Staffordshire Bull Terrier

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The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is many things – playful, smart, gentle, brave, a little bit hard-headed, always charming.

Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 5in - 1ft 7in
Weight: 25-40lbs
Lifespan: 12 - 14 Years


  • Affection5/5
  • Kid-Friendly5/5
  • Stranger-Friendly5/5
  • Dog-Friendly1/5
  • Barking Amount3/5


  • Grooming Difficulty2/5
  • Shedding Amount2/5
  • Easy to Train2/5
  • Can Be Alone2/5
  • Exercise Need4/5


  • Cold Tolerance3/5
  • Heat Tolerance1/5
  • Apartment-Friendly3/5

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Information

As a pet, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is sweet and family-oriented, bravely watching over his loved ones. He is moderately active – a little exercise goes a long way.


The Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s history began centuries ago in England. The breed was put to the test in British fighting pits in the 1800s, but luckily those days are over. Compared to his cousin in the United States, the American Staffordshire Terrier, this guy is smaller, packing in lots of muscle into his 24-38 pound body. The breed comes in many different colors.

It is believed that the breed originated in the region of Staffordshire, England. It was developed by crossing the English Bulldog with various terrier breeds and was used for various tasks, including hunting, fighting, and guarding.

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Training and Temperament

Despite their fearsome reputation as fighters and hunters, Staffordshire Bull Terriers are known for their friendly and affectionate personalities. They are highly social animals and love to be around people, which makes them an excellent choice for families with children.

When it comes to training, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a quick learner and highly intelligent. They are known for their ability to quickly pick up new commands and skills and are eager to please their owners. However, it is important to be consistent and firm when training a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, as they can sometimes be stubborn and independent.

Socialization is an extremely important aspect of training. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are known for their high energy levels and need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to prevent them from becoming bored and destructive. Taking your Staffordshire Bull Terrier for regular walks and providing them with plenty of toys and activities can help prevent behavioral problems and keep them happy and healthy.


In terms of grooming, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s short and smooth coat is relatively low-maintenance. They do shed, however, so regular brushing is important to keep their coat healthy and to prevent shedding around the house. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are also prone to ear infections, so it is important to check and clean their ears regularly to prevent any problems.

Overall, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a beautiful and intelligent breed that is well-suited to families and individuals looking for an active and affectionate companion. With proper training and care, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier can be a wonderful companion for many years to come.

All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breed stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can Staffordshire Bull Terriers be apartment dogs?

Staffordshire Bull Terriers aren't ideal for apartments, but might be able to live there successfully if there are enough opportunities to find larger spaces nearby to play.

Can Staffordshire Bull Terriers be left alone?

Staffordshire Bull Terriers don't like being left alone for too long. They tend to show some symptoms of seperation anxiety when left apart from their owners for long periods of time.

Are Staffordshire Bull Terriers good with kids?

Staffordshire Bull Terriers are typically excellent with kids. As with any dog it's important to monitor them around children, however they are often very gentle.

Are Staffordshire Bull Terriers friendly with strangers?

Staffordshire Bull Terriers love other people and will tend to run up to them for affection. They quickly become great friends with anyone.

Do Staffordshire Bull Terriers get along with other dogs?

Expect Staffordshire Bull Terriers to not get along well with other dogs. Socializing this breed to other dogs may be a difficult process.

Do Staffordshire Bull Terriers bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, Staffordshire Bull Terriers bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do Staffordshire Bull Terriers shed a lot?

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier isn't a heavy shedder. Some limited brushing and occassional cleaning should help prevent much hair build-up.

Do Staffordshire Bull Terriers need a lot of grooming?

Staffordshire Bull Terriers don't require very much effort for grooming. You'll just need to provide typical maintenance and baths.

Do Staffordshire Bull Terriers need a lot of exercise?

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier has a good amount of energy and will need to be exercised with some walks and play to keep them happy.

Are Staffordshire Bull Terriers easy to train?

Most Staffordshire Bull Terriers are stubborn and will take extra work to train. They can still learn trained behaviors, but will take more effort.

Can Staffordshire Bull Terriers handle cold weather?

Although Staffordshire Bull Terriers can handle the cold weather when out with you, they may not want to stay out for long periods of time.

Can Staffordshire Bull Terriers handle hot weather?

It's best not to have a Staffordshire Bull Terrier in hot temperatures for long as it can be dangerous to their health.

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