HISTORY OF THE STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, fondly known as a "staffie","staffy" or "Stafford" Was officially recognised as a breed by the UK Kennel Club in May of 1935. The breeds history however, dates back much further. Staffords are the result of breeding bull dogs and terriers to create a bold and tenacious pit dog. The breed was perfected by James Hinks of Birmingham and the breed was named for the county of Staffordshire, where these intelligent and compact dogs had become exceedingly popular. Staffords have now left the bloodsports behind, and due to their reliable nature and fun personalities, they have become incredibly popular family pets.
IS A STAFFORD THE RIGHT DOG FOR YOU?
Staffords are well known for being great family dogs. They are loyal companions who are loving and patient with children and love nothing more than being with their people. They are energetic, intelligent dogs who strive to please and thrive on an active lifestyle but they're equally happy cuddled up on the couch. Staffords prefer to have some company, so a human or dog friend at home most of the time is best. Care is simple for your stafford, a good quality raw diet, plenty of age appropriate exercise, socialisation and lots of love will ensure you have a healthy, happy dog.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a smooth-coated dog. It should be of great strength for its size and, although muscular, should be active and agile. Short, broad skull with a strong jaw and pronounced cheek muscles. The SBT should be a compact animal with a reliable temperament. For the full ANKC breed standard for the Staffordshire Bull Terrier please visit the link below.