Staffordshire Bull Terrier Dog Breed & Puppy Information

Staffordshire Bull Terrier is also known as “Nanny Dog”

Staffordshire bull terrier having numerous bad stories that spoilt this breed reputation. One might think they are not good pets.

On the contrary, if you get to know one they are the best family pets and not status symbol known for fighting in the ring.

Despite the negativity, they are superior in their unparalleled love and devotion for children and are commonly known as “The Nanny Dog”.

In the 19th Century, the breed originated from coal miners in Staffordshire England who wanted a small fast dog.

Key Breed Facts

  • Affectionate and loving dog.
  • Loyal, confident and best family pets.
  • Courageous and obedient.
  • Intelligent and affectionate with a sense of humor.
  • Not so good with hot environments.
  • Daily Exercise required due to their energetic and active nature.
  • Loves to chew things, needs chew toys in plenty.

Breed Characteristics

  • Energetic, rugged, and impulsive.
  • Height 17(female)-19(male).
  • Weight 30-40 lbs.
  • Life expectancy- 12-14 years.
  • Medium size dog.

Breed Highlights

  • Gentle, affectionate dogs who adore people.
  • Loves chasing have a high prey drive and need to be on a leash.
  • Adaptable to a wide variety of living conditions.
  • Fearless and confident.
  • Great with children and known commonly as “Nanny” dog.


In the past, the breed was associated with the baiting of larger animals and fighting in the ring.

These sports were popular and dog breeders in Britain developed fighting dogs.

Obviously, the Bulldog was combined with a small local terrier similar to the Manchester terrier to get the Staffordshire bull terrier of today.

With a reputation of being a vicious and aggressive breed currently, it is thought to no longer display this kind of aggression.

They’re great family dogs that love being around children giving them the name of a “nanny” dog.

Not only, are these dogs fearless and courageous but also calm and loving to their owners.

In 1835 the first Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club was founded and a breed standard established.

Without a doubt, in 1975 the American Kennel Club recognized it as a breed.


Originally from the bloodline of the Bulldog, the Staffordshire bull terrier has a muscular neck with a wide-body front and deep brisket.

Staffordshire bull terrier colour coats

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Colour Coats

Even so, the legs are straight and well-defined, and the hindquarters are strong and muscular.

A dog breed of medium-sized with a broad skull, dark eyes with salient cheek muscles.

Moreover, they have a smooth and short coat which requires minimum grooming.

Their coats come in red, white, fawn, black, blue or any variation of these colors with white.

In spite of, being heavy-bodied they weigh between 24 and 38 pounds and females tend to be smaller.


They’re so loyal and dependent on humans. Being a lover of people separating the two can lead to separation anxiety.

The Staffordshire bull terrier is loyal, courageous, intelligent, and affectionate.  Making them nowadays a fun-loving devoted companion to the family.

As a matter of fact, they love to be around family and are greatly affectionate to humans with their happy personalities.

Intelligence / Trainability

Regardless, the Staffordshire bull terriers are energetic and active dogs which require a confident and active leader too. Unquestionably, this is a breed that makes a loving and gentle family companion when well trained.

Also known as ‘Staffies’ Staffordshire bull terriers respond quickly to training as they are very intelligent.

Positive reinforcement with lots of treats and praise makes training great and fun.

It should be noted, to have a well behaved Stafford start training early and be consistent.

Additionally, give crate and leash training. Crate training will help a lot in separation anxiety while leash training will prevent your Staffie from pulling while having your walks.

Equally important, your Staffordshire bull terrier will not chase anything they see when on a leash.

Children and Other Pets

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Great with Kids

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Great with Kids

Staffordshire bull terriers are affectionate and loving towards children.

Early socialization of puppies will assist them to behave well around small children.

Supervise the interactions as the breed is active and playful. She can accidentally knock down a small child.


Usually, just like other breeds suffers from many diseases and health conditions also Staffords do.

Diseases observed in them, most are genetic, meaning they are related to your pet’s breed.

Some of the most common issues seen in Staffordshire Bull Terriers are explained below.

  • Infections

Common canine infections like parvo, rabies, and distemper can affect Stafford’s too. Ensure your dog has received all the required vaccination shots to keep her healthy.

Not only, are they susceptible to bacterial but also viral infections which are preventable through vaccination.

  • Obesity

Obesity is a serious disease that may cause or worsen joint problems, metabolic and digestive disorders. It also causes back pain and heart disease.

As much as it is tempting to give your Stafford food leftovers or extra treats during training, don’t do it.

Give the recommended portions of food to avoid overfeeding. An obese dog will be tired and have difficulties in breathing in addition to other health issues.

  • Dental problems

Dental problems are common in Staffordshire bull terrier where teeth arrangement is more or less. It can be corrected with braces or extraction.

Clean your dog’s teeth regularly and avoid tartar buildup and plague. Dental problems can lead to teeth loose and kidney problems if severe.

  • Cataract

Cataract affects older Staffords leading to blindness. These eye problems are generic and are inherited from the parents.

  • Joint and bone problems

Bone problems, for example, dysplasia can cause arthritis and lameness as Stanford matures if not treated.

Keep your Stafford weight in check as obesity will facilitate arthritis too.

