Learn More About The Staffordshire Terrier

The Staffordshire Terrier is a popular breed that’s known for its energy and personality. A favourite among families, this breed originated in England and has been a favourite breed in North America for many years. Here’s a little about the history of the breed and why it’s such a popular one with trainers and pet owners alike.

History

Staffordshire Bull Terriers originated in England and were used, sadly, for bull and bear fighting during the 19th century. They were used as much for their aggressive tenacity as they were for their loyalty, but eventually the violent sport of animal fighting was banned, leaving the breed to shine as loyal family companions who were, and still are, surprisingly well-tempered.

General characteristics

Staffordshire Terriers are short haired dogs with a muscular, intimidating build. A medium-sized dog, the breed can come across as hyper since their exuberance and enthusiasm can be hard to curb.

These dogs require lots of activity, so they’re perfect for families, especially active ones. They are also easy to train. In fact, they need to be trained so that they can channel all of their energy into appropriate behaviours. Don’t leave this breed alone, uncrated, inside your home for a day and expect them to be well-behaved without a bit of training. Their natural curiosity and need for stimulation needs to be satisfied appropriately.

Despite their ‘bullish’ appearances, this breed loves people, sometimes a little too much. Unless trained, their exuberance can be difficult to manage. Children especially can over excite the dogs through boisterous play, so never leave kids alone with this breed or inadvertent injuries could occurs.

Health concerns

Every breed tends to have its health quirks, and the Staffordshire Terrier is no different. Throughout the breed’s lifetime, it may be extra prone to eye problems such as cataracts, problems with their joints, and hip and elbow dysplasia. Regular vet visits can help catch these problems before they become serious so you keep your pet healthy and happy.

Training issues

Their exuberance and a slight tendency towards aggression towards other aggressive dogs can be a problem. This breed isn’t usually one to start trouble, but if it attacked, you’ll have a hard time getting control of your dog. Proper training to address both of these issues will make for a happier relationship with your Staffordshire Terrier.

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