Staffordshire Bull Terrier

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The Staffordshire bull terrier (more colloquially known as staffie or staffy) is a breed of dog which is medium size, with a short coat. It was originally bred to kill mice and rats. It is an English breed, there is also another version the American Staffordshire Terrier which is larger. It developed in the region of Staffordshire, England in the nineteenth century by crossing bulldogs with terriers. It was originally for the defunct sport of bull baiting.

The breed is known for its boldness, inquisitiveness and fearlessness. It can make for a reliable family dog, thriving on the family environment, but requires an experienced dominant owner. These dogs have a history of being involved in dog fights, so this breed has a tendency to be aggressive towards other dogs. So that even a Terrier with a benign temperament may fight other dogs if challenged. It is generally held that it by stopping the Staffordshire from making eye contact with strange dogs then this behaviour can be reduced. Aggression reduction can also be achieved by proper socialisation and training of the puppy.

The Staffordshire bull terrier will be ok in an apartment as long as it gets enough exercise, it is very active indoors. They normally have a life expectancy of 10-16 years. Grooming is relatively easy due to the short-haired coat.