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English Staffordshire Bull Terrier: characteristics, photos and reviews of dog breeders

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English Staffordshire Bull Terrier: characteristics, photos and reviews of dog breeders
English Staffordshire Bull Terrier: characteristics, photos and reviews of dog breeders

Psychologically stable, fearless and friendly dog. It has tremendous strength for such a small animal. The content of the English Staffordshire Bull Terrier is unpretentious, does not need complex hair care, feels great even in a small area. Has good he alth. But his main advantage is that staffy loves children very much.

english staffordshire bull terrier
english staffordshire bull terrier

From the history of the breed

This English breed has over 200 years of history. She was bred in Staffordshire. To do this, they crossed a bulldog with terriers of different breeds. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was bred for bull-baiting and later used as a fighting dog. At the beginning of the 19th century, dog fights were very popular, so these strong, brave and agile dogs completely conquered the hearts of dog lovers. In those days they were called bull and terrier.

Then the bulldog was larger than today, and weighed about30 kg. He was experimentally crossed with a small terrier. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was recognized by the Kennel Club of England at the end of the 19th century, but as a participant in dog fights, it was recognized only in 1935. At the same time, the official breed club was founded and its standard was approved. The breed was called the "Staffordshire Bull Terrier".

At the beginning of the 20th century, many dogs of this breed were imported into the colonies of England and the USA. A native of Staffordshire conquered America by winning the love of local dog breeders. The character and appearance of the dog changed significantly - they became "more American". Much later, the differences between the Staffordshire Terrier breed in the USA and the English Staffordshire Bull Terrier in the UK and Australia became visible.

staffordshire bull terrier
staffordshire bull terrier

It was decided to recognize two independent breeds. Since 1972, dogs bred in the United States have been called the American Staffordshire Terrier. At that time, the English breed had not yet been officially recognized. Two years later (1974), the English Staffordshire Bull Terrier, which has its own standard, was registered in the book of the English Kennel Club. Since that time, these two breeds have developed as independent.


The English Staffordshire Bull Terrier is much less common than the American breed descended from it. First of all, the differences lie in the more miniature sizes. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a smooth short coated dog, perfectly balanced, extremely strong for its small size, active and agile. Growth40.5 cm, weight up to 20 kg.

english staffordshire bull terrier reviews
english staffordshire bull terrier reviews


Wide skull, developed zygomatic muscles are the main features of the breed. The transition from the forehead to the nose is very pronounced. The muzzle is short and well filled. The nose has a black lobe. Lips dry and tight. The jaws are powerful and well developed. Scissor bite. The eyes are round, medium in size, most often dark, but may also have a color tone.

Ears semi-pendulous, medium size, directed in different directions. They are never docked.

The neck is powerful, muscular, not too long, dry, gradually widening towards the shoulders.


Distinguished by powerful musculature, a level, level topline, deep chest and arched ribs.

staffordshire bull terrier owner reviews
staffordshire bull terrier owner reviews


Forelegs are bony and straight, set wide apart. There is no weakness in the pastern. Shoulder blades pulled back.

Hind limbs - powerful, muscular, knees have a pronounced angle. The movements are powerful, free, economical and agile.

Strong, small pads are well developed on the paws. Claws solid color, black.


Set on low, of medium length, tapering towards the end. It shouldn't twist too hard. A ring-shaped tail is considered a vice.

Wool is thick, short, glossy, rather hard to the touch.


Standard allowed: fawn, red white, blue and black, as well as combinations of them with white. All shadesbrindle and brindle with white. Undesirable - liver and black and tan colors.


The English Staffordshire Bull Terrier (owner reviews confirm our opinion) is a very attractive dog. He has an abyss of charm and a striking, unique smile. This is a mobile, cheerful dog, with a thirst for knowledge and discoveries of the surrounding world. Stafford is unobtrusive, but always ready to communicate. He will take long walks with you, try to entertain you, or just snooze next to you when you are too busy.

english staffordshire bull terrier photo
english staffordshire bull terrier photo

Despite its fighting origin, the English Staffordshire Bull Terrier is not at all aggressive towards other animals, and even more so towards people. Therefore, he will not become a "hard" guard, he is too kind for this job. This charming dog loves children very much. Stuffy is obedient and smart. The only thing that upsets him greatly is the inattention of his beloved owner.

But do not think that if another dog attacks him, he will run away with his tail between his legs. Your pet will be able to take care of itself. But he is completely devoid of the desire to kill. This is a he althy physically and mentally dog that does not require complex care and is distinguished by longevity. First of all, it is a companion dog. This is highly appreciated by city dwellers.


English Staffordshire Bull Terrier (we posted a photo in our article) is easy to train. He successfully performs in dog competitions. At the same time, the owner should know that it is impossible to “press” hard on him. He gladlywill carry out all the commands, as they say, "with a twinkle", and this is always appreciated by the judges. An adult Stafford can ski an adult, and for children, a ride on a sled harnessed to such a “horse” is an indescribable pleasure.

The only thing Stafford should not, and by the way, does not want to do is “work according to a person”, although some too active “tamers” try to achieve this. In a dog that loves all living things, they try to instill qualities that are not inherent in them. Completely in vain - all the charm of this dog is in its goodwill.

Animal attitude

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier gets along well in the same house with other pets. Our hero simply ignores small dogs. Apparently, he considers himself a large and wise dog, and therefore takes care of them very touchingly. With dogs of large breeds, he behaves on an equal footing, and, as a rule, they form friendships or partnerships.

But cats should be more tolerant of their new neighbors, especially pets. Sooner or later, the cat will understand that licking against the wool from the top of the head to the tip of the tail is great Staffordshire love. A separate article should be written about the relationship of two dogs of this breed. Licking with grunts, gentle chewing of the ears, sleeping in an embrace with sniffing … This is an incredibly touching and cute dog.

english staffordshire bull terrier price
english staffordshire bull terrier price

English Staffordshire Bull Terrier: price

A puppy of this breed, or rather its value, depends on itspossible future, animal class. As a rule, puppies without the necessary documents cost about 6,000 rubles. Representatives of the show class, who are considered promising in exhibition activities - up to 40,000 rubles.

Starfordshire Bull Terrier: owner reviews

How did this dog win the hearts of breed lovers all over the world? The answer is obvious - character. The owners claim that the breed is surprisingly plastic. The dog from the fighters was retrained into a magnificent family dog. She is obedient, manageable, even a child can easily handle her. Stafford is so attached to his family that he respects even the smallest owners and can endure a lot from them. The owners are sure that this great love for children is a feature of this breed.

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