Quick Look

  • Height

    • Male35 – 40 cm
    • Female32 – 38 cm
  • Weight

    • Male12 – 17 kg
    • Female11 – 15 kg
  • Common Colors

    • Black
    • Brindle or blue
    • fawn
    • Red
    • They may also be any of these colours with white.
    • White
  • Coat Texture

    • Smooth and short.
  • Average Lifespan

    • 12 to 14 years

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

History of the Breed

Named after its place of origin, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was first bred in Staffordshire, England in the 19th Century. Bulldogs and terriers were bred together to create the breed, who were then used for "bull baiting"; the blood sport that was banned in 1835.


  • Adaptability
  • Exercise needs
  • Intelligence
  • Popularity
  • Trainability


  • Obedient
  • Playful
  • Strong-willed

Common Health Problems

  • Canine Hip dysplasia In dogs, hip dysplasia is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that, in its more severe form, can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints.
  • Elbow dysplasia Elbow dysplasia is a condition involving multiple developmental abnormalities of the elbow-joint in the dog, specifically the growth of cartilage or the structures surrounding it.
  • juvenile Cataracts A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside the eye which leads to a decrease in vision.
  • Metabolic Disorders 2-hydroxyglutaric aciduria is a group of rare neurometabolic disorders characterized by the significant elevation of urinary levels of hydroxyglutaric acid.
  • Patellar Luxation Luxating patella is a condition in which the patella, or kneecap, dislocates or moves out of its normal location.

Top Tips for Caring for a Staffordshire Bull Terrier

  • Daily exercise in the form of 2-3 45 minute walks a day is sufficient
  • Re-enforce any fencing around your garden as they have a tendency to dig
  • When it is hot, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier should always have access to shade and drinking water
  • Early socialisation is a must in order for your dog to be friendly towards other dogs and animals

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