Prior to the 19th century, bloodsports like bull- and bear-baiting were quite common. Often, dogs known as “Bull and Terriers” (due to their mix of Terrier and Bulldog), were the bait in bloodsports. When bull- and bear-baiting were finally outlawed, bloodsports continued in the form of dog-fighting, pitting dog against dog while bets were placed on the winner. From the ashes of these terrible “sports” comes the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the product of the refinement of the “Bull and Terrier” dog.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers are highly intelligent and courageous. A strong breed, they do best with a firm, gentle leader. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are extremely affectionate with people in general, especially with children, and thrive with human contact. They learn quickly and are eager to please, excelling in the obedience arena. Daily exercise is needed, but Staffordshire Bull Terriers are generally easy keepers, needing only an occasional brushing and little other grooming.
Although a generally healthy breed, Staffordshire Bull Terriers are still prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that may adversely affect their health – as well as your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Staffordshire Bull Terriers are prone to include hip problems such as hip dysplasia; eye conditions such as cataracts; skin problems such as demodicosis; and respiratory issues such as brachycephalic syndrome.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Staffordshire Bull Terrier has the misfortune of inheriting his mother’s bad hips or his dad’s poor eyesight, you’re protected.