This pooch packs a playful punch! The stocky, medium-sized Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s boundless energy is helped by a low centre of gravity and muscular stature. They can be loving companions, and a well-trained Staffie can be highly protective of children, earning this breed the nickname of ‘Nanny Dog’ in the UK. Here’s our overview of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
Breed Group: Terrier
Coat length: Short
Exercise: Up to 1 hour per day
Grooming required?: Once a week
Back in the 19th century’s dark times of bull-baiting and dog fighting, dog breeders wanted to introduce a feisty new competitor into the pit. The challenge? Making sure the breed remained friendly towards humans. A Black and Tan Terrier was crossed with a Bulldog, and the resulting dog was strong and quick on its feet but not aggressive towards its owners. This trait has helped their popularity grow ever since, in the show ring as well as with families.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers have an average lifespan of 12-14 years.
This breed is prone to hip dysplasia and mast cell tumours. Staffies are also susceptible to eye problems such as HC and PHPV, though these can be avoided if the parents are screened.
The boisterous playmate
The Staffie craves human company and needs an owner who can take a firm role in training, socialisation and exercise. They’re energetic creatures – take yours for at least one on-leash walk per day to blow off some steam. And throw in a game or three for extra brownie points.
Out and about
Be mindful in public. While Staffordshire Bull Terriers are usually friendly towards people they don’t know, they don’t much like to be challenged by other dogs. And they’re not the biggest fans of swimming.
Staffies are sometimes mistaken for their more aggressive cousin, the Pit Bull, which is banned in the UK.
Where to find Staffordshire Bull Terriers
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Groups
Fancy swapping tips and tales with fellow Staffie fans? Find a group below.
Adopt a Staffie
Want to adopt a Staffordshire Bull Terrier in need of a loving home? Find a rescue centre below. (Just remember the breed’s socialisation requirements, which may or may not have been addressed by its previous owner.)
Sold on the super-sprightly Staffie? Here is the list of Kennel Club Assured Breeders.