AKC PuppyFinder: Staffordshire Bull Terrier Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Brave, tenacious, a bit stubborn; but also gentle, playful, and clever
- Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Vigorous exercise and secure running room are a must; neglected Staffies are destructive
- Good with Children: Yes
- Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
- Shedding: Seasonal
- Grooming: Occasional
- Trainability: Independent
- Height: 14-16 inches (male), 24-24 inches (female)
- Weight: 28-38 pounds (male)
- Life Expectancy: 12-14 years
- Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
- Breed Description
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a steady and sweet-natured dog, patient with children and devoted to his people. They are strong and determined, with a powerful build, so early socialization and training are essential. A Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy may respond best to an experienced owner or trainer who understands how to work with him. He'll also thrive on vigorous exercise and a secure place to run and play, and is a great playmate as long as he knows that you're in charge. Brave and intelligent, with a bit of the comedian mixed in, he'll bond closely to the family and, with the right guidance, be a good canine citizen.
- History & Job
Year Recognized: 1936
Breed History & Job Description: The AKC recognizes four terriers classified as “bull types”: Bull Terriers and Mini Bulls, AmStaffs, and Staffies. All have a similar backstory. A few centuries ago, in the days when dogfighting was considered a sport instead of a crime, breeders experimented with various crosses to create fighting dogs possessing the strength and the punishing jaws of Bulldogs and the fiery spirit and quickness of terriers. The AKC’s four “bully breeds” are the most successful and enduring of those experiments.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like mild dysplasia, hereditary cataracts, cleft palate, and elongated soft palate do occur occasionally. Less frequently, cases of PRA (progressive retinal atrophy), deafness, demodectic manage, and distichiasis (inverted eyelashes that can irritate the cornea) have also been documented. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Staffordshire Bull Terriers are healthy dogs.
Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:
- L2HGA DNA Test
- Hereditary Cataracts DNA Test
- Ophthalmologist Evaluation
- Breed Club