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Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breeders

These dogs are known as “lovable rogues” and if you have ever met one, you will know why. These dogs are charming, fearless, and spirited, and absolutely love people. Here’s everything you need to know about this charming breed.

About Staffordshire Bull Terriers

Staffordshire Bull Terriers can be summed up as being strong, powerful, yet people loving dogs and they are actually very good with children. The only thing that you may need to worry about is aggression towards unfamiliar dogs, which can be managed with training and keeping your dog on a lead. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are lovingly known as “Staffies”.

History

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier first originated in the 1800s in Staffordshire, England. They were originally a mix of bulldogs and terriers in order to create a dog that could be used for bull baiting. As bull baiting became less popular, the breed became rarer until it was revived in the US in the early 20th century.

Appearance

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a medium sized, strong breed of dog that has a rounded head on top of a short, wide neck. The ears are either erect, or half pricked up. Their jaws are very strong and they have a square shaped muzzle. The body of the dog is very muscular and the dogs have short, muscular legs. Staffordshire Bull Terriers have short coats that come in the following colours: fawn, black, blue, and brindle with areas of white.

Personality

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is one of those breeds of dogs that have a lot of personality. They are extremely loving and affectionate with people, including children, and pets that they know but they can be aggressive towards strange dogs. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are strong willed, stubborn, and independent dogs but they are also very intelligent so they will take well to discipline and training. Training is very important for this breed as they need to know that their owner is the leader. If the dog is allowed to become dominant, they can become very disobedient.

Caring for Staffordshire Bull Terriers

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a very active dog, so you will need to ensure that they always have plenty of fresh water available to them. You will also need to feed them on good quality foods that you can purchase from the vet, pet stores, or from the supermarkets (dry foods in the foil packs are better here). Be careful not to overfeed as these dogs can become tubby with too much food and not enough exercise. If you are after a low maintenance dog, grooming wise, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier may be perfect for you. These dogs only need a quick brush every day and they only require a bath when they become dirty. They will need regular exercise however to release their energy.

Health

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier has an average lifespan of 10 to 16 years. They are one of the more robust breeds of dogs in that they have very few health concerns. Some things that you may have to watch out for include genetic disease such as canine hip dysplasia, and cataracts. Even though they are a healthy breed, you should always get your dogs from a breeder that tests for skin and eye problems in their dogs.

Suitability

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a great dog for families if every member is firm with them and keeps them in their place, and they will get along with any pets that you may already have, as long as they are familiar with them from puppies. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are known to get aggressive with unfamiliar dogs. These dogs can live in any situation but if you are in an apartment or other small dwelling, it is doubly important that you make sure that the dog gets plenty of exercise – at least a brisk walk. Staffordshire Bull Terriers will do best in homes that are already familiar with the ins and outs of dog ownership.

Training

Training is absolutely essential for Staffordshire Bull Terriers and you should not own this breed of dog if you are not willing to put in the initial training time and reinforce the training for the dog’s entire life. Training needs to begin when they are a puppy, and be done by a firm and consistent owner, otherwise the dog will become dominant and disobedient. As well as the standard training that is necessary, you can further train your dog in the fields of competitive obedience or agility if you wish, both of which are areas that they excel in.

Buying and Owning a Staffordshire Bull Terrier

If you are thinking about bringing home a Staffordshire Bull Terrier you will need the essentials – food and water bowls, a sturdy collar and lead (these are very strong dogs), durable hard to destroy toys (these dogs love to chew as puppies and have powerful jaws), and a bed or kennel for them to sleep in. When you are bringing your home your puppy, check that the breeder has been socialising it well from a young age. You should also make sure that it has had its vaccinations and that the record of these has been provided to you. Find out when the next vaccination is due when you take it home. Keeping the dog wormed and flea treated is important and you can choose to use your own products or continue using the products your breeder was using. Staffordshire Bull Terriers need to be registered with your local council as soon as you bring them home.
 


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