The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is an iconic dog breed. Affectionately known as a Staffy or Staff, these dogs originate from 19th Century Britain. Earlier this year, ITV’s ‘Top 100 Dogs’ saw the Staffordshire Bull Terrier being crowned Britain’s favourite canine breed – even beating the likes of the Labrador and increasingly popular Cockapoo. As a Staffy owner and lover myself, this was music to my ears.
In this article, we will discuss the characteristics and personality of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and what makes them Britain’s favourite dog breed.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers are medium-sized dogs with the males weighing 13-17kg and females 11-15kg. They have smooth and short coats which can be in a variety of colours such as; black, brown, white, blue or brindle.
They are well known for their noticeable broad head and muscular body, making them very strong and agile. Staffies are highly intelligent, courageous and affectionate.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is well and truly a companion dog. Speaking from experience of having a staffy of my own, they are dogs with huge hearts. They have so much love to give which makes them very loyal. They are funny, intelligent and empathetic.
Staffies are also known as the ‘nanny’ dog from their gentle nature with children. In the Victorian era, the breed were trusted to look after children due to their caring and loving personality.
The Future of the Staffy
Unfortunately, even after they were crowned Britain’s favourite dog, there is a lot of prejudice around the breed. There has even been discussions about the breed possibly being added to the list of banned breeds (Dangerous Dogs Act 1991). Luckily, this was not enforced and the breed are winning over more and more hearts.
Despite their popularity, there are still thousands of staffies in rescue kennels all over the UK. If you are interested in adopting a staffy, please contact your local rescue kennels.
I would encourage anyone who is not yet a Staffy lover, to spend time with one. You will appreciate their funny, caring and intelligent personalities.