Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Totally fearless and tenacious, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier does everything full throttle.

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Staffordshire Bull Terrier Characteristics

Totally fearless and tenacious, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier does everything full throttle. When well socialized with strong leadership, they can be adored outside of their family circle as much as they are within for their trustworthy stability and loyalty. The Staffie is known as a top contender in agilities and obedience trials in its country of origin, the United Kingdom. While powerful and courageous for its small size, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is known by its owners as an affectionate and playful family pet.

Though powerful in stance, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is quite a sensitive and loving dog. They see life as one big adventure and live it to the fullest. They have a gentle yet dynamic personality. Staffies are known for their trustworthy nature and their love of people.

Staffies enjoy nothing more than to be around their people – whether that be hanging out on the couch, running errands in the car, or going for a walk. They are attention demanding and do not like to be left alone for long periods of time.

They earned the nickname the nanny dog thanks to their love of and patience with children. They may not always be friendly with dogs they don’t know. If they are properly socialized with other animals at a young age, though, they will get along with them. Staffies are highly intelligent but are always independent thinkers and need patient and consistent training.

Staffordshire Bull Terriers are protective of their families but not of their property, making them unsuitable watchdogs.

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Staffordshire Bull Terrier Major Health Concerns

Like many bully type breeds, Staffordshire Bull Terriers are known to be at a higher risk for mastocytoma (mast cell tumors). Hereditary Cataracts, distichiasis (“double-eyelash”), and Persistent Hyperplastic Primary Vitreous (PHPV) are all eye conditions commonly seen in Staffies and can be checked during an ocular examination.

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Staffordshire Bull Terrier Interesting Facts

Staffordshire Bull Terriers can be coloured brindle, black, red, fawn, blue, white, or any blending of these colours with white.

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