Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Everything you need to know about Staffordshire Bull Terriers

Life Expectancytypically 12+ years
SheddingShort length with moderate shedding

Staffordshire Bull Terriers are a restricted breed in Ireland, this includes strains and crosses of them. 

In accordance with the Control of Dogs Regulations 1998, while in a public place, restricted breeds must be:

  • Wearing a muzzle
  • Kept on a short strong lead (under 2m)
  • With someone over the age of 16, who is capable of controlling them
  • Wearing a collar with the name and address of their owner

Staffordshire Bull Terriers are also known as Staffys or Staffies. They are not the same as American Staffordshire Terriers, which are a different breed. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are generally solid, muscly dogs with short hair and smooth coats.

Typical Staffordshire Bull Terrier colours include black, white and brown. There’s lots of doggy behaviour that comes naturally to all breeds of dog, including Staffys, from digging and chasing to searching and retrieving. 

Thinking about giving a Staffordshire Bull Terrier a forever home? Here are some Staffy facts that might help you decide.

Caring for Staffordshire Bull Terriers

Every dog is different with their own personality and needs. Here are some areas to think about when taking care of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier Retriever.

How much exercise does a Staffordshire Bull Terrier need?

Staffordshire Bull Terriers are typically high-energy dogs who need lots of exercise to keep them physically and mentally healthy. They'll need daily walks, plus plenty of time and opportunity to explore, burn en...

How much food does a Staffordshire Bull Terrier need?

The amount of food a Staffordshire Bull Terrier needs depends on their:

  • age
  • size
  • activity levels
  • fitness
  • weight.

You can use the information on dog food packets a...

An infographic showing the key indicators of healthy body condition for a dog

How much grooming does a Staffordshire Bull Terrier need?

Staffordshire Bull Terriers have short fur that generally only needs an occasional brush.

To help your dog feel comfortable with handling and grooming, introduce it in a positive way, one step at a time. Teachin...

What size crate do you need for a Staffordshire Bull Terrier?

When inside their crate, your dog should have plenty of space to: 

  • sit and stand up at their full height 
  • turn around without touching the sides 
  • lie down fully stretched out&...

Health issues

Before you give any type of Staffordshire Bull Terrier a home, it’s important to know about possible health issues. Remember, not every dog will suffer them but it’s good to be prepared.

To find out more about p...

Staffordshire Bull Terrier behaviour and training

Even if you think you know about Staffys, it’s important to remember that every dog has their own personality.

Are Staffordshire Bull Terriers easy to train?

You can teach any breed of dog new tricks! It’s all about positive learning. Find out what your dog loves so you can use this to reward them after a success. Whether it’s treats, toys or lots of praise, training with ...

What’s the temperament of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier?

Just like you, every dog is an individual with their own personality and prior experiences. So every Staffy temperament is different. As dogs grow from puppies, they learn all about the world. They develop their own l...

Are Staffordshire Bull Terriers good with children?

Every dog has their own unique personality that has been shaped by their own experiences of the world. They’ll have their own likes and dislikes and will respond to situations in different ways. However, there are som...

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