Staffordshire Bull Terrier
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a powerful and loving breed that requires minimal grooming. They are active, loyal and known for their love of children.
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- Strongly built, muscular, powerful
- Well-muscled legs with strong, medium-sized feet
- Wide, wrinkled head with pronounced cheek muscles
- Round, dark eyes
- Coat: Short hair fits tightly to skin and comes in red, fawn, white, black, blue or brindle with white
- Medium-length tail carried low
- Height: 14-16 inches
- Weight: 24-38 pounds
- Average lifespan: 11-12 years
- Lively, affectionate, loyal, active and brave, smart, persevering
- Interaction with people: Instinctive love for children
- Interaction with animals: May challenge other dogs and pets
- Training: Needs firm training from an experienced owner; may be difficult to housebreak
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- L-2-Hydroxyglutaric Aciduria (neurometabolic disorder)
- Ophthalmic disorders (inclduing juvenile cataracts)
- Patellar luxation
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
- OK for apartments; needs small yard
- Needs daily walks
- Easy to groom
- Average shedder
- Regular brushing will pull out loose hairs
- Also known as the "Staffie"
- Reputed fighting dog in the late 19th century
- Evolved into a companion pet after dog fighting was outlawed in England
- Native to England
- Standardized by James Hinks in 1860
- Originally bred for dog fighting in the mid-1800s
- First brought to the U.S. in the late 1800s