Back in the 19th Century in Britain, the Staffy was bred as a small and fast fighting dog, but those days are very much left in the past. Many people look into getting a Staffy due to the common reputation of being a very tough breed, however, are surprised when they find that the dog is actually a very sensitive and affectionate companion who loves to spend time playing with their family.
Whilst we are on the subject of this dog’s tough outward appearance, this is a good time to discuss the grooming requirements this breed needs. The Staffy is a small to medium size dog with a short and easy-care coat. The fur is smooth and short and lays close to the skin. You can get many different variations in coat colour with the Staffordshire Bull Terrier including red, fawn, white, black, blue, brindle, and a mixture of any of these colours with white. Their coat sheds annually, but hair loss throughout the year is very minimal. Plus, dirt most often brushes out their coat easily and their fur dries very quickly after being in water. In order to remove any loose hair, it is recommended that you brush your Staffy at least once a week – this will reduce how much you find around the house!
Male Staffordshire Bull Terriers tend to be 36 to 41 centimetres in height and weigh between 13 and 17 kilograms. Female Staffies are usually between 33 and 38 centimetres at the shoulder and weigh around 11 to 15.4 kilograms.
They are a pedigree breed as recognised by the Kennel Club in England as part of the Terrier Group. On average, Kennel Club registered Staffies cost around £965 and the Non-Kennel Club registered dogs are around £460. This is important to be aware of when looking for the best breeder to get your pup from.
As I previously mentioned, the Staffy is well-known for its sensitivity and loving nature which does come to surprise some. In particular, this breed is very good with children due to its’ patient and gentle personality, but as with all dogs, you should always be there to supervise when your small children are playing with the pup. Although they are a great breed with people, the Staffy has been known, by inherent instinct, to be wary of other dogs that they do not know – this is most likely due to having been bred to fight other dogs, but trained to be gentle with their human handlers. However, every dog is different in temperament and the more you socialise your pup from an early age with other dogs and strangers, the more confident and less wary they will be as they grow older.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a very popular breed, however, this is due to a number of reasons that I have already touched on. Staffy lovers know this breed for its affectionate and loving nature. They are a breed that loves to be loved and wants to show this same affection to their humans. However, due to some people being after a tough-looking dog and not socialising or training them, many Staffies sadly end up in animal shelters as their owners are not able to handle them properly or they are not the dog they were after. The stereotype surrounding them as being an aggressive and tough dog stops the dogs from being adopted, but this could not be further from the truth of their loving personality and longing for companionship. It’s so important to research a lot into a breed before bringing them into your home to prevent any sort of unfairness on the dog or on you as an owner.
The lifespan of the Staffy is usually around 12 to 14 years, but they can be prone to certain health conditions throughout their lives. You should expect the breeder to have certificates regarding the dogs hips and elbow and from eye schemes when getting your pup.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is an extremely impressive breed but do make sure that before getting a pup that you know all the key facts regarding the breed you are looking at to make sure you are able to care for them in the way they need. They can be prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, bone disorders, cataracts, skin conditions and allergies. These are important to be aware of especially if you do not feel that as an owner you could care appropriately for your dog if they become subject to any major health issues.