Staffordshire bull terrier
Gran Bretaña FCI 76 . Bull type Terriers

Staffordshire bull terrier

It is the smallest of the bull terriers and also the most popular in England..



As its name implies, the Staffordshire bull terrier comes from the English city of Stafford and is a cross between different terriers. In the 18th century the Staffordshire Bullterrier was especially popular with dog fighters and as a rat biter.. Unlike other countries, where the breed is considered a fighting dog, in Great Britain it is a very popular family dog. There the Staffordshire It's also called “Babysitter dog” or “Nurse dog” for its kindness to children and is one of the five most common dog breeds.

Physical characteristics

The Staffordshire Bullterrier he is medium in size and has a compact stature, muscular, almost bulky. The characteristic thing is his ears, that are up high and leaning slightly forward.


Height at the withers between 35,5 and 40,5 cm..


Males should reach a weight of 12,7 – 17 kg, females weigh between 11 and 15,4 kg.

Coat colors and length

The coat of the Staffordshire bull terrier is short, smooth and simple. Can be the colors red, white, black, cervato, blue or tabby.

Character and skills

The character of Staffordshire Bull Terrier it depends a lot on your attitude. Has a fearless and courageous nature and is faithful and kind from the start. With a loving but strict attitude and a close family relationship, the Staffordshire can become a loving companion. In addition, he is considered faithful, persistent and dominant. These characteristics are unfortunately exploited by many dog ​​owners who rude the Staffordshire Bullterrier and train him to be strong and aggressive..

Attitude with family connection

In many countries the Staffordshire Bullterrier is classified as a dangerous fighting dog. Its maintenance is strongly restricted and the importation of the breed to many countries is prohibited. Apart from that, the Staffordshire it is easy to maintain, because it is very adaptable. It can be kept in a house as well as in a city apartment. Needs a family connection and proximity to his master. Therefore, not suitable for a kennel. The Staffordshire has a great need to move and likes to play. Daily exercise in combination with extensive ball games is, therefore, a need.

Staffordshire Bullterrier Education

The Staffordshire Bullterrier it is by no means a beginner dog. In the education of this breed it is important to bring out the traits of good character with consistency and loving rigor. Traits such as tenacity, dominance and fearlessness must be kept in check. Harsh training should be avoided so that the dog does not become aggressive and stubborn. To get used to Staffordshire Bullterrier other dogs and socialize them very well, a visit to the dog school is advisable. Especially important in education is hierarchy. Even as puppies, to the Staffordshire they like to test their limits and try to take command. However, as an owner you should never be intimidated by your dog and you should make it clear, but with love, that you are higher in the hierarchy.

Health and care of the Staffordshire Bullterrier

Coat care

The coat of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier it is very easy to care for. An occasional brushing is enough to remove dirt and dust and stimulate blood circulation.

Typical diseases

As typical diseases, the Staffordshire Bullterrier may suffer from poor hip development (Hip Dysplasia) and elbows (elbow dysplasia) and dislocation of the patella (dislocation of patella). Eye diseases such as cataracts are also typical of the breed. However, most diseases can be caught early and treated well with a regular visit to the vet.

Nutrition / Food

A healthy and balanced diet is the basis for a long life for dogs. Feed the Staffordshire Bullterrier with high quality food and ingredients is, therefore, a need. The dog being fed dry food, wet or BARF is irrelevant. It is only important that the food is free of dyes, preservatives and sugar and is high in meat.

The life expectancy of the Staffordshire Bullterrier

If he Staffordshire remains in good health and is well cared for, easily reaches an age between 12 and 14 years.

Buy a Staffordshire Bullterrier

The Staffordshire It is classified as an attack dog in many countries and its maintenance is subject to a series of conditions. Before buying, one must therefore inform oneself thoroughly about the breed and restrictions. If the purchase decision is made, one must first look at various breeders and animals. As a registered breeder's dog, a Staffordshire Terrier It costs around 1000 EUR. A shelter dog, or from an animal welfare organization is much cheaper. Especially older dogs should not be accepted by beginners, because they can be more difficult in their education than puppies.

Characteristics "Staffordshire bull terrier"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed "Staffordshire bull terrier" you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, your care and if you have young children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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Type and recognitions:

  • Group 3: Terriers.
  • Section 3: Bull type terriers. Without working trial.
  • Federations:
    • FCI – Group 3 – Section 3 Bull type Terriers.
    • AKC – Terriers
    • ANKC – Terriers
    • CKC – Terriers
    • ​KC – Terriers
    • NZKC – Terriers
    • UKC – Terriers

    FCI breed standard "Staffordshire bull terrier"


    Alternative names:

      1. Stafford, Staffy, (English).
      2. Stafford, SBT (French).
      3. SBT, Stafford (German).
      4. Staffbull, Staffie, SBT (Portuguese).
      5. Staffy, Stafford Inglés, Stafford (Spanish).
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