Staffordshire Bull Terrier

This magnificent specimen with a slightly gruff appearance is an excellent companion with wonderful fighting qualities. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier will protect his owners and family without hesitation. He is therefore loyal and very protective, but not aggressive if treated properly.

Height 35 to 40 cm
Weight 10 to 17 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 14 years
Home country United Kingdom (UK)

Quick Overview of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier


  • Very gentle and reliable
  • Affectionate with his family
  • Reliable and protective
  • Distrustful of strangers


  • Endowed with great strength
  • Well-balanced build
  • Muscular and flexible physique
  • Active and courageous


  • Robust and generally healthy
  • No particular pathology
  • May suffer from the cold
  • Generally good lifespan

Temperament of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Very gentle and reliable, his history of fighting dog doesn't impact his excellent behaviour as a companion dog.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is very affectionate with family members and is also an outstanding guardian with great courage.

He is reliable and so protective of children that he is nicknamed the "children's nanny". He remains suspicious of strangers and can easily dissuade them.

He can live with other dogs, but his education will have to take into account socialization at an early age to keep his old fighting instincts well buried.

Preferably an indoor dog, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier should be in constant contact with his family. Human contact is indispensable and vital to him.

He is gentle and affectionate with all members of the household, but especially with children, whom he is especially fond of.

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Breed Appearance

staffordshire bull terrier

For his size, this dog is endowed with great strength and a well-balanced and proportioned build. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is muscular, supple, active, brave and very tenacious. He resembles the American Pit bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier, but in reduced size.


Between 35 and 40 cm (13.78 to 15.75 inches) for the male
Between 35 and 40 cm (13.78 to 15.75 inches) for the female


Between 12 and 17 kg (26.46 to 37.48 pounds) for the male
Between 10 and 15 kg (22.05 to 33.07 pounds) for the female


His coat can vary between red, white, black, fawn or all these colours combined with white. Brindle spots may also be present and brindle and white is accepted. Blue is also tolerated for this breed.


His thick hair is short and smooth.


The head of the adult dog has a broad and high skull. His medium and round eyes are usually very dark. Rose shaped or semi-erect ears are neither large nor medium. His nose is black. His tail is medium length and should not curl.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 3, section 3 and is #76

Price and monthly budget

Price you can expect to pay for a Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy: between and
These prices are indicative and may vary from breeder to breeder
Average monthly budget for a Staffordshire Bull Terrier:
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Tips About this breed

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is an excellent companion dog but also has very distinct ancestral genes that can make him an aggressive and very protective guard.

A well-socialized and trained puppy will make an excellent companion and will protect his family against any danger but will never use his fighting potential.

It is imperative to provide him with a good education and to never stimulate his aggressiveness. His legendary hold is still terrible, and if he reacts, you must be ready to act quickly.

His education must also aim at controlling his very present and sometimes persistent stubbornness.

Most of the time very peaceful, his old instincts remain buried very far down and do not wake up if he is not put into the hands of a master with bad intentions.

He can live in all conditions as long as he lives inside the home. The city or the countryside suits him perfectly in the cosy comfort of his home. He loves the house and walks to spend his energy.

Health of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is very robust and generally enjoys excellent health and the breed does not suffer from any particular pathology.

However, he can suffer from the cold, as his coat does not adequately protect him from the cold and bad weather. His lifespan is generally good.


Regular brushing will help him maintain a healthy, beautiful coat. No other special care is necessary for his well-being.

History of this breed

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier owes his birth to the very popular bloodthirsty dog fights that took place in Great Britain in the 19th century.

Before that century, animal fights were widespread and appreciated by the wealthiest classes of English society. Panthers, lions, wild boars, bears, donkeys and especially bulls were often involved in these deadly fights.

Bulls on their way to the slaughterhouse often found themselves in the bullring with the dogs, hence the origin of the name Bulldog which is largely attributed to these fighting dogs. The dogs had perfect control of the animals, which made them easier to slaughter.

For the pleasure of the kings of 16th and 17th centuries, the "Bankside Bear Garden" was built. This official place was the location by excellence where the greatest fighters of the arena were bred.

Skill, bravery, drive and especially the bite of the dogs were the main selections to become the best fighter. After prohibition of these fights in 1835, the door was opened to dog fights.

Bulldogs were thus put aside because the spectators found them too heavy, too slow and not adapted to this new type of fight.

An unknown breeder then had the idea of crossing Terriers with Bulldogs and thus succeeded in obtaining a dog combining flexibility, endurance, courage, mobility and stamina.

These dogs are the common root of today's Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Bull Terrier and American Pit Bull Terrier.

They were then called Half and Half or Bull and Terrier or English Pitbull or Sporting Bull Terrier. These dogs perfectly combined the qualities of fierce fighters, ruthless hunters and adorable, affectionate companion dogs.

During the 19th and 20th centuries, these dogs made the Anglo-Saxon working class happy.

The breed was officially recognized in England around 1933, and the official club was founded in 1935.

He did not arrive in France until 1943, but he continues to delight today's families as a companion dog and guardian, protecting his beloved masters.

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