Staffordshire Bull Terriers get a bad rap. The breed has a history of being fighting dogs so many still consider them to be dangerous dogs.
They can also look very intimidating. Staffordshire Bull Terriers pack a lot of punch in a small frame and often weigh a surprising amount for a dog so small.
At heart they are big softies and can be incredibly affectionate pets, especially around children!
Staffordshire Bull Terriers are generally healthy dogs. They are strong and solid, and there aren’t many conditions associated with the breed.
That being said, there are a couple of genetic disorders that can be tested for prior to breeding. They are also an energetic breed so it’s important to exercise them properly.
Canine Hip Dysplasia
Symptoms: walking strangely, limping, clicking noise, difficulty standing
This condition is caused by a mis-alignment in the dog’s leg joint. It can occur as the dog grows and symptoms can come and go.
Symptoms: dizziness, seizures, disorientation
L-2HGA is a genetic condition that affects the nervous system. Because this condition is genetic, proper testing before breeding can remove the risk of the puppies developing the condition.
Symptoms: problems with vision, cloudy looking pupils
Another genetic disorder, Cataracts affects a dog’s eyes and the condition gets worse over time. If it goes untreated, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier can go completely blind.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers are compact dogs with a fairly large weight for their size. Mostly muscle, they can weigh up to 18kg.
Clocking in anywhere from 36cm – 42cm, Staffordshire Bull Terriers are on the smaller side for medium dogs.
Their short coats mean they need little in the way of grooming. Just make sure to give them a brush when they are shedding
There are five main colours of coat; Red, Fawn, White, Black and Blue.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers are often a combination of a base colour with white markings or vice versa. You may also see Staffordshire Bull Terriers with a combo of black and tan coat.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers are incredibly energetic and they won’t be able to sit calmly until they’ve tired themselves out a bit. Once they have calmed down, they are extremely affectionate and love nothing more than a cuddle on the sofa!
They are good with children but may be wary of other dogs and strangers. To make sure a Staffordshire Bull Terrier is as comfortable as possbile around other dogs, it’s important to socialise them properly with other dogs as early as possbile.
Friendly with Children
Friendly with Dogs
Suited to Compact Living
Happy with Strangers
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