Origin: United Kingdom (England)
Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 12-14 years
Weight: Male: 12.5-17.5, Female: 11-15.5
Height: Male: 15-16, Female: 14-15
Origin of Name: The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a British breed of short-haired terrier of medium size.
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The story of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is relatively brief in the grand scheme of canine history, but it can be confused at times by the many different names hung on the breed. Bull-and-terrier, patched fighting terrier, Staffordshire pit-dog and brindle bull are some of the historical nicknames of Stafford.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers are among AKC terriers, such as the Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier, which are classified as ""bull types"". Everyone's backstories are the same. A few centuries ago, when betting on the outcome of dog-oriented blood sports in England was all the rage, gamblers raised cruel dogs to excel in these terrible cases. The grandchildren of these breeds were bulldogs, which were made for the terrible spectacle of bull-baiting.
Blood games were banned in 1735, but pit-dog betting continued as an underground activity. In these illegal pits, usually in a cellar, away from the stinging eyes of the law, dogs would either fight against each other, gladiator-style, or be set against a sack full of mice. The gamblers took the bulldogs, became unemployed after bull-baiting by the board, and crossed them with a quick, enthusiastic terrier. The result was fighting dogs with the punitive jaws of a bulldog and the raging spirit of a terrier.
Out of the abundance of breeds created in this way, the now extinct, Staffordshire Bull Terrier emerged as one of the most successful and enduring, proven in the mid-19th century, by James Hinks, of Birmingham, England. The name of the breed that eventually came to these terrifying, broad-skull terriers is an allusion to Staffordshire County, where the breed was particularly popular.
After Staffordshire Bull's arrival in North America in the 1880s, breeders developed a long, heavy offshoot, the American Staffordshire Terrier or Amstaff. Since then, more than a hundred years of responsible breeding have transformed both breeds from disputants to trusted family mates.
This breed requires minimal grooming, they shed none to minimum and are kid friendly
This breed is prone to allergies, they are stubborn and not cat friendly