Although Staffordshire Bull Terriers live as docile pets today, they were originally bred for a vicious job. Hundreds of years ago, many English people enjoyed the "sport" of bull baiting, watching dogs drive the larger animals into a wild frenzy. Only speedy, agile and daring canines could survive this challenge, and a Bulldog/Terrier cross produced the dog which met these criteria.
Although the Staffordshire Bull Terrier also worked as a fighting dog, it rapidly evolved into a respected show dog and beloved pet. Careful breeding by devoted owners has mellowed the breed, producing docile, affectionate animals.
Size: Males and Females 14 to 16 inches (at the withers).
Appearance: Muscular, stocky body with powerful, flexible motion.
Coat: Short, smooth, thick coat. Red, fawn, white, black, brindle or blue color, with or without white markings.
Head: Flat, square skull with a powerful, tapered, square muzzle; medium sized, dark brown, round eyes; small, erect, folded, medium-sized ears.
Tail: Medium length, low, thick, straight and tapered.