Staffordshire Bull Terriers just love to run. And run. And run. They’ll also make great friends with children and other pets. They are also known as English Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and are a different breed to the American Staffordshire Terriers.


An all-or-nothing kind of dog, Staffordshire Bull Terriers give it their all when it comes to love, play or work. Don’t get mislead by their muscular, strong looking features though. They are very people-friendly and happy, even when meeting strangers, and their reputation with children is second to none. Other pets love them too. Little wonder then, that Staffordshire Bull Terriers are a favourite all-purpose breed of dog.

Fun fact: They’ve been nicknamed the ‘nanny dog’,

due to their great temperament with children.

Bring them home as puppies and they are easy to house train. Invest in a lot of sturdy chew toys, as they love to gnaw on things as puppies. Socialise them well. They have tremendous energy and stamina and need plenty of exercise, with a daily walk being an absolute must. They are very active indoors as well and a large house or apartment would suit best.

Brush them daily for a shiny healthy coat and bathe when necessary. Scheduled six monthly health check visits with your vet are important to ensure that your “Staffy” is healthy and happy throughout all life stages. They are prone to hip dysplasia and skin and stomach sensitivities. Together with your vet, you can determine and maintain a preventative health care program based on the individual needs of your canine companion.


A Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a medium-sized breed, weighing between 11 and 17kgs, with a height between 33 and 41cms.


They can happily live in apartments or houses as long as they’re exercised daily.

Energy Levels

Like a marathon runner, always on the go. A daily walk, run or game of fetch is a must-do for this pet.

Difficulty of Training

Lots of training is essential for a well-behaved dog, however they are super intelligent and will quickly pick up commands.

Family Suitability

This dog is suitable for most households. However, they are very active and may not suit owners who can’t provide them with enough exercise.

Compatibility with other Pets

If introduced early, your new dog will befriend other pets.

Need for Company

They can handle some time alone, as long as your provide lots of toys and make sure you exercise them.

Hypoallergenic Dog Breed?


Coat and Grooming Needs

A Staffordshire Bull Terrier has a short coat, generally in black, white, red, fawn or blue. They are low-maintenance, just brush weekly and bathe when necessary.


They shed a moderate amount of hair.

Tendency to Bark

They like talking to their family and letting you know how much they love you. 

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