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Breed Details

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

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.

Breed Standards

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.

DNA Parentage Test
Canine Coat and Nose Color Test
Canadian Kennel Club
American Kennel Club
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of Canada
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of America