The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, also called Staffie, is one of the Bull type Terriers, of which it is the smallest representative in size. His athletic body exudes great power even though he is of medium to a small height. Despite their aggressive demeanor, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a very kind and very affectionate, trustworthy pet. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a dog with a well-proportioned build. Of muscular constitution, it displays a great power compared to its size. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is very muscular and remarkably agile. It gives off an impression of explosive force.
- Size: 33 cm to 40 cm
- Weight: 10 kg to 17 kg
- Coat: short
- Color: red, fawn, white, or black
- Life expectancy: 12 years
- Gestation period: 63 days
Description and characteristics of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, a medium-sized dog, is recognizable thanks to its very muscular and well-proportioned body as well as its broad head with powerful jaws. Its round eyes are usually dark in color. His coat is short, smooth, and thick.
Origin of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is the result of the cross between a Bull And Terrier and an Old English Terrier. His breed was created in England in the 19th century, and more specifically in Staffordshire located in the West Midlands, mainly to make it a fighting dog, a very popular activity at that time. Over time and with the ban on such fights, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier has become a companion dog.
History of the breed
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier descends from a cross between the Old English Bulldog and terriers such as the White Terrier or the Manchester Terrier. It is obviously of British origin and appeared in the heart of the 19 th century as domesticated. Previously, it was mainly used in fights against bulls, bears, and donkeys. These fights are banned in 1835 although they have continued throughout the first half of the 19 th century.
Its current name was not adopted until 1935 by the British Kennel Club. Since then, the Staffie has entered the customs and homes. His dedication, his affection for his master, his playful side, but also his aptitudes for hunting make him a very popular dog.
His hair is straight, short, and thick.
Its color: red, brown, white, black or blue, or white mottled, brindle (with or without white).
His head: short, wide, and tall. The onslaught is marked, the nose is still black, the jaws are very strong, and there are well-developed teeth.
His ears: Neither big nor heavy, either arranged in pink or partially upright. Do not tilt it or make it completely upright.
His eyes: Round in shape, medium in size, arranged so that the dog can be seen straight.
The color should be dark, but it can be lighter if it fits the dress.
His body is compact and muscular, with a wide chest, well-sunk in the sternum, and a short, strong neck that extends to the shoulders.
Its tail: Medium length, firm, and less worn. It is sophisticated to the end. Do not roll-up.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a particularly robust dog that we must above all protect from the cold and bad weather because of his rather sparse coat. It also presents predispositions to certain dermatological pathologies such as demodectic mange (also called follicular mange; due to infestation of the hair follicles by a microscopic vermiform mite) and Pyoderma (caused by bacteria such as streptococci and staphylococci).
The miniature bull terrier is distinguished by its character of a small brute, tough but lively, playful, and facetious. He is loyal to the family and welcoming to strangers, without slipping into servility. A good playmate, the miniature bull terrier is patient with children.
Learning obedience can be difficult. The miniature bull terrier takes a joke, especially in training sessions. If things are presented as a game, the dog will tend to cooperate more. Otherwise, his stubborn character will gain the upper hand and all training efforts will be in vain!
People who open their homes and hearts to a miniature bull terrier would be wise to have a sense of humor. This dog is a cabin. His inquisitive and buffoonish temperament often makes him goof up, but in so far as he is mentally and physically stimulated every day, the Miniature Bull Terrier is a good indoor dog.
The miniature bull terrier makes a good watchdog and a respectable defense dog, although its size prevents it from playing this role well. This breed of dog is not suitable for outdoor enclosure life.
The care of the coat could not be easier: just wash it!