General Information

Dog NameStaffordshire Bull Terrier
Other NamesOld English Bulldog
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeBulldog
Country of OriginUnited Kingdom (UK)

Physical And Size

Min Life Span12
Max Life Span14
Min Ideal Weight for male12
Max Ideal Weight for male15
Min Ideal Weight for female10
Max Ideal Weight for male15


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentEnergetic, Alert, Courageous
Prey DriveNo
Fighting DogYes


Stranger FriendlyMedium
Child FriendlyHigh
Cat FriendlyMedium
Apartment FriendlyMedium
Senior Citizens FriendlyMedium
Service DogMedium
Search and Rescue DogMedium
Biting PotentialMedium
Country of OriginEngland
Nicknames and Other NamesStaffie
Old English Bulldog
Bull and Terrier
Black and Tan Terrier
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
GroupTerrier Group
Bred ForPit fighting, Bullbaiting
SizeSmall to medium-sized
Life Span12-14 years
Ideal WeightMale: 28-38 pounds
Female: 24-34 pounds
Ideal Height14-16 inches (male and female)
Fur TypeShort, Smooth, laying close to the skin
Common ColorsBlue, Black, Brindle, Fawn,
Black and White, Blue and White,
Fawn and White, Red, Red and White
AvailabilityWidely available
AchievementsUsed as military dogs
Suitable for ApartmentsModerately suitable
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToAmerican Staffordshire Terrier

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier with its small body size is well known for its courage, intelligence, and bold personality.

They are agile, happy dogs who fairly make good companions for adults but are extremely playful and energetic with kids.

Origin And History

It is believed that the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bulldog, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, and the Bull Terrier, shares the same ancestors.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was created in the 19th century in England. It was developed by crossing the Bulldog with an ancestor of the Manchester Terrier. The crossing eventually resulted in Staffordshire Bull Terrier we know today.

The first dog of these breeds was registered by AKC named Tinkinswood Imperial. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club Of America was found in 1974.

Are They Child-Friendly?

Yes, the Staffordshire is child-friendly, but despite their patience and gentleness, they should always be supervised in the presence of small children and toddlers. They can be boisterous and may unintentionally knock small children down.

Temperament, Personality, And Behavior

Temperaments of Staffordshire are curious, playful and willing to approach people. They are very fun-loving and a properly trained Staffordshire Bull Terrier is not shy or snarly.

Stafforshire Bull Terrier Are Very Playfull
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Dog Behavior.
Image Via Nylabone

Dogs of these breeds are quite energetic and enthusiastic and do things being alert and responsive. Their people-loving personality makes them a good caretaker of their family, however, they are likely to be protective of their property. And because they are so attentive and interested in people, they will alert you to the presence of visitors.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is not generally a barker, but vocal and will try to entertain you with its snorts, grunts, and groans and also with its singing voice which is described as a yodeling.


Training of Staffordshire Bull Terrier should be started the day you bring them home. They are intelligent and quick learners but sometimes they can be impulsive and stubborn.

Avoid strict and formal obedience training, for best results, you need to be patient, firm and consistent with them, it can help you develop a strong bond with your Staffordshire and will automatically make them obedient towards you. Give them regular training and socialization to ensure that they are happy with you.


  • It was recognized by the Kennel Club of England in 1935.
  • It was recognized by AKC in 1974.
  • At present, the Stafford is ranked 85th among the 157 breeds and varieties recognized by the AKC.
  • The first club show for this breed took place in August 1935 at Cradley Heath in the West Midlands where 60 dogs and bitches were entered.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesCataracts, Mastocytoma, Distichiasis,
Persistent Hyperplastic Primary Vitreous
Vaccination RequiredKennel Cough, Rabies, Canine Parainfluenza,
Canine Coronavirus Canine Distemper,
Canine Parvovirus, Leptospirosis
SheddingNone to Minimal Shedder
DroolingAverage Drooler
GroomingEasy and Minimal Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage to High
Separation AnxietyModerate Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 26%
fat: 8%
Digestive Enzymes

Staffordshire Bull Terriers are generally healthy dogs, but like all breeds, they can be subject to a certain health condition:

  • Hip Dysplasia (CHD): A heritable condition in which the thighbone doesn’t fit snugly into the hip joint.
  • Patellar Luxation: A common problem that occurs when the patella, which has three parts is not properly lined up and often slips out of place.
  • Hereditary Juvenile Cataracts: The development of opacity or cloudiness in the lens of the eye at an early age of Staffordshire Bull Terrier.


The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is found in 16 color patterns, which include:

  • Black
  • Black & White
  • Blue
  • Blue & White
  • Brindle
  • Brindle & White
  • Fawn
  • Fawn & White
  • Red
  • Red & White
  • White
  • White & Brindle
  • White & Fawn
  • White & Red
  • Black & Tan
  • Liver


Staffordshire Bull Terrier Need Early Socialization
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Puppy Sleeping Image Via The Happy Puppy Site

The price of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy varies depending upon the place and the breeder. the average price of the puppy of this breed in USA ranges widely from $1000- $2,500.

Which Dogs Are They Similar To?

Dogs similar to Staffordshire Bull Terrier are:

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