The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a hardy pup from England. This breed is very similar, and often confused with the American Pit Bull Terrier. These dogs get a bad wrap, but they so lovable and they absolutely adore their owners. It is a shame how history has treated them so cruely.
Illustration courtesy of the Swedish Kennel Club
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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.
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 have evolved and today are kept as pets. They are a very popular breed around the world.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers 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 has social, enthusiastic, and exuberant personalities. With their higher energy level, they need regular exercise.
Prospective owners should take care to obtain their Staffordshire Bull Terriers from a reputable breeder. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are frequently found in shelters, too, so adopting a puppy or adult from a neighborhood shelter can be a great way to find one of these breeds.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers on Embark
Explore some Embark dogs that share Staffordshire Bull Terrier ancestry.