Staffordshire Bull Terrier In today’s world, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier makes for a great companion; known for its courage, intelligence and love of children. History This breed of dog shares ancestry various breeds including: the Bulldog, the American Staffordshire Terrier, the American Pit Bull Terrier, and the Bull Terrier. Staffies were founded in Britain in the early 19th-century to be a smaller and faster fighting dog, with a gentle and friendly tendency toward people. It is thought to be the result of crossing the Bulldog with the Manchester Terrier, that later evolved into today’s Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Care and Characteristics Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s are small to medium sized dogs with a compact, stocky and muscular appearance. Due to their slick coats, they don’t require frequent bathing. A quick brush to get rid of any dust and dirt makes them a low maintenance breed. Staffies are not generally barkers, but they are vocal and can be entertaining with various snorts, snores, grunts, and groans, as well as his singing voice! These dogs are fun to be around and although boisterous by nature, with the correct handling and training they develop lovely characters with huge personalities. They are highly intelligent, but also like to do things their own way, so require, patient, consistent and firm training. They enjoy cuddling up with their owner and show loyalty and devotion, however they are energetic dogs and need a vigorous daily walk or play session. Breed Profile: Dog Breed Group: Working Dog Height: Male 36–41 cm – Female 33–38 cm Weight: Male 11–17 kg – Female 10–16 kg Life Span: 12 – 14 years Exercise: Require two hours a day of walks and mental stimulation. Colour: Black, Brindle, Fawn, Black & White, Red, Blue Breed Traits: Affectionate | Bold | Fearless |Loyal | Intelligent | Courageous |Reliable Health Issues Although a healthy breed, the Staffie is known to suffer from a few hereditary health issues including; Cataracts Distichiasis Persistent Hyperplastic Primary Vitreous (PHPV) Mastocytoma (mast cell tumours) Avoid expensive vet bills if your dog encounters any health issues or injuries when exploring outdoors, and compare our dog insurance to find the best policy to suit you and your dog!