Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Terrier Group

Staffordshire Bull Terrier adult and puppy in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

14-16 in

Weight

Females 24-34 lbs, Males 28-38 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-14 yrs

History

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier originated in England during the mid-19th century. Their Bulldog ancestors were originally bred for the gruesome sport of bull baiting, where a pack of dogs would fight a bull and spectators would bet on the outcome. Once bull baiting became outlawed, people moved to fighting dogs in the cellars of taverns. Bulldogs were too slow and lumbery for the sport, so they were bred with faster, more agile terriers to create different versions of feisty fighting dogs. James Hinks of Birmingham, England refined some of these dogs to create the Staffordshire Bull Terrier we know today. The breed was named after Staffordshire, however, as that was where they were most popular.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Staffordshire Bull Terriers will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆

★★★★★

★★★★★

★☆☆☆☆

★★★★☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★☆☆

★☆

★★★☆☆

★☆☆

★★★☆☆

Intelligence

★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★


Energy Level

★☆☆


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆☆


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Happy, loving, and playful

Very people-oriented and don't do well when left alone for long

Can be free-thinking and need consistent, firm training

Love to dig and chew

Gentle and patient with humans but tend to be uneasy around other dogs