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AKC Meet the Breeds: Staffordshire Bull Terrier

American Kennel Club, Inc. (c) 2011

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a smooth-coated dog with great strength for his size. He is active and agile and comes in six color varieties: solid red, fawn, white, black, blue, or brindle. Today, he serves primarily as a family companion and is seen in the show, obedience, and agility rings.

A Look Back

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier draws its character of indomitable courage, high intelligence, and tenacity from his past history. The breed originated in the 19th century when coal miners in Staffordshire, England, wanted a small, fast dog. They combined the Bulldog with a small local terrier similar to the Manchester Terrier. The result was the Staffordshire Bull Terrier that we know today.

Right Breed for You?

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is extremely courageous and obedient, highly intelligent, and affectionate with a sense of humor. This, coupled with its affection for its friends, and children in particular, its off-duty quietness and trustworthy stability, makes it a foremost all-purpose dog. He looks forward to daily exercise, and his powerful jaws enjoy a supply of sturdy chew toys. While he is a sweet-tempered, affectionate dog, his strength and determination require an experienced owner who can work with him in a firm but gentle way. The Staffie's coat is short and smooth and needs only a quick brushing once a week.

  • Terrier Group; AKC recognized in 1975.
  • Ranging in size from 14 to 16 inches tall at the shoulder and 24 to 38 pounds.
  • Game sports.

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Comments (4)

  • nestorsmom 21 Jul, 2010

    What Neversong said. Parents should always supervise their children around dogs, no matter what the breed. Here is video of my American Staffordshire Terrier (Amstaff) with two children. You can see how patient he is:
    P.S. He's a rescue and an Ambassadog for his breed.

  • Neversong 21 Jul, 2010

    Continuation of the comment below.

    But today, with over breeding of the American Pit, they look a lot different than the staff. Ignorant breeders are breeding for size, and not health, making some pit bulls a lot larger than the staffie.

    Now-a-days these three breeds all look very different, if you know what your looking for/at.
    All in all, each one of these breeds make fantastic pets in the right hands.

  • Neversong 21 Jul, 2010

    There is a difference between the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier, however, there is not much of a difference between a American Staffordshire Terrier and an American Pit Bull Terrier. When the AKC started to recognize these breeds, some of the owners of The AmPit did not want to change the name of their dogs. Thus resulting in the Amstaff. The AKC did not want dogs with the word PIT in their name to be recognized.

  • kellyboy 29 Dec, 2009

    Is a Staffordshire Terrier the same as a pit bull? They look very similar.