Staffordshire Bull Terrier dog breed characteristics, origin and care

Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed characteristics

  • Size: Medium
  • Traits: Playful, Courageous, Loyal, Affectionate, Impulsive
  • Maintenance: Low maintenance, weekly brush, no/minimal hair clipping required
  • Best Suited To: Families With Older Children, Dedicated Owners
  • Lifespan: 12 to 14 years

Staffordshire Bull Terriers are little balls of muscle that don't know their own strength. They are friendly, affectionate and playful with their owners, and other dogs. Staffys are often depicted as an aggressive breed, but they are loving companions when properly trained.

Where I'm From

Just like their name indicates, these cheeky dogs originate from the English region of Staffordshire. They are the result of crossbreeding between bulldogs and various types of terriers.

Back in the day, Staffys were developed to participate in events known as bloodports where dogs would be pit against bulls in order to bait them. This went on for several years until the activity was finally banned in 1835.

After that, the breed was a favorite amongst clandestine dogfight organizers and, as a result, Staffordshire Bull Terriers gained their reputation as aggressive and dagerous dogs.

It was until the 20th Century when Staffys were seen more as the loving and devoted house pets they really are, and became popular amongst dog lovers.

What I Look Like

Staffys are broad, muscular, well-balanced dogs with stocky bodies. They may be small compared to other Bull Terriers, but these powerful dogs are strong, rugged creatures with incredible physical stamina.

Their short coat is easy to maintain and it comes in a variety of colours such as brindle, red, fawn, white and black. Staffys may also have cute white markings over their face and body.

How I Act

This high-energy breed is known to be highly enthusiastic and hard to slow down. Staffys can be impulsive dogs, and getting them to calm down and relax can be a challenge for owners. If you lead an active lifestyle, a spirited Staffordshire Bull Terrier would be an ideal companion for you.

Their alert personalities make these fearless dogs excellent guard dogs. With a background in bull-baiting, there will very rarely be anything that your brave pet is too scared to face. It is this courageous nature that is partly responsible for the common perception that Staffys are dangerous dogs, when in fact they are gentle and friendly animals.

Not only are these bold creatures, but Staffys are also affectionate dogs that will become loyal members of your family if you give them the chance. Staffordshire Bull Terriers adore being around people and having a bit of a play.

Looking After Me

Training your little Staffy from a young age is one of the most important things to consider when thinking about adopting them as your pet. If your dog begins socializing from early on, it will become easier for them to get used to strange people and dogs in the future. With proper training, your Staffy will no doubt become an obedient and amiable companion.

These restless dogs also like to chew on things a lot, so make sure they have access to toys if you want to avoid any damage to your property.

Grooming should be kept to a minimal. A quick brush, and a bath every couple of weeks should be enough to keep your Staffordshire Bull Terrier nice and clean.

In terms of exercise, make sure you take them out for daily walks to help them keep healthy fitness levels. Staffys are able to keep up with the most active of owners, and make great workout buddies.


  • High-energy dog that will alert owners of any danger
  • Staffys are excellent exercise companion
  • They are low maintenance and easy to groom


  • Staffys can misbehave if they are not properly trained
  • They like to chew on things and might ruin your property if they have no toys
  • Can be defensive if they are not exposed to other people and dogs from an early age
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