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Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Staffy) | breed profile

Staffordshire Bull Terriers (or ‘Staffys’ as they’re more commonly known) originated in Birmingham, England in the 1800’s. The “bull and terrier” ancestors were bred for bull baiting, a blood sport involving pitting a bull against a dog. When bull baiting was banned in 1835, they were used in dog fighting. The breed attained UK Kennel Club recognition on 25 May 1935.

About the Staffy

The athletic origins of the Staffy influence the breed today. They are strong and muscular, with high energy levels. This translates to a companion who is playful, agile and has a lot of stamina. Staffys thrive in households that have an active family that are experienced with dogs. Channelling the Staffy’s abundant energy is important. Daily walks, runs and lots of playing will help keep your Staffy’s body and mind healthy.

As with all dogs, socialisation with other dogs and animals from a young age is vital. A dog who isn’t socialised is often fearful and may be aggressive towards other dogs and animals.  Staffys adore people and are happiest when spending time with the family and children. Leaving your Staffy alone in the backyard all day is likely to result in a bored, lonely and agitated dog. Plenty of exercise and company helps to prevent destructive behaviour like digging, chewing and barking.

Staffordshire Bull Terriers are a medium sized Terrier. Their height can range from 36-41 cm to the shoulder. Their muscular build means they are quite heavy for their size and may weigh from 11-17 kgs. Females tend to be smaller than males. Colours include red, fawn, black, white, blue, brindle and any of these colours with white. The coat is short and smooth, requiring a small amount of grooming but it does shed. Their life expectancy is around 11- 14 years.

Common health concerns

Staffordshire Bull Terriers are prone to allergic skin disease. They may also get ear infections, so keeping their ears clean and dry is an important part of your Staffy’s regular maintenance.  Like many athletes, Staffys are also prone to Cruciate Ligament injuries and arthritis.

The five most common reasons for a Staffy to visit the vet (excluding routine care visits) according to PetSure data (from 2017-2019) include:

On the other end of the scale, the top five highest single vet treatments (or highest pet insurance claims) seen for Staffy’s by PetSure (from 2017-2019) include:

Most popular Staffy names

According to PetSure data (from 2019) the most popular Staffy names are:

  1. Luna
  2. Ruby
  3. Bella
  4. Frankie
  5. Ziggy
  6. Daisy
  7. Harley
  8. Nala
  9. Archie
  10. Zeus

Most popular female names  

  1. Luna
  2. Bella
  3. Ruby
  4. Daisy
  5. Nala
  6. Billie
  7. Willow
  8. Bonnie
  9. Molly
  10. Coco

Most popular male names: 

  1. Archie
  2. Zeus
  3. Diesel
  4. Koda
  5. Loki
  6. Blue
  7. Rocky
  8. Duke
  9. Harley
  10. Jax

Fun fact

The late Steve Irwin described his brindle Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Sui, as a “loyal friend, protector” and the love of his life. Sui was The Crocodile Hunter’s faithful sidekick from 1988 to 20041.

References “Sui A Man’s Best Friend” Accessed 29 April 2020

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