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Staffordshire Bull Terriers – What Everyone Should Know

Courageous, loving, energetic, playful, intelligent and great with children – Staffordshire Bull Terriers are really wonderful dogs and make loyal and rewarding companions. But because of their historical use in illegal blood sports, many people believe them to be aggressive.

The truth however is far from it and Staffordshire Bull Terriers are actually highly sociable and love being with people. They can make brilliant pets and highly trustworthy companions.

Thinking of getting one? Here's what you need to know:

Their look

Staffordshire Bull Terrier lying down looking sad

Staffordshire Bull Terriers have an athletic build and a strong, wide jaw. They are quite short at around 1.2-1.4 feet tall and weight around 24-38 pounds. Great for people who aren’t lovers of dog hair, their short coat is easy to maintain and their rounded ears are soft to touch.

Their coats can be red, fawn, white, black, blue, white, brindle or mixed.

Getting to know your Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffies are bold, courageous and intelligent which means they can also be headstrong and stubborn. Because of this, they need proper training right from the start. Luckily, their intelligence makes them easy to train and with a confident owner who regularly shows them who’s boss, they make brilliant companions.

Being such sociable animals, Staffies love to be with their owners. They are very energetic and playtime is never over which makes them perfect for families who love spending time with their pet.

Things to watch out for

Staffordshire Bull Terrier outside on a lead

Staffies need to be well-socialised from a young age and although they thrive on human companionship, can show aggression towards other dogs and animals. Make sure they are on a lead when there’s a chance they may come across another animal and keep them indoors at night.

It’s also worth noting that they sometimes like to play rough, so if you have a baby in the family or very young children, hold off from getting a Staffie until your children are a bit older.

Staffies don’t enjoy being left alone and will get anxious and stressed if separated from their owners for too long which can make them destructive. Keep your Staffie in good company with lots to do and toys to chew, and this will help them happy (as well your furniture intact).


Most Staffies do not like being in water and they are not good swimmers either. Make sure you take care when walking them near water including ponds, rivers, lakes and along the beach.

Breeding restrictions

There are breeding restrictions around Staffordshire Bull Terriers which owners should be aware of and these include the number of litters a dam has produced and her age. To get more information on this, visit


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