The Staffordshire Bull Terrier or “Staffie” as they’re more commonly known, has had quite a bad rep over the past years, mainly due to bad breeding, resulting in the poor Staffie being used in clandestine sports, such as dog fighting, thus through no fault of its own the poor Staffie has been tarnished with a somewhat brutal brush and being given the nickname ‘Devil Dog’ certainly hasn’t helped its tattered reputation.
In terms of size, a Staffie can grow between 14-16 inches in height and can weigh between 24 – 34 pounds (according to the PBRC). A playful dog, they love to chase balls and run around the park, which is great, as they need lots of outdoor exercise, to prevent them from becoming destructive and need lots of strong dog toys to chew on, to stop those strong jaws chomping on your furniture!
Often overlooked at shelters for more popular breeds, the Staffie is one of the most affectionate and loving dogs you could hope to meet and is great with people – particularly children, around whom they are gentle and patient, earning it the affectionate nickname ‘the Nanny Dog’. Please be aware however that in rescue centres, dogs may have been though things in their past which mean that they are looking for homes with older, or no children.
Given its short hair breed, the Staffie is also very easy to groom, all that’s required to keep your Staffie clean and tidy is a few brushes a week and a good bath every few weeks, so there’s no need for expensive grooming parlours! When it comes to your Staffie’s nails, they should not need much trimming, as regular walks and exercise should ensure their nails stay short; if however their nails do require a trim, they should be trimmed by a vet or professional groomer, as part of your Staffie’s grooming treatment.
When it comes to adopting a Staffie, the benefits are many and due to better breading over the past years, there’s little argument that the Staffie can make a wonderful addition to any family, but don’t just take our word for it, here’s a few surprising stats about these wonderful dogs:
- Staffie is the only breed of dog that has been described by the Kennel Club as ‘Totally loving to its family’
- The Staffie is the only dog to have ‘totally reliable’ in its breed description as standard
- The Kennel Club describes the breed’s suitability to young children. One of only two breeds to have this recommendation – the other being the Cavalier King Charles
- They’re eager to learn – the Staffie is so keen to please it’s owners, making it highly trainable. They love to learn more commands – particularly when treats are involved!
To view the Staffies’ available for adoption and Manchester and Cheshire Dogs’ Home click here.