Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Average Height

33 - 41cm

Average Weight

11 - 15kg

Expected Lifespan

12 - 16 years

The Nanny

Originally bred in the 19th century in Britain to be a fighting dog, the Staffordshire soon became a breed that was loved by all. The Staffie’s fighting days are long over and are now welcomed into many homes for their intelligence, patience, playfulness and their love for children.

Many have fallen in-love with this breed because of their muscular and strong appearance. No matter how tough this dog may look on the outside, they are like giant teddies on the inside. Staffies are known for their gentle and kind personality towards their owners, however they do not show these same traits towards dogs that they do not know. It is very important then to gradually introduce a new dog to your Staffie if you are adding a new addition to the family.

The Staffordshire bull terrier has been dubbed “the nanny “ of dogs as they have so much patience with children. They have a deep love for children and because of their gentle nature, they prefer playing instead of being tough. The Staffie loves nothing more than to be around their family.

This breed needs a lot of exercise and just as much attention and love. They do not cope well with being left alone for long periods of time.

So if you have children and you are looking to add a dog to the family, then you can never go wrong with a Staffordshire bull terrier.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Anatomy


Head is short, broad and deep with a distinct stop. Muzzle is short with a strong clean jaw, cheek muscles are pronounced. Ears are short and are held rose or half prick. Eyes are round, medium sized and set well apart. Nose is black. Mouth has a complete scissor bite.


Neck is short and widens towards the shoulders. Shoulders are well laid back and muscular. Back is short and slopes slightly towards the rear. Chest is deep and ribs are well-sprung. Forelegs are straight and are set well apart. Hindquarters are well muscled. The hind legs are parallel when viewed from the rear. Stifles are well-bent and hocks are well let down. Tail is short in proportion to body, tapers towards the end. Coat is short and smooth.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Coat and Colours

One colour throughout the entire coat.

  • Black
  • Blue
  • Fawn
  • Red

Two distinct colours on the coat.

  • Black & white
  • Blue & white
  • Fawn & white
  • Red & white

Mixture of black, brown, tan or gold in a “tiger stripe” pattern.

  • Black brindle
  • Blue brindle
  • Fawn brindle
  • Red brindle

Some Staffordshire Bull Terrier Traits

Grooming Frequency

Common Medical Conditions in Staffordshire Bull Terriers

This is when there is a malformation of the hip joint. The hip joint is made up of a ball…

This is when there is a degeneration of the retina, or photoreceptors within the eye that aid in the ability…

This occurs when the lens of the dog’s eye becomes opaque and loses transparency; appearing cloudy. When the lens is…

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