Dogs are wonderful animals, loving, loyal, intelligent and well deserving of their title of being man’s best friend, which explains why so many of us keep one or more as a pet. Having any animal as a pet of course comes with its hazards, as most of them have teeth and claws, which leaves us owners in a position where a bite or a scratch is pretty much inevitable at some point, especially when the animal is young and untrained. Naturally, if you have a young family you are going to want to be very careful with your choice of animal, to minimise any possible risk of injury to your children and neighbours. Different breeds of dog come in many different shapes and sizes, each with individual traits, so making a choice on breed can be quite difficult. Here we are going to shine the spotlight on the Staffordshire bull terrier.
Bull terriers have had some fairly bad press over the years, with some frightening stories about people, and especially children being badly mauled, though there are many different classes of bull terriers and the Staffordshire does seem to stand somewhat apart from the pit bull. The Staffordshire bull terrier was bred in the early 19th century to be a fighting dog, but one which would respect humans. Essentially it was bred to channel its aggression in one direction only, other dogs. That propensity for aggression towards other dogs still remains to some degree in them today, so caution should be used when other dogs are around, as a fight could start very suddenly. With people and with children thought they are a completely different kettle of fish, being a fun loving dog who loves being around his family.
Both the male and female are normally about the same size, coming in at around 35-40cm tall, with an average weight of about 11-15kg for the female, while the male is a little heavier at 13-17kg, with both living 12-14 years on average. They come in a range of interesting colours, with a short haired coat which requires little maintenance or grooming, and have boundless energy, so he is going to need to go for regular walks, or have a good area to run around in. Old age can bring cataracts and other issues, but you can buy Staffordshire bull terrier pet insurance which will cover all of this, in addition to any other routine medical procedures needed along the way. The “Staffy” does not cope well with extreme temperatures, so is best kept as an indoor dog.
The Staffordshire is a boisterous dog, and fun loving with it, always ready for a new game or some action, so a few scratches from his rambunctious nature when he is in play mode are inevitable. He is though a deeply loving and loyal dog who loves being in close contact with his family, for whom he will be docile and eager to please. He is a relatively small dog, so perfect for inside the home, and while a little strong willed, his dependence on love from his owners make him an excellent choice for a family pet.