STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER DOG

Bred for dog fighting, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier keeps its bravery and spirit despite its occupation change. A loyalty and honor paradigm, the Staffordshire is an excellent family dog and guardian. If acquired from a responsible breeder, it is infinitely reliable. Own. Michael Goldfarb.
Due to its size and weight, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier has plenty of strength – compared with any size and weight, its miraculously strong. This is a muscular dog, with a smooth coat, the highest in activity and agility. It stands from 35 to 40 cm; it weighs between 13 and 17 kg, the female 2 kg less. The head is short and deep; the forehead short, defined stop; the skull wide; very pronounced cheekbones (not pink). The eyes are dark and round, and medium sized; the ears in rose or half risen, not too large, or totally dropped or risen. The neck is muscular and quite short, without dewlap; the compact body with a straight upper outline; the chest deep; natural tail without docking, narrowing towards the tip and carried low. Good boned and straight forelegs, quite separated; the hindquarters well muscled and parallel seen from behind. The coat is flat on the skin and short, red, fawn, white, black or blue, and any other color with or without white. For the FCI and the KC black and tan or liver are undesirable; the AKC disqualifies.
 
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier requires a family or person who can devote time to its education and socialization. It is an easy to teach to; it is compliant and loves to be busy. It likes people and is very intelligent, without a question a highly energetic dog, very talented and athletic. It is not adequate for a home with other dogs, and if they were the same sex, it is a sure fight. The owner should be aware that this English breed is not the Pit Bull, and that it has received bad press due to its similar appearance. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier has different origins, it is extremely reliable and there is no background proving the contrary.
 
DEVELOPMENT             
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier weighs from 4 to 5 kg after eight weeks. Growth should be moderate and firm. Overfeeding and supplements should be avoided. After reaching maximum height, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier will continue gaining substance. The skull usually widens until reaching complete maturity, between the 18th and 24th months, the male usually later than the female. The buyer should seek a strong, extrovert and compact, with a strong head and well balanced in general. The color is not important, but the buyer should seek good pigmentation, dark at the nose and pads. During adolescence the abundant energy and gnawing problems stand out: the owner should provide enough outlet for both. Early socialization and education is necessary to form a well balanced and reliable house companion, and guardian at the same time.
 
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier requires a careful owner, expert in the breed’s lineage, and that will not teach aggressiveness towards people or other dogs. In the wrong hands, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier can become a dangerous, harmful dog. 
 
HEALTH
There is little information about medical problems affecting the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and the breeders don’t have too many specific problems in their breeding lines/programs. It is known that bilateral cataracts, transmitted recessively, and cleft palate and lips are congenital problems that occur occasionally. Some specimens are prone to kidney stones. A quick obedience and socialization training is necessary for this strong and decided dog. Injuries, especially at the limbs and joints, are amongst the possibilities. Its high pain tolerance and stoic character hinder early detection of any ailment. It is very important to know your dog. Although care is minimal, it is convenient to pass the brush once per day. Ears and eyes should be checked for foreign objects and first signs of infection. The breed is prone to tumors, for which the owner should examine the body regularly.
The breed is more docile today than before, in times of dog fights, as these three well bred and well educated show specimens display. Don’t be fooled: two males cannot share a home.