History & Overview
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, also known as Staffy, is a smooth-coated, well-balanced dog. Muscular, active and agile, he is remarkably strong for his size. Other qualities that have contributed to the popularity of this breed include intelligence and affection toward members of his family, especially children for which he earned the names The “Children’s Nursemaid” or the “Nanny Dog.”
As much as Staffies love people, their affection does not usually extend to other dogs. These terriers miserable kennel dwellers and must be included in as many family activities as possible. Young Staffy puppies love to chew and should be constantly provided with chew toys.
The breed standard calls for a smooth, short, close coat that comes in the following colors: red, fawn, white, black or blue, or any one of these colors with white; any shade of brindle (a tiger-like striping pattern) or any shade of brindle with white. Black and tan or liver color are highly undesirable. No trimming of the coat or whiskers is permitted. The ideal height at withers is 14 – 16 inches (35.5 to 40.5 cm). The ideal weight for male dogs is 28 – 38 lbs (12.7 – 17 kg), and for female dogs – 24 – 34 lbs (11 – 15.4 kg). Ears are natural, rose set or half pricked.
Known Health Risks
Unlike many breeds of pure-bred dogs, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is highly resistant to illness. Cystine uroliths can affect his bladder and kidneys. Responsible breeders will screen their dogs for cataracts and hip dysplasia.