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The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Temperament Is Courageous,Tenacious,Affectionate and Feisty.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Temperament

This is an affectionate and obedient dog breed, being well known for their reliability as a companion and family pet. Staffie’s have a cheerful appearance, a positive outlook on life and possess a fair amount of self-confidence.


The Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s temperament means they are active and playful, often becoming rather animated in their enthusiasm, owners of these dogs describe them as goofy always wanting to be in the centre of attention.

Children: Nicknamed the “Nanny Dog” in Olde England for their eagerness and ability to assume the role of a child’s nursemaid (though not a practice we would endorse these days) they are very good and affectionate with children, but may be too boisterous for toddlers.

 Also consider these other great dog breeds that are good with children

Other Pets: Problematic with cats and other small animals unless well socialised and /or raised with them. Can be more naturally dog aggressive than other breeds,

Staffies usually don't start fights, but if challenged will not back down. They are tenacious, strong and have a high pain tolerance. Males tend to be the aggressive ones, and prefer to be top dog, any other male dog may be seen as a threat and this is why proper socialization is a must.

Protection level:Low, but alert will bark if they sense trouble, demeanour and reputation is usually enough to deter unwelcome attention. Can be hostile towards other dogs.

Exercise These dogs are very energetic and love games; the rougher, the better. Tug of war, chase and rough 'n' tumble are favourite activities of the Staffie; these dogs need to be exercised daily. They have a lot of energy and need to be kept busy. Without proper exercise, 'Staffies' can become rambunctious, destructive and get themselves into trouble. A tired dog is a happy dog.

Coat:The coat of the Staffordshire Terrier is sleek, soft, dense and short, lying close to the body. This breed is an average shedder. Weekly brushing will minimize the amount of hair released.

Grooming:The Staffordshire has a short coat and minimal grooming is needed. A soft bristle brush or a hound mitt used weekly will keep shedding down and keep the coat soft and healthy looking. Bathing is only required when the dog is dirty.

This is not really a suitable breed for the novice or timid owner.

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The Staffordshire Bull Terrier or “Staffie” was bred for dog fighting during the 1800's,  with breeders going for a dog that was small, nimble and with incredibly strong jaws but importantly, not aggressive toward people. By the time dog fighting was made in Illegal in England,  Staffies had so endeared themselves amongst their fans that they continued to be highly sought after. Concerted efforts followed to breed some of the more dog aggressive elements of their temperament out and make the dog more attractive to showing and for keeping as pets.

The breed was formally recognized by the English Kennel club in 1935 and by the AKC in 1974. A much maligned breed with today’s sensationalist media, Staffordshire Bull Terriers are lovers , not fighters.



(English) Bull Terrier


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Staffordshire Bull Terrier Information and Breed Notes

The Staffordshire does everything full throttle, play, work, and love. They are willing to join in almost any activity if its a “proper English day” .ie not to hot, but no freezing rain”….

Staffies love a challenge and believe variety is the jalapeno of life. Owners need to protect these dogs from injuring themselves as they are curious and totally fearless .”

Chris Walcowicz- the Perfect Match

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How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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