The “Staffie” is a large and powerful dog originating from the region of Staffordshire, England during the 19th century. The Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier simply refers to the breed as it exists in Ireland.
The Staffie was originally developed from crossing Bulldogs and various Terriers and was used originally for the (then) popular sport of bull baiting. These days the breed is used mainly as a family pet and for strength and agility competition. Muscular and strong, it weighs from 55 to 77 pounds and stands from 17 to 24 inches. It has a broad head, very powerful jaws, a short muzzle and distinct cheek muscles. The eyes are round and brown in colour while the nose is black. Its ears are either rose or half-pricked. It has a short and muscular neck, front legs that are spaced wide apart and a short coat that is soft and sleek. Colours come in black, blue, fawn, red, white or brindle and with markings.
The breed excels in jumping and weight pulling competitions. It is intelligent, active, playful and courageous. As a household companion, it is excellent with children as well as with other dogs. It is affectionate and obedient especially to its owner and are generally friendly even to visitors in the house. It loves challenge and variety but tend to become hyperactive or high-strung especially when it does not get adequate play and exercise. It possesses tremendous stamina and can live up from 10 to 16 years.