Despite a formidable appearance, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a lover, not a fighter, well, not anymore. He is gentle, docile, easy to care for and always seeking a good time. He needs two things close human companionship and a chance to play. Hi, welcome to Animal Facts. Today, we look at the people-loving, bully, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
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10. Like all the bull breeds, the Staffordshire bull terrier can trace his heritage back to the ancient Molossian war dogs of the Greeks, which gave rise to the great Mastiffs of Europe. The various bully breeds, as they’re called, have been around for centuries. They date as far back as at least the 15th century when bull baiting was a popular form of public entertainment. Pit bull-type dogs came into existence in the 18th century, the result of crosses between large and ferocious bulldogs and smaller, faster but no less tenacious terriers.
9. The Staffords evolved from those early bull and terrier crosses. He was popular with working men, in particular, coal miners in Staffordshire, England, who often fought them with other dogs. That association with fighting meant that breed recognition came less than quickly for him, although dog fighting had been outlawed since 1835. It wasn’t until a century later that England’s Kennel Club recognized the breed. The American Kennel Club held its recognization until 1975.
8. This breed’s temperament is described as tough, courageous, tenacious, ie. stubborn, and curious. A people-loving personality makes him a good caretaker of his family, but he’s less likely to be protective of property. Because he’s so attentive and interested in people, however, he’ll always alert you to the presence of visitors, wanted or unwanted. But, his friendliness doesn’t mean he’s recommended for everyone. He needs a handler that is firm yet loving. Because of his stubbornness, he’s not for a timid or inexperienced dog owner.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Temperament
7. The Staffordshire is a dog that needs two things in life — close human contact and a chance to play. He is too much of a people dog to be exiled to the yard, and too athletic to be stuck inside all day. Living with a Stafford means sharing time both inside and out. Given proper exercise of body and mind, the Stafford is a well-behaved house dog. It is recommended he gets at least an hour of vigorous exercise daily.
6. At 30-40 pounds (13-18 kilograms), he’s not a big dog, but there’s no mistaking, he’s a tough looking character and he gives the impression of being much larger than he really is. He packs a lot of weight on a fairly short body.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Celebrity Owners
5. How is Rachel Ray connected to Kevin Bacon? The Stafford of course. Other celebrity Staffordshire owners include these lovely ladies: Jessica Alba, Linda Blair, Rebecca Corry, Rachel Bilson and Miranda Lambert. You lucky Dog you. Oh and let’s not forget the “Dog Whisperer” himself, Cesar Millan, Jon Bernthal, best known as Shane Walsh from the AMC series, The Walking Dead and the legendary bad___, Danny Trejo.
4. The Stafford has a short, smooth coat and his grooming needs are modest. Brush his coat a couple of times a week to keep shedding to a minimum. Bathe him every three or four months or as needed if he’s dirty. The rest is basic care. Trim his nails as needed, usually every week or two. Brush his teeth frequently with a vet-approved pet toothpaste for good overall health and fresh breath.
3. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier has very strong jaws and he loves to chew, especially as a puppy. It is essential to the life of your furniture that you keep plenty of bones and chew toys around to satisfy your Stafford’s chewing urges. Provide the strongest chew toys you can find to keep his powerful jaws busy.
Breed Specific Legislation
2. If he’s got your attention, be aware that he may fall under often unfair breed-specific legislation. While the laws are often based on illogical fear and media hype, they do range from all out bans to required liability insurance. Be alert of any current or future legislation that may affect you and your companion. In this day and age, the legal liabilities of owning any breed that looks intimidating and has a fighting heritage should be seriously considered. People are quicker to sue if such a dog does anything even remotely questionable.
One of the Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in Australia
1. While he’s only mildly popular in the US at number 84, he’s the second most popular breed in Australia as of 2017 and number 3 in the UK. His larger cousin the American Staffordshire Terrier is also quite popular in Australia, placing firmly in the top 10.
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