Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed was used for pit fighting over a century ago and this has given it a bad reputation. By nature they make good companions because of their good and stable temperament.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier's Behavior
Recommended for: pet
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier dog breed is friendly towards humans but can be trouble to other dog breeds. With other dogs, Staffordshire Bull Terriers are prone to dominance fights. To counteract this they should be kept away from other dogs with similar genders or be with dogs that do not have aggressive tendencies. It is for those dogs' sakes as the Staffy is a very accomplished fighter. Towards humans there is no problem. If raised and socialized properly they make energetic and intelligent companions and their love for play makes it necessary that they be closely watched. They are excellent with children.
Remember that breed only provides a general clue as to any individual dog's actual behavior. Make sure to get to know dogs well before bringing them into your home.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier's Physical Characteristics
Here are some of the characteristics of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed as determined by the American Kennel Club's published breed standard.
* Size: males 28 - 38 lbs, females 24 - 34 lbs
* Coat: smooth, short, close to skin
* Color: red, blue, fawn, black or blue, white with any of previous colors
* Eyes: dark or somewhat similar to coat color, round, mid-size
* Ears: half-pricked, not large
* Muzzle: short
* Nose: black
* Tail: mid-length, low set, tapering to a point
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier's Origins and History
Country/Region of Origin: United Kingdom
Original purpose: dog fighting, bull-baiting, lion fighting
Name: sometimes called English Staffordshire Terrier, Bull Staff, Staffy
Historical notes: Staffordshire Bull Terrier dogs were among those bred in the 1800's for pit fighting. This has given them a bad reputation. They were originally developed to be a gentleman's dog breed for their good looks.