The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or “Staffy” originated from the region of Staffordshire in England. It was developed from combining Bulldogs and local terrier breeds with the purpose of using the breed for the then-popular sport of bull baiting. This muscular, medium-sized breed weighs between 23 to 38 pounds and stands at a height of 13 to 16 inches. It bears a resemblance to the Manchester Terrier and the much larger American Staffordshire Terrier. It has a short head with a broad skull, pronounced stop and strong jaws. The eyes are round and dark in colour and the cheek muscles are very distinct. It has a black nose, teeth meet in a scissors bite and the lips are tight. Its ears are small and either half pricked or rose. It has a low set tail that is thicker at the base and tapers to a point. Its coat is short and smooth and comes in colours of red, fawn, white, black or blue. They may also come in any shade of brindle and may appear with or without white markings.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier may appear intimidating at first but this is a very affectionate and loving breed with a natural fondness for people. Its outstanding trait is its instinctive courage and bravery but is also known for being extremely good with children. They are highly intelligent, active and are easy to house train. They love a good challenge and do well in agility and obedience competitions. They are prone to eye cataracts and often suffer from gas problems. The Staffy can live up to 16 years.