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Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Size: Small / Medium

Weight: 23 - 38 lbs.

Height: 13" - 16"

Life Span: 10 - 16 years

Health Problems: Hip Dysplasia; hereditary cataracts (HC) (eye condition causing poor vision and blindness); persistent hyperplasic primary vitreous (PHPV) (congenital eye condition where certain blood vessels in the eye do not disappear after birth as they should); chronic gas

Origin: England (1800s)

Also Known As: English Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Staffie, Staffy, Stafford, Staffordshire

Group: Guardian

Category: Companion Dog, Guard Dog

Exercise Needs

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier will require a daily walk, romp or play. Keep inside a fenced yard or on a leash when in public.

Temperament

These dogs are obedient, affectionate people-lovers. Often wary of strangers, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier warms up once it's known that the new visitors are welcome. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is good with other family pets, but can be aggressive toward other types of Bulldogs -- particularly those of the same sex. Intelligent yet willful, Staffies are sometimes described as humans in canine form. Puppies are known ""chewers."" Only the strongest toys will hold up to their powerful jaws. While the breed is good for most children, play should be supervised. Puppies will want to chew and "play bite"-- which may be too rough for some kids. Also, the sheer size and strength of the Staffie can be harmful to smaller children (even when the dog only means to play). The breed tends to be risk-takers, and can be hard to handle. Staffies love a challenge and are willing to do almost anything, even if it is slightly dangerous. Recommended only for families and individuals that are experienced handlers. Strict, consistent training is necessary; this dog can be difficult to housebreak.

Compatibility with Kids

Appearance can be intimidating at first to small children. Initial meeting with new kids should be supervised. Introduce kids to the Staffie properly, and they will become friends for life.

History

This breed originated in Staffordshire, England in the nineteenth century as a cross between English Bulldogs and various Terriers. It was first used for bull-baiting, a now extinct sport in the region. In the 1900s, the breed was made popular in the U.S. as a guard dog and companion. Today' Staffies are slightly larger than their British ancestors.