The powerful but agile Staffordshire Bull Terrier retains the attributes of boldness and persistence from his brawling heritage. Fortunately, superior breeding converted this former gladiator into a gentle, playful friend with a soft spot for children.
Staffies are not exceptionally tall, standing from 14 to 16 inches. Staffies, weighing between 24 and 38 pounds, can fit a gallon of dog into a quart-size container. These are strong, powerful terriers. The head is small and broad, with noticeable cheek muscles, and the coat is available in a variety of colors. Staffies still bear resemblance to the brawny brawlers that once commanded England’s fighting pits. Today’s ethical breeders, on the other hand, are breeding sweet-natured, family-oriented Staffies with a reputation as patient nanny dogs for children. These are true-blue loyal companions, but the old fighting impulse still lurks within, making socialization with other dogs essential for Staffie puppies to acquire excellent canine manners.