Non-sporting Breeds

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: 14-16 in (35.5-40.5cm)
Weight: Dog: 28-38 lb (12.5-17kg) Bitch: 24-34 lb (11 -15.5kg)
Coat: Smooth, short, and dense
Color: Red, fawn, white, black, or blue, or any one of these colors with white; any shade of brindle, or any shade of brindle with white

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier should not be confused with the American Staffordshire Terrier, or Pit Bull, which has been developed along quite different lines. The lovable Staffordshire or Staffy has a bloody history. It derived from the crossing of an Old English Bulldog and a terrier, most likely the extinct Black and Tan, at a time when bull-baiting and dog fighting were two of the most popular "sports" in Britain. The resultant dogs had the ideal attributes for combat: the strength and tenacity of a bulldog coupled with the agility and quick wits of a terrier. When bull-baiting and, thereafter, dog fighting were outlawed in Britain, the Staffy was developed along gentler lines as a companion dog. The Staffy is one of the most popular pets and show dogs. It makes a fine household dog as well as guard, being an affectionate and game companion that adores children. However, it is not averse to having a fight with its fellows, usually emerging the victor, and so it is sensible to keep it on the leash while out walking. This totally reliable, smooth-coated dog is easy to look after, requiring little other than regular brushing.
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