Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breed Description

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Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breed Description


Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breed Description as recognised by the UK Kennel Club in 1935. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier also known as the staff, staffy, stafford or staffie, is a short coated medium sized dog, well known for its love of human companionship and its genuine affection towards children, gaining it a reputation as being a nanny dog.

It is the most popular of all the terrier breed of dogs and is the fifth most popular dog in England, requiring an hour to two hours exersise a day & is well suited to living in either a house or an apartment with a medium sized garden.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is descended from dog fighting ancestors bred from a cross between the bulldog and the terrier, today the Staff is kept as a companion dog and despite the breeds historical connection with fighting, has become one of the nations favorite pets and is known for being a very powerful, intelligent, muscular and loyal dog.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Appearance

The Staff is a stocky and muscular medium sized dog standing at 36 to 42cm at the withers (shoulder blades) and weighs from 14 to 18 kg for males & 11 to 15 kg for females.

The length of the face is relatively short with a wide mouth with the teeth slightly overlapping into a scissor bite with the top incisors slightly overlapping the bottom incisors and a powerful jaw with tight, clean lips and a Black nose.

It has a broad skull with the male having a head which is considerably broader than the Female with short rose coloured ears, well defined optical muscles and medium sized dark eyes that are set looking straight ahead.

The head tapers down to the neck which should be strong and muscular with the shoulders placed on squarely spaced forelimbs, the front legs should be evenly spaced with medium spaced well padded paws.

The body should be muscular, well defined and wide at the front with a deepset brisket, wellsprung ribs and a level topline tapering to the rear with a medium length low set tail that should not curl too much, the tail should have the look of an old fashioned pump handle.

The hind quarters should be muscular, with the stiffles well bent and the hocks well let down, when viewed from the rear the hind legs should be parallel.

The coat of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed should be short, smooth, close to the body and should be coloured either, Black, Blue, Brindle, Fawn, White, Red or any of these with White.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier should move freely, driven powerfully from the hind legs when moving with effortless agility, the legs should move in parallel when viewed from the front or rear.


The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a relatively easy breed of dog to obedience train although they do have a stubborn streak meaning that they may not be suitable for every family as every family member has to be a firm, confident and consistent pack leader. They should have clear limits set on what they can do and cannot do and can also be quite vocal so must be taught when to stop.

They should be trained and socialised at an early age especially with other animals at an early age.

The Staffordsire Bull Terrier is a hardy dog full of stamina and should be exersised regularly needing 1 -2 hours of exersise a day, they can become quite destructive when they are left alone for long periods of time and tend to chew a great deal when they are pups so be sure to make sure your staff has plenty of strong toys to chew on.

They are known for being intelligent and affectionate dogs, showing a particular affection towards children.