Staffordshire Bull Terrier
In this post I wanted to talk about one of the oldest bull terrier breeds – Staffordshire Bull Terrier. There are definite similarities between it and the traditional English bull terrier, but there are also some interesting similarities.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier is an old breed that came to be from breeding bulldogs to manchester terriers, and was originally used for bull fighting, bear fighting, during hunts and other entertainment activities involving animal violence. Just like with English bull terrier, the history of Staffordshire Bull Terrier is full of blood.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers were widely used in dog fighting, where the breed had obvious advantages due to its sheer physical strength, thick, sturdy body of average size and strong jaws. Despite its strength and willingness to fight other dogs, the breed had to be loyal and patient with people – a trainer had to be able to pull two fighting dogs apart in the heat of the battle without risking losing a limb. Because of that, only the most patient and friendly dogs were bred, eventually sculpting the wonderful temperament of these dogs.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Personality
Today, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a dog with level, calm temperament, friendly and non-aggressive towards people, not easily frightened, without nervousness, full of confidence. In the hands of a devoted trainer, Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s greatest personality traits can truly shine. If you are an amateur dog lover, you can still raise a wonderful, well behaved dog, provided you take the time to invest in your dog.
It is a powerful dog, both in its physique and in the strength of its character. Even in the experienced hands of a dog trainer, Staffordshire Bull Terrier can sometimes be very stubborn. This is why it’s so important to take obedience training and socialisation of your Staffie very seriously.
With any dog, socialisation is of great importance. It is even more so with Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Your dog needs to meet, from the very early age, various types of people (men, women, children), so that nothing will phase it as the dog grows older. Of course, the same goes for other dogs (and cats too!) Your staffie needs to be exposed to all different kinds of situations, noises, smells, animals, people, so that he or she knows how to behave in all such situations.
A pup that hasn’t been socialised from young age, may grow up to be a nervous, not confident and often unpredictable dog. With a dog like Staffie, it may be not safe. Besides, it’s just so much nicer to own a dog that can accompany you through life in a calm and confident way.
To socialise your pup, take them for long and entertaining walks from the time they are very young. Let your Staffie meet other dogs, people, sights and scenes, and teach them that the world around them is mostly safe and friendly. The more people and animals your puppy is exposed to, the better it will be adapted to the future life in our busy and exciting world!
Walking your Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Staffordshire Bull Terrier is an average-sized dog that is normally quite OK with living in an average-sized apartment (although of course a house is always preferred!). They are not that good with living outside, however. This is an indoors dog. A Staffordshire Bull Terrier normally has an average amount of energy – they are not busy by any means and love spending their time snuggling with you on the sofa.
However, like any dog, they need a fair amount of exercise on a daily basis to maintain their physical, and equally important, their mental health. If you don’t have at least an hour a day to take your dog for a walk, preferably to a dog park where he or she can run wild for a bit, you might want to look for another breed, or maybe a cat!
If you are an active person who enjoys hiking, biking and being outside in general, and are willing to share that time with your pup, a Staffie may be for you!
Taking care of your Staffie
Staffordshire Bull Terrier isn’t a breed that will require too much grooming. As long as you comb their hair sometimes and give them a bath once a week, your pup will be just fine. You will also need to trim your dog’s nails (unless you like the constant clicking on the laminate! Seriously, their nails do need to be trimmed) and also wash their ears and make sure their eyes are clean.