Staffordshire Bull Terrier
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a member of the Terrier Group. The breed first came into existence around the 17th Century and was recognised as a breed by the Kennel Club in 1935. They were originally bred for bull baiting and dog fighting.
Today they are companions.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a very active and intelligent dog and make wonderful family pets. Renowned for his courage they are very loyal and loving, especially around children. They prefer the company of humans rather than other dogs, because of the Stafford’s great affection for humans, he does not make a good guard dog and does not like to be left alone for long periods of time.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier has lots of stamina and thrives on plenty of exercise and affection. They can be quite boisterous so early socialisation and training is a must for this breed.
They have a fantastic sense of humour so never a dull moment with a Stafford!
Although the Stafford is basically a healthy breed, there are 2 known inherited problems for which we are fortunate to have a DNA test. Hereditary Cataract (HC) and L-2-Hydroxyglutaric Acidurea (L2 –HGA.
When buying a puppy it is essential that you know the DNA status of both sire and dam for the 2 conditions (HC) and (L-2-HGA. Breeding from DNA tested clear stock means that all resultant progeny will be clear of the conditions. If one of the parents is a carrier for either condition, all puppies in the resultant litter should then be DNA tested by the breeder before they are sold, so that the individual status of each puppy can be determined.
If you are planning to buy a puppy please only ever buy from stock which is tested.