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Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Alternate NamesStaffie, Bull Terrier du Staffordshire, Nanny Dog
OriginGreat Britain
SectionBull Type Terriers

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Profile

Robust (Health)
Supports Loneliness
Need Exercise
Easy To Maintain
Easy to Train
Nice Child
Agreement with Animals
First Dog
Able to Guard

Physical Characteristics

It has a well-balanced look with great strength for its size. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is an active, flexible, determined, and muscular molosser type dog. Its head is short and deep with a large skull. Its chewing muscles are well pronounced, and the stop is marked. Its snout is short with an always black rhinarium. Its eyes are preferably dark, round and medium sized, and are positioned in such a way as to look straight ahead. Its ears can be half-erect or rose shaped, but they must be neither heavy nor too big. Its torso is compact with a straight back line, and a deep chest with well-sprung ribs. The paws are straight and plumb, and it has slightly deflected forefeet. The tail is of medium length, and set low. Wide at the base, it tapers towards the end with no wind and retains the shape of the handle of a water pump.

Coat: straight, short and thick.

Color: The permitted colors are: red, fawn, white, black or any of these aforementioned colors associated with white. Some brindle marks are also allowed, as well as the white brindled. Black and red, as well as black and tan, are not allowed, while blue is only tolerated.

Size: 35.5 to 40.5 cm.

Weight: 12.5 to 17 kg for the males and 10.8 to 15.4 kg for the females.

Origins and History

Born from the interbreeding of an old Bull-and-Terrier with an Old English Terrier, it was first selected as a fighting dog during the 1930s. We must, however, emphasize its well-balanced character. Its fighter structure inspires more kindness than aggression.

Character and Abilities

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a well-balanced, sweet dog that lives in adoration of its owner and that would love to spend the entire day in its arms. It is an excellent and viable companion for children. Its fighter origins are so far behind that, well socialized, a puppy will even befriend other dogs. However, if provoked, it will react. If this happens, it is necessary to react quickly, as its bite remains terrible. It can be a good guard dog, but its aggression should never be stimulated.

Living Conditions

Preferably in a house.


It is a robust dog that only fears cold weather.

Average life expectancy: about 12 years

Information and Tips

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is the smallest of the Bull type Terriers (on the same level as the Bull Terrier Miniature), but it is also the most popular in the UK. It is less common in other countries.

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