The bull(s) and the strong dog: Staffordshire Terrier

Staffordshire bulls are famous for their great strength because of their size.

Their variety is muscular and massive but is also known for their agility. Surprisingly, this breed is one of two breeds recognized by the British Kennel Club as very suitable for children. In addition, their types have been ranked 5th in terms of the popularity of dogs in the UK, where the breed originated. Interestingly, Staffies is the only breed of dog that is “totally reliable” when it comes to breeding standards.

Below are some of the key facts that breeders would really like to know about Staffies:

Category: Terrier

Living environment: indoors or outdoors

Coat: plain (or silky like most terriers), tight and short

Colors: black, brown, brindle, purple, blue, fawn; or any of these colors combined with white

Height: between 14 and 16 inches

Weight: between 24 and 38 pounds

Colors: brindle, blue, black, black, red, fawn, white; or any of these with white

Temperament: aggressive with other animals but very friendly with kids.

Health problems: heat stroke, cataracts, and respiratory problems

Tips for care and exercise:

Take a bath when necessary.

ï Brush your coat only occasionally with a brush with firm bristles.

ï Rub the coat with a suede or towel to remove hair.

ï Their physique requires a regular exercise routine that includes daily playtime on a leash.

ï They should be on a leash while walking in public places.

Origin / History:

Staffordshire bull terriers, also known as Staffies, are known to have existed around the 17th century. Since dogfights have gained a surge in popularity compared to bull bait, it has become a must to develop a strong, agile dog breed with a more pungent head than Bulldogs.

In this light, the fighting Bulldogs of the time were crossed with some terrier blood. The hybrid was known as the Pit Dog or Bull and Terrier. The new hybrid breed quickly became well known for its persistence and courage, and despite its reputation for being furious with other animals, it was a great companion, above all with children.

The Pit Dog became a favorite of miners and steelworkers. The breed also provided extra income to the producers of the “Black Country” chain when working against cliques or badgers.

Enforcement of the Humanity Act in 1835 completely prohibited sports such as dogfighting and bull bait. However, a group of Staffordshire men chose to maintain their own breed of dogs by introducing them to the entertainment world.

Over the years, the breeders themselves changed the name of the dog to Staffordshire bull terrier to differentiate its physique from the English bull terrier. However, the dog’s name was only officially registered in 1935 by the American Kennel Club.

In 1938, a pair of Staffies gained popularity as Champions at Birmingham National. The popularity of Ch. Lady Eve and Ch. Good Gentleman Jim has reached many successful countries, including France, Australia, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, and even the United States.

. Since then, Staffies have been successful as show dogs and have been very popular compared to other terriers.

The Stafford bull terrier, yes, has developed into a popular pet, while retaining the reputation acquired through generations of fighting dogs raised for their tenacity, courage, agility and, above all, their

reliability and great affinity with people, especially children.

And today it can be said that the bull is not so overbearing! In fact, the bull is totally reliable as a pet for children.

Keywords: bulldog pit terrier

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