Staffordshire Bull Terrier Health Information

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Staffordshire Bull Terriers are known to suffer from the following health problems, we hope the following guide provides some information to make you aware of potential health problems associated with the Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed, please follow the links provided for more detailed Staffordshire Bull Terrier health information and advice.

Hereditary Cataracts

This is an inherited condition that has been recognised as a problem in Staffordshire Bull Terriers since the late 1970’s, in affected dogs cataracts are not present at birth but appear a few weeks to months of age and progress to result in total blindness by 2-3 years of age

More information on hereditary cataracts in Staffordshire Bull Terriers can be found at the Animal Health Trust website

L-2-hydroxyglutaric aciduria (L2HGA)

L-2-hydroxyglutaric aciduria (L2HGA) in Staffordshire Bull Terriers is a neurometabolic disorder affecting the central nervous system, symptoms include, muscle stiffness after excersise, tremmors, epileptic seizures & a wobbly gait, it can also result in behavioural changes and dementia-like symptoms, both of which are detectable via DNA tests.

Please visit the Animal Health Trust Website for more detailed information about L-2-hydroxyglutaric aciduria (L2HGA) in Staffordshire Bull Terriers


Commonly known as “double eyelash” Distichiasis is a condition where the dogs eyelashes grow in an abnormal direction or from an abnormal position on the eyelid causing the eyelash to rub against the cornea of the eye causing the dog irritation & inflammation to the eye

Persistent Hyperplastic Primary Vitreous (or PHPV)

A condition whereby the blood supply to the ocular lens fails to regress and fibrovascular tissue forms causing hazy vision, both of which are checked by way of an ocular examination throughout the life of a breeding stud or brood-bitch to minimize the transfer and spread of these conditions.


Staffordshire Bull Terriers are known to be at a higher risk of Mast Cell Tumors of the immune system than the general population of dogs, Mastocytoma (mast cell tumours) can occur in various forms and can be malignant or benign.

More information about Mastocytoma in Staffordshire Bull Teriers can be found at the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier is 12-14 years