Staffordshire Bull Terriers are an English breed that trace their history back to the late 1800s. Originally bred to be fierce bull baiters, the Staffordshire Bull Terriers of today are thankfully kept as pets and are a very popular breed around the world.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers weren’t always good companion dogs. In fact, when they were used for bull baiting, they were prized for their tenacity, aggression, and intelligence, which is a combination that wouldn’t fare well for a companion dog. Today, though, Staffordshire Bull Terriers are beloved members of families all over the world. While they retain some of that stubborn nature which made them so formidable, they now make excellent pets for people who know how to train them well and treat them appropriately—with plenty of love.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers really became popular as pets in the 1930s and were very common in Great Britain. They made their way over to the United States a few years later and were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1975.
This is a breed that really loves people. They are extremely social and loving dogs, with enthusiastic and exuberant personalities. Because of this, and their intense exercise needs, they technically would make better suburban or country dogs. However, people definitely see them often in major cities, so they can adapt well to apartment life as long as they are properly exercised.
Their ability to get along well with other canines really varies from dog to dog. Some Staffordshire Bull Terriers really enjoy the company of other dogs, while others are territorial and won’t appreciate sharing their beloved owner. Owners should train and socialize their Staffordshire Bull Terriers from puppyhood to get along well with other dogs; this will truly make a difference. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are well known for their love of children, even so much that they are sometimes called “nanny dogs.” They love children of all ages, but because of their size and strength, they are ideal for older children.
Prospective owners should take care to obtain their Staffordshire Bull Terriers from a reputable breeder. Because of their immense popularity, they are often sold by unreliable people. Therefore people should research breeders before picking a puppy. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are frequently found in shelters too, so adopting a puppy or adult from a neighborhood shelter is a fabulous idea.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers are commonly referred to as Pit Bulls, but they are in fact a totally different breed. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are shorter and smaller.
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