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Breed Fact Sheet - Staffordshire Bull Terrier

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Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breed Information

Group 4: Terriers

Energy Level: moderate to high

Original Function: Family Pet & Show

Temperament: Bold, fearless and totally reliable.

Characteristics: Traditionally of indomitable courage and tenacity. Highly intelligent and affectionate especially with children.

Recommended for: Most people/families.

Lifespan: 10 - 14 yrs

Height: 35-41cm (14"-16")

Colour: Short & smooth.

Colour: Black, Brindle, Red, White, Blue & Fawn. Some colours may have white markings.

General Appearance:Medium sized muscular body. Broad head with short muzzle, eyes dark to hazel, ears either semi erect or rose shaped. Tail is medium length.
Smooth coated, well balanced, of great strength for his size. Muscular, active and agile.



The Stafforshire Bull Terrier was unfortunately breed for bull baiting and dog fighting, these dogs are not savage by nature but through training from puppy hood onwards they soon learned to do what their owners wanted. Thankfully these pastimes were outlawed and they were used more for hunting and guarding. They are affectionate, fearless and reliable, they are very much people orientated and are much happier in the domestic environment.
They are great with children and are often referred to as the "Nanny Dog". They are intelligent and have that I want to please you attitude, which makes them easy to train.

Grooming- easy to care for a brush now and then is all that is needed. Bath when needed.

Exercise- plenty of regular exercise will keep them fit and happy

Health- This breed can suffer from breathing problems and can become overheated in very hot weather.
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The Staffordshire Bull Terrier: Loyal Family Friend

By Kim Reeder for Exceptional Canine

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier: Loyal Family Friend

The Staffordshire bull terrier, “Staffie” or “Stafford”, is an intelligent, trustworthy, affectionate (especially with children) and tolerant dog who makes a great mate. Easy to maintain with a wonderful temperament, they’re the ultimate family pet.

From Fighter to Friend
Bred in the 1800s in the English midlands for bull and bear baiting, these dogs were always pets as well as fighters. The breadwinners for some families, they would earn money in the pits then go home in the pram with the baby.

A rare breed in Australia in the early 1950s, the prediction by veterinarian Paul Pemberton that the Staffie “will one day be running the streets” has been fulfilled, as it is now one of the top five most popular breeds in Australia.

Its short, smooth coat and medium size mean the Staffie is suited to urban or rural life -- and make it ideal for a family home in the suburbs.

A Family Dog
The loyal, fun and active Staffie just wants to be a part of the family, and will go anywhere. Your Stafford will go swimming at the beach, skateboarding at the park or even fishing -- as long as you’re there too.

They can’t live without people and are particularly good with children -- you’ll often find them “minding” the kids for you. If they’re segregated to the backyard, they can be destructive, pulling down the washing or digging in the garden.

Training the Staffie
The Staffie has had unfair reputation for aggression over the years. However, you’ll find that a badly behaved Staffie is the result of environment rather than breeding. In other words, the dog has been in the wrong hands. Strong in both body and mind, the Staffie needs a committed owner who will act as a pack leader, so make sure it knows that you’re the boss.

This intelligent breed is very responsive to positive reinforcement training -- they will do anything for you, as all they want to do is please. If you are firm and clear in your directions, you will be rewarded. Staffies are capable of reaching the highest heights in obedience titles.

Because of their high energy, it’s necessary to walk these dogs at least twice a day, and ensure they’re not left alone for too long. Take them to a friendly dog park with a ball to release some energy -- they’re fantastic fly ball dogs.

As for how your Staffie will interact with other pets, it comes down to how you a rear your pup. If you socialise him with other animals from a young age, they will end up the best of friends.

Finally, all Staffies need a lair, so set up a crate somewhere in your home where they can go to sleep and for some well-deserved time out. Look after your Staffie with a nutritionally balanced diet and by exercising both his body and mind, and you’ll have a loyal companion for up to 15 years.

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Photo: Corbis Images

Kim Reeder of Gamester Staffords is part of the Reeder family who have been owners, breeders, exhibitors, importers and exporters of Australia's top award-winning Staffordshire Bull Terriers since 1968. She is also a member of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of NSW.









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