Staffordshire Bull Terrier

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier has a history linked to the ancient practices of dog fighting in England. Its "rose" or semi-erect ears and its short and robust head stand out. In addition, it is a brave, intelligent and affectionate dog, showing unsurpassed loyalty.

General details

The breed has a medium size and a balanced structure. Males can weigh between 13 and 17 kg, while females range between 11 and 15 kg. The height is between 36 and 41 centimeters. The life expectancy of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is 12 to 14 years. The breed belongs to Group 3 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which includes Terriers.

Breed history in brief

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed arose from crosses between Bulldogs and Terriers to participate in bloody dog fights in England. Despite the prohibition of these events, the breed continued in clandestine fights. James Hinks perfected the breed in the 19th century in Staffordshire, giving rise to today's Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Later, in North America, the American Staffordshire Terrier was developed. After more than a century of responsible breeding, both breeds were transformed from fighters to reliable family companions.

Breed characteristics

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a balanced and muscular dog. Its head is short and the eyes, preferably dark, are medium sized and round. The ears are rose-shaped or semi-erect, and the tail is of medium length and tapering towards the tip. It should be carried downward and should not be curled. The breed's coat is smooth, short and close to the body. It can have different colors such as red, fawn, white, black or blue, either in combination with white or in shades of brindle. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a brave and tenacious dog, known for its great intelligence and affection towards children. It is fearless and reliable, showing unwavering loyalty. Its energetic and active nature makes it enjoy physical activities, while its emotional balance and adaptability make it a loyal and affectionate companion for the whole family.

Common health problems

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, with optimal care and attention, can enjoy a long healthy life, although it is predisposed to certain health problems. Among the most common diseases or disorders are brachycephalic syndrome, cataracts, demodicosis and hip dysplasia. In addition to the aforementioned conditions, the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) of OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) recommends a cardiac and ocular evaluation examination, as well as a series of tests to assess the following diseases: elbow dysplasia and patellar luxation.

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