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Staffordshire Bull Terrier: The Ultimate Breed Guide 2020


Are you lonely and looking for a furry companion? Or do you want a playmate for your children? Look no further as this fun-loving tenacious dog breed will ensure your life never gets boring! Let's dive into the vast pool of Staffordshire Bull Characteristics.



Characteristics of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier


'Short and sweet' is an overall description of this breed. Though they look ferocious, Staffordshire Bull Terriers are playful and adorable. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are not fighters back will certainly not back down when challenged.

Without further due, let's take a tour of their characteristics.





Staffordshire Bull Terriers are not only ideal playful darlings but also impressively adaptable. They therefore get 2 out of 5 stars for adaptability. 


  • Due to their reserved nature, Staffies are often glad wherever you place them, whether in an apartment or mansion thus they get 3 stars for adapting to apartment space. However, like any other dog breed, constant activity is essential- without daily trots and romps in an outdoor space, this highly energetic pup may pile up frustration, thus becoming destructive.

  • If you live in a suburban or rural home, this is a plus for you, as your Staffordshire Bull can run around the backyard every day and have a proper socialization routine. However, you need to secure your yard by fencing as the Staffie can turn into a menace when not mentally stimulated. 

  • Another point to note: go through the housing specification in your neighbourhood before renting or purchasing. It's a bummer that some landlords still continue to ban these bull breed sweethearts. 

  • If you are a novice dog owner, we recommend an hour of daily exercise for your muscular Stafford. But despite their colossal stamina, they adore snuggle sessions as well, when the occasion calls for it, which gives them 1-star rating for suiting new dog owners. Additionally, extra outdoor time and one-on-one play sessions will genuinely be welcomed with open paws!

  • Staffordshire Bull Terriers are naturally social. They enjoy people as well as animal company and have a low tolerance level for solitude, which gives them 2 stars for tolerating being alone. Therefore, keep your outdoor conquests short or have a dog sitter available when you travel. 


  • Staffies can tolerate cold weather on condition they are active. During winter seasons your pup will relish a play snow-ball session. Furthermore, sprinting in deep snow helps to build its muscles. However, don't prolong outdoor activities when the temperature drops below 5ᵒF because your pooch can catch the sniffles. Therefore, Staffies get 3 stars for enduring cold weather.

  • Because Staffordshire Bull Terriers lack an undercoat, you must consider purchasing a suitable dog sweater or coat for your pet to wear in cold seasons.

  • Staffies have a low tolerance to heat- their muscular physique makes their body temperature high, especially when they exercise outdoors. Thus they are prone to heatstroke on a hot day. Therefore, when walking your pup on a hot summer day, make sure to carry an umbrella and lots of bottled water with you. Stafford definitely get 1 star-rating for tolerating hot weather. 

  • Your outdoor pet will also love a splash in the kiddie pool. Another tip: leave your Staffordshire at home rather than driving with it particularly on hot days. You wouldn't want your beloved pooch to become a victim of heatstroke. 

  • Staffordshire Bull Terriers get 4 stars for sensitivity because they are a little more emotional than other dog breeds. They take punishments to heart, even soft ones, and they cannot withstand an inconsistent daily routine.

  • They also don't like a noisy environment and regular house visits. Staffies will pick up on your emotion, and thus if you are sad, you will probably have a moody pup as well.  



Overall Friendliness


With proper training and socialization, Staffordshire Bulls are great children companions and beautiful family pups and get 4 out 5 stars for all-round friendliness.



  • They are highly liberal of touchy toddlers and enjoy gambolling around the yard with young children and will also follow the older children on their adventures around the block. Staffies therefore get 5 stars for being family and child-friendly. They also get 5 stars for being stranger-friendly.

  •  Most Staffordshire Bull Terriers are peaceful with other cats and dogs in their family but will absolutely not back down from a fight challenge, which gives them 1-star for being dog and cat-friendly. 

  • Therefore, before adding a Staffie as a member of your multi-pet home, you might want to evaluate the other pets. If you already have a supreme alpha dog; it might not be a good idea having a Staffie pup- it will be like having two big fish in one small pond. When in a park, closely supervise your Staffords' interaction with other dogs and ensure they are not challenging yours. 

  • Stubborn and sometimes strong-willed, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is prone to demand a high-ranking in the family hierarchy. You must exercise confident leadership, particularly during obedience training and show the pup whose boss! Because if it's not you, it's him.



Health and Grooming Needs


Lucky for you if you hardly get free time for grooming as these stocky breeds are low-maintenance. Staffordshire Bull Terriers get 3 out of 5 scores for health and grooming needs because of their smooth short coats. They however need regular baths and brushing. Ensure you inspect and clean their ears especially is they've been frolicking in the bushes or the woods. 


  • Staffordshire Bull Terriers shed very minimally to nil fur and for that reason they get 1-star. Therefore, you don't have to fear for your furniture or clothes being covered by dog fur. Stafford is the best breed if you or your children have fur allergies.

  • The Stafford is an occasional drool, which gives them 3 stars; however, if you notice a more frequent drooling habit, it may be an indication of a health issue and would be best to consult your veterinarian.  

