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Fun Facts About Staffordshire Bull Terriers

Staffordshire Bull Terriers date back to the 19th Century and, as probably guessed from the name, they originate from Staffordshire in England.

The breed was developed through the crossbreeding of bulldogs and several terrier breeds such as the Manchester Terrier, Bull Terrier and other breeds of terrier native to England.

Staffordshire Bull Terriers are of medium size and have muscular build.

They have short and thick coats which are smooth in texture. The color of the coat can be black, white, fawn, red, blue with white markings or a shade of brindle, with or without white markings.

This breed are obedient dogs and are relatively easy to train. They learn commands at a relatively quick pace and will listen to authority.

The dogs were originally used in bull-fighting events until the "sport" became illegal in England, then they were used in dog fights. Some people still use them to make money through dog-fighting, even though the activity is illegal.

Despite the common misconception that Staffordshire Bull Terriers are nasty and aggressive, they are generally friendly dogs who love being around people, especially children. If introduced to a young child as a puppy, they will become best friends for life.

They are very loyal to their owners and will defend the family they love from harm.

Strong toys are the best kind to give to Staffordshire Bull Terriers. As puppies, they have a tendency to chew things, so introducing them to toys they can chew on early will reduce the risk of them tearing up your home.

A Staffordshire Bull Terrier makes a good guard dog, as they tend to only bark on occasion and when there is a reason for it.

They are very energetic and require sufficient exercise. If you give them plenty of walks and run-arounds, they will be happy.

Staffordshire Bull Terriers are an intelligent and affectionate breed who love attention.

This breed does shed a fair amount of hair. You can expect to find hair stuck to your carpets, clothes, couches and other items in your home.

The dogs adapt well to in-door environments, but love to have a garden or yard to run around in.

Staffordshire Bull Terriers are known to be aggressive to other dogs, but if introduced to other dogs at a young age, this can be changed.

Gastric problems are fairly common in this breed, so large meals and over-feeding should be avoided where possible.

This breed is prone to certain health problems such as cataracts and other eye problems, hip dysplasia and tumors.

Owning and training one of these dogs requires strong leadership skills and authority, and may not be the right choice for a beginner dog owner.

Staffordshire Bull Terriers are surprisingly sensitive, and love to be fussed over. They are incredibly faithful and will want nothing more than to be your best friend.

They overheat quite quickly, so keeping them indoors and sheltered during hot weather is the best idea to keep them from become exhausted or dehydrated.

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