The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Dog Breed
Should you get a Staffordshire Bull Terrier? The Staffordshire is among Most Popular Dog Breeds but it's popularity has been tempered by having the reputation associated with the Pit Bull Breeds.
Overall this can be a great dog for a responsible pet owner. The key to buying or adopting a pet is making sure the pet is the right one for you. This page will give you some information about the breed that will help you decide if this is the right breed for you.
This Terrier has a long history and was originally bred for bull and bear baiting. Then they became popular fighting dogs. These activities have been illegal for some time now and for good reason.
Personality and Attitude
Like any dog used for fighting this breed is very tough, fearless and courageous. On the other hand it has been called a "Nanny Dog" because of its reputation as a dog that is affectionate towards children.
So which is it? A fighter or a kids best friend? Well, it can be either. The onus is on its owner to be responsible and dedicated towards good training and proper care.
If you get a Bull Terrier you must have firm handling around other dogs. The more time you spend socializing your dog the better behaved it will be around other dogs.
Overall this is an intelligent, playful and affectionate breed of dog that is not too hard to train. With proper exercise, training and socialization a Staffordshire is a nice dog to have.
Size and appearance
This medium breed stands between 16 and 19 inches tall and weighs 26 to 40 pounds.
They have a smooth, short coat that comes in many colours including red, fawn, white, black or blue (solid or with some white).
Their heads are broad with large cheeks, medium folded ears, a broad chest and a tail that is carried low.
Where to get a Staffordshire Bull Terrier?
A great place to start is at a shelter or rescue group. There are many rescues for this breed. If you can not find one at a rescue or shelter then you should try a breeder. Please be sure to learn about the difference between a backyard breeder and a Reputable Dog Breeder
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a Terrier Dog Breed (click here for others)