The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, informally known as Staffies, is an energetic dog with lots of love to give! Originally cross bred to exhibit the agility and drive of a terrier and the strength of a bulldog, they require lots of exercise to stay happy and healthy. An active family with older children (older only because the dogs are very strong and could knock a little one over) is the ideal environment for a Staffy!
Top 10 Facts:
1. Staffordshire Bull Terriers come in six colors: solid red, fawn, black, white, blue or brindle.
2. Staffies are also nicknamed “nanny dogs,” reflecting their particular loving affinity towards children.
3. Regarded by the press as “vicious” dogs, they are one of the most misunderstood breeds today, despite the positive loving, loyal, intelligent, and highly obedient traits they exhibit.
4. Because of their terrier heritage, they like to hunt small animals like ferrets and mice. If you also own a rodent, you may want to introduce them to your new Staffy slowly.
5. Unfortunately, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a restricted or banned breed in some cities. So make sure to research your area before you adopt a Staffy!
6. Despite their stocky appearance, they are relatively short dogs standing only 14-16 inches at the shoulder.
7. Staffies are known for their “Staffy smiles,” which refers to the way the dog’s face appears while panting after some vigorous playtime!
8. Staffordshire Bull Terriers were originally bred in the 19th century by coal miners in Staffordshire, England.
9. Staffies typically live for 12 to 15 years on average.
10. Staffies are people pleasers and require and crave human companionship as much as food.