Staffordshire Bull Terrier FCI Standard
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was renowned for its exceptional bravery, persistence and power but despite its fierceness in the ring it was also treated as a reliable and loyal companion dog. The breed had fanciers among English nobility as well as among commoners. It also worked as a highly effective ratter’s and badger’s exterminator. By the 30s of the XX century the dog fighting had been declared illegal in England. Nonetheless this cruel entertainment went underground where it’s still organised on the regular basis both in America and the Great Britain. And the Staffordshire Bull Terrier remains very popular in the role of a fighting dog. However, thanks to its friendliness towards people the breed gradually evolved as a decent family dog and a highly successful show dog.
The Kennel Club (England) recognized the breed in 1935. The first Staffordshire Bull Terrier was brought to the United States after the Second World War. Over the years the breed acquired world-wide following with well-developed clubs in many countries. It was recognised by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1975. Nowadays this dog enjoys the life of a companion animal and competes at the highest level at various dogs’ sports.
In spite of all above-mentioned characteristics the Staffordshire Bull Terrier constantly seeks for company and attention of human it loves. Majority of specimens is unbelievingly tender with all family members and likes to shower them with its love. Surprisingly enough but the breed is very affectionate with children and it willingly joins their games. Moreover this dog usually puts up with very rough play without showing even a glimpse of complaint.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier isn’t predisposed to human aggression with some sad exceptions to this rules. Some ill-intended breeders purposefully created lines of this breed with such an undesirable trait. However such dogs are rarely pure-blooded because they are commonly invented by crossing the original dog with the American Bulldog or the Rottweiler. The breed will be a quite useless guardian of your property and it would rather warmly welcome an intruder than apply to force. At the same time it sacrifices its life for the sake of its family if something or someone endangers it. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier can be trained into a reasonable watchdog.
As a fighting dog the Staffordshire Bull Terrier usually manifests hyper-aggressiveness towards other dogs. Actually majority of specimens will accept some individual dogs with which they have been brought up since a very early age. Some dogs though will never be able to live in peace and harmony with other canine. The breed possesses average prey drive and it’s generally okay with other pets with which it’s familiar.
• canine hip dysplasia;
• elbow dysplasia;
• demodectic mange;
• brachycephalic syndrome;
• heat intolerance;
• skin allergies;
• patellar luxation.
Productivity of training the Staffordshire Bull Terrier mostly depends on the personality of a handler, who should become an unshakable leader for this dog. There is a wrong common belief that the breed performs best if handled with proper harshness. Actually it responds a way better if it’s trained with reward-based techniques.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, which doesn’t get enough intensive physical exercise, will probably demonstrate some unwelcomed behavioural patterns like destructiveness, over excitability, hyperactivity and unmanageable animal aggressiveness.