staffordshire bull terrier

When you hear the name Pit Bull you will find that there are several breeds of dogs that people put under this one category. They include the American Pit Bull Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a medium sized stocky, muscular dog with a short coat and athletic ability. They have a broad head and a short foreface with half prick ears. Their tail is carried up and the hind quarters are muscular and what gives the Staffordshire its drive. They may be colored black, brindle, red , fawn, blue, white ore any blending of these colors with white. The coat is smooth and clings tightly to the body giving the dog a streamlined look. These dogs normally stand 14 to 16 inches and weigh 24 to 32 pounds. They are overall a healthy breed. The American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier are its larger cousins.
The temperament is described as bold, fearless and reliable. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is known for its good nature with children and are one of the two dogs named as the “nanny dog”.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was originally bred for bull baiting. Bulls brought to market were set upon by dogs as a way of tenderizing the meat and providing entertainment for the spectators. Dog fights with bears, bulls and other animals were often organized as entertainment for both royalty and others. Early Staffordshire Bull Terriers were originally bred for bull baiting and were not bred for the visual specimen of today. Pitting of the dogs against bear or bull tested the gameness, strength and skill of the dog. These baiting sports were officially eliminated in 1835 as Britain began to introduce animal welfare laws. Since dogfights were cheaper to organize and far easier to conceal from the law than bull or bear baits, fighting proponents turned to pitting their dogs against each other instead. Dog fighting was used as both a blood sport often involving gambling, and a way to continue to test the quality of their stock. Fighting dogs were often handled in the pit during fights, by both their owners and the judge, so they were bred to be as trustworthy with humans as they were aggressive towards other dogs. It is this history that gives the Staffordshire his celebrated temperament, as in the breed standard of the American Kennel Club: “from the past history of the Staffordshire Terrier, the modern dog draws its character of indomitable courage, high intelligence, and tenacity. This, coupled with its affection for its friends, and children in particular, its off-duty quietness and trustworthy stability, makes it a foremost all-purpose dog.” The British colloquial name “Nanny-dog” reflects the breed’s gentle disposition with children

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