Crossings of terriers with Bulldogs during the early years of the nineteenth century gave rise to the origins of this breed. It was developed for dog-fighting purposes in England, but when this activity was made illegal, breeders sought to remove aggressive traits from its nature. Recognition was slow in coming, however, the Kennel Club of Great Britain only acknowledging the Staffordshire Bull Terrier in 1935
Coat Type/Colour: Short; wide variety
Height: 14 – 16 Inch (35.5 – 40.5 cm)
Weight: 28 – 38 lb (12.7 – 17.3 kg)
Nature: Loyal; can be aggressive
These are relatively stubborn dogs by nature, and still retain a tendency to scrap with other dogs that cross their path. Firm training is therefore essential from the outset, especially if you keep one of these terriers in an urban area, where it is more likely to come into contact with other dogs. They tend to make loyal house pets, however, and prove determined guards of property.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1974. A slightly different form is also popular here, classified separately as the American Staffordshire Terrier, often abbreviated to AmStaffs. These are not the same as the fearsome American Pit Bull Terrier, but resemble their English ancestor in temperament. A good choice of colour is available in the case of both Staffordshire breeds.