Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Some will live peaceably with other animals. However, this varies within the breed, and owners should be prepared to supervise. In addition, Stafford’s are sensitive to weather extremes.

Their love of playing games is matched only by their need for human companionship. Also, they are naturally friendly to strangers. They do exceptionally well with children; although generally mild, some can be rowdy. In England, the Staffy is called the Nanny Dog, thanks to their willingness and aptitude to undertake the role of a child’s nursemaid. Some can be strongminded. Even though it doesn’t regularly look for a fight, it is bold and persistent.


Breeders recommend a weekly brushing for your Staffy.

  • Coat: Short, smooth, hard, and glossy
  • Color: Any color, which can mean solid, particolored, or patched


  • SUGGESTED TESTS: hip, eye, DNA for L2 HGA, DNA for cataract
  • LIFE SPAN: 12—14 years
  • NOTE: CHD seldom causes problems or symptoms
  • WEIGHT: male: 28—38 pounds; female: 24—34 pounds
  • HEIGHT: male: 14—16 inches

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breeders and Sale Advice

Look for a friendly, healthy puppy or adult. Stafford’s of any age should be bursting with energy and enthusiasm.

  • Parent club: Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of America (; founded in 1974
  • Rescue: You can locate rescue information located under “SBT Rescue” on the parent club’s website.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Price

Mostly, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier cost is not going to be cheap. They’re highly-priced dogs and can go anywhere between 1500 dollars and 2000 dollars. However, according to Staffy owners, the money is well worth it. They are loyal dogs that take protecting their family seriously. England is where you will find the most breeders; however, you also have breeders in America and Canada.

If the price tag is just too steep, you can consider Staffordshire Bull Terrier adoption. You will save money and save a deserving rescue canine companion as well. Find more information about adoptions and rescues on the parent club website.

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