How to Identify a Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Written by cayden conor
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The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a high energy breed that loves to play and work. They love children and make great family pets. If socialised when very young, it can also get along with other dogs. This is a breed that needs constant training, so use training as its job. In addition to training, it makes a great breed for obedience or agility trials.

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    Look at the general appearance of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. It is an extremely muscular dog. Males and females are 14 to 16 inches at the withers. Males weigh 12.7 to 17.2 Kilogram and females weigh 24 to 34 pounds. It is a squarish-looking dog and the measurement from the withers to the rump is the same as the measurement from the withers to the floor.

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    Make sure the short, deep skull has a distinct stop and pronounced cheek muscles. The foreface is short and ends with a black nose. The nose is fully pigmented. The eyes are usually dark, but may be a bit lighter in lighter dogs. They are round and medium sized. The ears are small to medium and stand at half height.

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    Check that the short, muscular neck has a clean outline and widens as it reaches the shoulders. The chest is wide and deep. The legs are heavy in bone and are quite far apart. The well-padded feet are medium sized. The rear is very well muscled with well-padded feet. The tail is not docked, is medium in length and carried low. It has a slight curl to it.

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    Pet the smooth, short coat. The coat may be fawn, white, black, red or blue. It can also be a combination of white plus any of the mentioned colours. It is sometimes brindle or brindle mixed with white.

Tips and warnings

  • This breed is called the “Nanny Dog” in Great Britain because of its reputation with children.

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