Dog Breed of the Month - Staffordshire Bull Terrier
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier (commonly referred to as the Staffie) is a short coated, medium sized terrier. They are usually between 14-16 inches tall and have a life span between 12 – 15 years. They are warm, loyal and affectionate dogs and make very good family pets.
They are considered to be a generally healthy breed although can suffer from a hereditary eye condition (not overly common). However this can be identified through DNA screening so if you are getting a puppy make sure both parents have been tested.
Staffies have a reputation for being fighting dogs, however this is not in their nature and although, sadly, some people do still use them as fighting dogs, if you have your dog from a puppy and get it well socialised with people and other dogs, you will have a friendly, steady and loveable dog for life. They have lots of energies for fun walks but are just as happy to doze at home once they’ve had their exercise.
They were recently declared the favourite dog breed of the UK and a Eukanuba survey revealed that they were one of the most communicative and affectionate breeds. They also have a smile to die for! Sadly, they are one of the breeds that suffers from over breeding in the UK, so lots of Staffies end up in rescue. So, if you are open to adopting a dog then find out where your nearest reputable rescue is and see if your new best friend is waiting for you!