American Canine Association

Breeds

Breed Name: Staffordshire Bull Terrier


History

Originating in England in the early 1900's, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is the result of local terriers and Bulldogs crossing bloodlines. This breed is extremely popular in the United States today and is generally used for protection and guardianship for their families.

Appearance

The SBT is a medium sized breed that is built short to the ground and very stocky and muscular. Males and females both generally measure 13-16 inches in height and weigh 25-35 pounds in weight. Their head is large, very broad and square in appearance, forming into a muzzle almost the same width, with a short stop. Their two eyes are almond in shape and generally match the color coat they have; most common in a light amber to dark hazel in color. Their tail is short, thick and tapers to a point, held down and out. Their two ears are set far apart, are small and triangular in shape, folded down alongside of their head. Their single layer coat is held very tight to the skin, harsh to the touch and available in all colors, brindle and with or without white markings.

Temperament

The SBT is not meant for everyone; this breed requires a firm and confident owner who is aware of the Terrier breed and able to remain pack leader at all times. This breed requires an owner who is also able to be patient and persistent with rules, life long of the dog. This breed is head strong, stubborn at times and can be pushy. The SBT requires a great amount of physical and mental exercise daily in order to remain calm and obedient indoors. Wonderful with children of all ages they are able to grow up around and best suited for homes without other pets. This breed can grow up to be dog aggressive. Constant supervision is required if living in a home with other dogs. This breed is a people lover most of all, and is WONDERFUL with humans, just not other dogs and pets generally. Early socialization and obedience classes are recommended.

Grooming

This breed sheds daily. Daily brushing and bathing when needed.

Special Notes

Please fully educate yourself about the Staffordshire Bull Terrier prior to adding one to your household to ensure you are able to provide life long physical and financial care to your new family member. A properly fenced in yard or proper fitting harness and leash is required at all times while outdoors. This breed is prone to eye issues, hip and joint issues, gas problems, skin issues and soft pallet. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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