Overgrown Stafford puppies that grow quickly can have osteochondritis dissecans or OCD.  Where the cartilage in their joints may not attach to the bone properly, although can be corrected with surgery.

Other Health Issues

  • Parasites and worms

Parasites and worms are hard to prevent. Your Staffordshire can get ticks, mites from being outdoor on the long grass when running around.

“Nanny” dog can be invaded easily by parasites and worms.

Mostly, through stepping on contaminated soil, faeces, drinking contaminated water especially hookworm, roundworm, whipworm, and heartworms.

  • Allergies

Allergies affect mostly the feet, belly, folds of the skin, and ears of Stafford.

Allergies can come about due to food, parasites or the environment. You can consult your vet in case of a food allergy if your dog has a sensitive stomach.

  • Kidney stones

Kidney stones are more likely to develop in Staffordshire Bull Terriers than other breeds.

Call vet in case your dog has a painful urination process and bloody urine.

  • Seizures(Tail chasing)

Tail chasing can be prevented with medication or behavior training.

This can actually injure your Stafford if it is repetitive.

Although it is hard to control when it is severe, this compulsive neurologic disorder similar in some ways to a seizure can be changed.

  • Hemangiosarcoma

Cancer is a disease that kills even dogs.

Hemangiosarcoma is a type of bleeding tumor that affects Staffordshire Bull Terriers commonly form in the spleen and can lead to internal bleeding. This tumor can be removed surgically.

Caring for a Staffordshire bull terrier

Needs a lot of chew toys to prevent destroying your furniture especially when having separation anxiety.

Bathe your terrier when necessary. A lot of baths will lead to a dry coat due to the constant removal of essential oils and irritate his skin.

Staffords are very energetic and active and require an active owner who will give them the exercise they need.

Prone to separation anxiety I can recommend you do not leave your terrier alone for so long to avoid destructive behavior.

How to Deal with Separation Anxiety

In case of leaving him alone train him and introduce a crate.

Here you can keep him before you get back home with his favourite chew toys.

You can also check on him from time to time with a dog camera where you talk to him and disperse a treat.

Give a treat when he behaves well as a reward by the use of a dispensing camera.

Taking care of your staffie does not need to be difficult.

Firstly, it only requires giving your dog a high-quality diet, plenty of water, grooming when need be, and plenty of exercises.

Subsequently, be sure to adhere to the schedule of examinations and vaccinations as directed by your vet.


Despite being short coat breed they shed throughout the year.  Groom after intervals of 4 – 8-week intervals.

Indeed this will ensure the eyes, ears, nails, coat, and skin are kept in a healthy condition.

Having a smooth coat they require minimum grooming and only need a quick brushing once a week.

Areas to Clean when Grooming

Staffordshire Bull Terriers generally have good teeth. Brush them twice a week to keep them clean.

Clean her ears weekly. Use an ear solution and a cotton ball to remove the dirt completely

For the dog, paws try to apply oil. The oil will prevent drying and cracking which can lead to painful walks.

Do not bathe her daily unless your terrier is occasionally getting into mud and dirt. You will really think of grooming other than giving him the occasional bath.

If your dog suffers from allergies use a hypo-allergic shampoo when bathing her to avoid itchiness and drying.

When bathing him brush his coat to remove debris and dirt.


One of the breeds that look forward to daily exercise. Furthermore, with his powerful jaws, he enjoys a supply of sturdy chew toys.

Leash Walk Your Stafford Bull Terrier

Leash Walk Your Stafford Bull Terrier

To maintain his good muscle tone he requires rigorous exercise as an outlet for his energy.

They love digging to ensure your yard is well fenced to prevent them from escaping.

He is active and agile and known in the past for his fighting prowess.

Regardless, he is seen in obedience and agility shows sometimes but serves primarily as a family companion.

Give her moderate exercises although they love to run around and play outside.

They adapt easily to any kind of living even an apartment.

As for me, I think if you take them for a daily walk and some exercise outdoor they will be okay.


Your mutt will look stunning due to eating a nutrient-rich diet and is well hydrated.

Ensure to have a water dispenser or water bowl with enough water daily.

These two contribute to a shiny, smooth and soft coat.

Average Cost to keep/care for a Staffordshire bull terrier

The costs some are one-off while others are recurring. Get dog supplies before bringing her home to cut on cost for items like bed, collar, leash, chew toys, food.

Other costs that will need to be considered are vaccination fees, medical care/pet insurance, microchipping, tracker, neutering, grooming cost.

It will matter a lot if you decide to buy from a breeder or adopt. Adopting from a rescue shelter may be cheaper than buying from a reputable breeder.

Buying from the reputable breeder can range from £1500-£3000 while adoption can be as low as £400.

Breed Specific Buying Advice

If you are getting your Staffordshire bull terrier from a breeder you need to know the location due to cost. As well as that the litter available and bloodline.

Nevertheless, adoption is always a cheaper option than buying. Do not buy from adverts or pet stores.  Alternatively, buy from a reputable breeder so as to know the bloodline and lineage of the puppy.

Especially, do your research to find the perfect breeder and take time to choose the right one. Equally, visit the breeders in your area and find more on the Staffordshire bull terrier before buying.

Above all,  have a health certificate of the dog you are buying from the breeder.,