The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, also known as the Staffy, is a popular and affectionate all-purpose family dog. Originating in the Staffordshire region of England, the man-made Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed is a cross between the Old English Terrier (extinct) and the Bulldog of that day.

The Staffy is a stocky, medium-sized dog, standing between 33 and 41 cm tall and weighing 11 to 17 kg. It is very strong and muscular for its size and may appear intimidating, but its naturally friendly temperament makes it unsuitable for guard dog duties.

Staffies have a short, smooth coat that can be any of the following colours: red, fawn, white, black or blue, or any shade of brindle, with or without white markings. They are easy to groom.

This dog is known to be tremendously loving and very good with children. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are bold, fearless and intelligent, and very loyal and affectionate towards their family. They can be very obedient and want nothing better than to please.

Active dogs with enormous stamina, Staffies need plenty of daily exercise as well as regular mental stimulation and a selection of strong chew toys.

Health wise, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed is prone to hip dysplasia, skin and stomach sensitivities, hereditary cataracts, hypothyroidism and congenital heart disease.

You can expect your Staffy to live for 14 years on average.

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