About the Breed

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About the Breed

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, also known as Stafford or Staffie, is a breed of short-haired, small to medium sized dog. The breed was developed in Staffordshire, England and northern parts of Birmingham.
SBT first originated by crossing the Bulldog and Black and Tan Terrier, and evolved over time with the infusion of other breeds for refinement of purpose. In mid-19th century Victorian England, this dog was used for control of vermin and dog fighting.

James Hinks of Birmingham, England was founder of the Bull Terrier which shares the same ancestry as the Staffie. As a breeder, Hinks played a significant role in perfecting the Staffie, a breed that “emerged as one of the most successful and enduring.”[3] After the banning of blood sports and pit fighting in 1835, attitudes changed which, over the course of a few centuries, resulted in generations of responsible breeding and further breed refinement of the Staffie as a popular family pet and companion dog.

It was not until the 1930’s that The Kennel Club (KC) in the UK recognised the Staffordshire Bull Terrier as a breed. The Staffie’s early association as a fighting dog was the biggest obstacle to overcome, but the breed eventually earned recognition as “a wonderful family pet”[1] and was added to the breed registry. Staffies first arrived in North America in the 1880s but it was not until 1974 that the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognised the Staffordshire Bull Terrier as a breed.[3]

First Staffordshire Bull Terrier show, 1935.
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Frequently asked Questions

Staffords are indeed very intelligent dogs. What makes them special is their “always eager to please” character. In the right hands, Staffords are easy to train, but bare in mind they often test just how much they can get away with. Not to be forgotten, they do have a bit of a stubborn streak which must be taken into account. 

Staffies are known to be healthy dogs, but they can suffer from several hereditary health issues. Hence, we emphasize on testing the breeding dogs. 

Nowadays we have test for Hereditary cataracts (HC) and L-2-hydroxyglutaric aciduria (L2HGA). 

As Staffords are generally very healthy medium sized dogs, they enjoy quite long lifespans. If well cared for and fed an appropriate diet, Staffords can live from anything up to 14-15 years, or even longer.

There are NOT dangerous! Undesirable, irresponsible people make them or any dog vicious, dangerous. There nice size and a fun breed to own.  Them being smart, yet stubborn, sometimes makes them seem handful. 

Bare in mind, in some Countries they are covered by the DDA. In Croatia, registered Staffords make an exception from the DDA, but only with certified proof of character.

NO! Staffords are a lot smaller than Pit Bulls and they weigh a lot less too. Except a big difference in size, there is also a big difference in character. 
Staffords are recognized under the European kennel club (FCI), whilst the Pit Bulls are not. 


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