Staffordshire Bull Terrier Dog Breed Profile
by Luke Blaise
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Dog
AKC Group: Terrier Group
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier dog (Stafford, Staffie, Staffross, Staff or Staffy) is a short-coated, medium sized dog. First bred for bull fighting before it became prohibited. This dog is very intelligent. But because of its muscular appearance the dog can be intimidating, but is quite friendly.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier dog was domesticated in the district of Staffordshire, England in the 19th century. It was created from crosses with Bulldogs and other native terriers that were around Manchester. The Staffordshire Bull was bred for the then famous game of bull baiting. The breed's fame disappeared as interest in the game disappeared.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed is a stocky, medium-sized, burly dog with athletic ability. The short, smooth coat appears in blue or black, fawn, red, white, or whichever of these colors combines white and any tone of brindle without or with white spots. The coat is soft and sticks closely to the body giving the dog a modernized look. Normal height is 14 to 16 inches at the withers and it weighs about 24 to 32 pounds.
Because of its breeding, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is popular for its personality of high intelligence, tough courage, and persistence. Because of their love for kids, Staffordshire Bull Terriers are at times identified as "Nanny Dogs."
Common Health Problems
They are susceptible to cataracts. PHPV & HC though through monitoring of either parent it can be eliminated. Be sure to purchase puppies from parents who have had their eyes tested. Hip dysplasia is rarely seen. Puppies are vulnerable to having soft palate problems.
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