Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Like my American Pit Bull cousin, I’m an often misunderstood dog. Despite my athletic build and stern face, I’m actually quite gentle: in England they call me the nanny dog for my loving, protective manner with children. I’m friendly, playful, and very social; being left home alone can lead to mayhem. I’m not naturally open to other dogs—I won’t be the aggressor but won’t back down either. When threatened I’m fearless!

Staffies can be strong-willed—and strong. Responsible training is important; I’m not a match for new or passive dog owners. I’m bright but stubborn, so let me know you’re the boss to make training easier. I’m not highly active; a healthy walk or yard game each day will meet my exercise needs and keep me settled. Being a comfy, chubby couch potato comes easy to me, so watch the treats!

I’m the same height as an American bull at 17 to 19 inches but less bulky, weighing only 30 to 40 pounds. My short, smooth coat rarely sheds and I have little odor. A weekly brushing is all I need, along with an occasional bath. My coat color may be red, fawn, white, black, blue, or brindle, sometimes with white.

I’m a very robust breed that will be a loyal home companion for 12 to 14 years. The only health issues to watch for are cataracts and hip dysplasia. I do have a very high tolerance to pain, which can make it difficult to know when I’m sick or injured.