The Staffordshire Bull Terrier has built up quite a reputation over the years of being one of the least friendly breeds of dog and a ‘difficult’ canine to control, strange then that their nickname in the UK is the ‘Nanny Dog’ due to the Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s remarkable ability and natural love often observed with children.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppies are a delight to be around as they exude affection and warmth which is unfortunately coupled with a stubborn side! Training therefore needs to be ongoing with this breed, non-coercive training methods work the best but you will require a lot of stability and routine when it comes to your Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s training sessions.
There have been many potential owners duped of late when purchasing this particular breed of dog as bogus Staffordshire Bull Terrier breeders are cross-breeding several terrier type dogs together and passing them off as genuine Staffordshire Bull Terriers.
If you are considering owning a ‘Staffie’ then there are certain key points you can look for yourself when trying to identify the true breed, now the following refers to an adult Staffordshire Bull Terrier as even if you are buying a puppy you must insist on viewing the puppy’s parents.
Most people know about the Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s muscular build, this is one of the main factors which make the breed seem a little daunting. The body shape is almost square and to be honest there is not a lot of difference between a male and female regarding size and weight. The male weighs approximately 28 – 38lbs whilst the female is 24 – 34lbs and both stand about 14 – 16” at their withers.
Their neck should be muscular and short and it should always possess a clean outline and widen out when it reaches the dog’s shoulders. A Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s chest is deep and wide, the legs should be set wide apart and be heavy boned, their paws will be heavily padded and medium sized and their rear should also be muscular.
A Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s tail should not be docked and should be medium in its length with a slight curl to it, their tail is carried low. Their ears stand at half height and their eyes are generally dark but having said that they might be lighter if the dog has a lighter coloured coat. The coat should be short and smooth to the touch.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers are a proud looking breed of dog with their heads normally held aloft and their tails wagging.