How To Identify a Staffordshire Bull Terrier

It is ironic that a breed such as the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or SBT, was once bred for dog fighting purposes when it is now one of the most loved family pets and show animals. When it became illegal to have bull fights in the United Kingdom during the 19th century, gamers turned to breeding the bull terrier for fights. However, during the course of the next decades, it also became illegal to hold dog fighting events as well. This now prompted breeders to hone the SBT for purposes other than fighting and game. If you are curious on what one looks like and you wonder what one would be like as a pet, read on. Below are tips on how you may properly identify a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

  • Physical features. At first glance, you will notice that an SBT is quite similar in appearance to the American Pit Bull. It is muscular, husky and extremely well-built. You will come to an analysis that this animal was indeed created to be a fighter. It stands at about 16 inches in height at the shoulder and can weigh as much as 32 pounds upon maturity. This depends on the care the SBT receives and its dietary habits. Some dogs eat more than others, so weight varies at times. It also has a notable neck and shoulder size, which also has a good amount of muscle in it.
  • Coat and Color. This breed has very short hair that is smooth to the touch. It is not prone to shedding and is very low maintenance. Staffordshire Bull Terriers come in different colors. They can each come in an assortment of white, black, tan, brown, brindled and red. However, some organizations look down on tan-colored terriers.
  • Temperament. Even with its genetic disposition to fight, an SBT is a very loving and affectionate animal. It is said that this breed is the perfect, all-around dog. It is very protective of its master and forms a strong bond with its family. In addition, it can get along with other household animals if introduced to the puppy at an early stage. This terrier is also very smart, brave and tenacious. It will stop at nothing to protect its master if it is in danger.
  • Health. An SBT is relatively a healthy dog. However it is subject to genetic diseases if bred irresponsibly. These ailments include cataracts, and distachiasis (a condition where the eyelash scratches the cornea and infects it). The dog is also prone to cell tumors in the stomach area as it loves to lay on its back in the sun a lot.  

In conclusion, regardless of how much bad press one breed receives, it does not determine the fate of all these animals. It really depends on how an animal is raised. Shower it with love and it will love you in return. Give it hate, it will still love you but will hate other people and animals. Dogs are designed to love its master unconditionally. So, make sure that you treat yours right. Provided with all the details, you can now easily identify a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Good luck!


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