  • The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a sturdy breed, but there are some health problems you should look into and consult your vet if you notice any abnormalities with your pup. They include Distichiasis, Persistent Hyperactive Primary Vitreous, Cataracts and Mastocytoma. Stafford therefore gets 3 stars for general health.

  • Staffies have a high potential for weight gain and very deserving of 4 star-rating in this department. If you don't regulate your pooch's diet, it can quickly become overweight. If you observe your Stafford's weight beginning to tilt towards the plump side, you should schedule more than one daily walk or run and feed it quality dry food to avoid obesity and health issues associated with it. Furthermore, it is crucial to talk with your vet about a solid diet plan for your pet that regulates or eliminates unhealthy treats and incorporates regular weight checks. 



  • The Staffordshire is a medium-sized perfectly fit dog and gets 2-stars.


  • A fully grown male weighs 13-17 kg while the female weighs 11-15 kg. 





These humorous little jalopies are intelligent and relatively easy to train, which allocates them 3 out of 5 stars for trainability. Stafford has an in-born tendency to please their human companions, meaning they react promptly and always seek for cues. Being calm and positive will bring out the best of this breed. 




  • The Staffie is quite strong-minded. Because of their high prey drive, insufficient training can make your pup ill-behaved. Stafford thus gets 2 stars for prey drive. 

  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier has standard obedience intelligence. You need to be very patient with teaching this dog new commands and tricks, but you'll find it is worth the hustle. Staffords comprehend new orders after about 25-40 repetitions. They yield to the first command half of the time or more frequently.  Stafford thus gets 2 stars for training ease and intelligence.

  • Staffordshire Bull Terriers have lower than average tendency to bite, chew or nip. They often bite in a non-aggressive manner when playing, which gives them 2 stars for mouthiness.

  • Offer your pup the toughest chew toys you can buy to occupy its strong jaws-this is an excellent alternative to furniture or shoes! Tug toys and Fetch Toys are great start-up options. Plush Toys are not suitable as they can be torn to shreds within minutes. They can be pleasurable for Staffies but be ready to pick up the pieces.

  • If you like a serene and quiet environment, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is your dog because its tendency to bark is minimal- a 3-star level. 

  • An athletic Stafford is mischievous for scoping even a six-foot wall, and when pushed over the edge, it can dig a tunnel under the wall or fence. Stafford therefore gets 4 stars for wanderlust potential. Therefore, this overconfident small buster needs constant supervision and dominance from an equally aggressive and intelligent owner.



Physical Needs


  • The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is craggy, vibrant and spontaneous. "Why stay on the ground when you can fly?" is their motto. This spry breed gets 4 out 5 stars for physical requirements.

  • The Staffie gets 3 stars for energy level. The dog needs vigorous exercise as a valve for its energy and the upkeep of its spectacular muscle tone. 

  • Remember that Staffordshire Bull Terriers are tenacious go-getters! If you don't provide them with constructive activities, they will preoccupy themselves with chewing and barking, which is often a nuisance and destructive. For this reason, Staffies get 4 stars for exercise needs coupled with 5 stars for playfulness. 




Vital Stats About the Staffordshire Bull Terrier





Dog Breed Group

Terrier Dogs



36-41 cm



Male: 14 kg

Female: 13 kg

Life Span

12-14 years

Coat Length 


Grooming Needs


Litter Size

5-7 puppies

Sleeping Demand

12-14 hours a day






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Other Fun Facts About the Staffordshire Bull Terrier 


Here are more captivating delicacies about the Stafford:


  • They love playing and being bouncy more than being tough. They view life as adventurous and cherish it to the fullest.


  • Though they are cousins of the American Staffordshire Terriers and American Pit Bull Terriers, Stafford curves out their niche through unique physical characteristics such as its broad skull and pronounced cheekbones. 

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Puppies


The Staffordshire Bull Terrier (or Staffy) was bred in Britain in the 19th-century as an undersized, swift fighting dog. Now, with the loving nickname 'The Nanny Dog,' he is brave, intelligent, forbearing and loving of children nothing like his ancestors! While the English Staffy comes across as an imposing creature, with his athletic, muscular build, intimidating stance and penetrating gaze, he is, deep down a sensitive and amorous companion. He has a lively yet soft personality and enjoys having fun more than living rough.


This breed does need significant exercise but a daily brisk walk should keep his vigour at bay. With an easy-care coat, this puppy is relatively low maintenance; however, Staffies don't like to be left alone for long periods of time. As such, these people-loving animals would be more suited to a hands-on pet owner. Expect your Staffy to demand lots of attention as you build your relationship with this loving and truly trustworthy dog. The Blue Staffy is currently our most popular puppy of its kind. Cute!


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English vs. American Staffy


It can be a challenge telling the difference between Staffordshire Bull Terriers (English Staffies) and American Staffordshire Terriers. Both are easy to maintain, are great with kids, shed minimally and require daily exercise; however, they are often slightly different in appearance and varied in nature.


The American Staffie is lankier, tall with a slender frame; whereas, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a shorter, more robust and muscular breed. The cheeks of the English Staffy are far more pronounced and the ear shape generally varies; the American sporting a clipped look, while the English Staffy's ears remain generally intact and pricked to attention.


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