Staffies are highly intelligent but they are also free thinkers who like to do things their own way. They need firm, patient, consistent training. Because they may be reactive towards unknown dogs they should not be walked off leash unless it is safe to do so. They are generally energetic and need a vigorous walk or play session daily but they enjoy their comforts and will readily join you on the sofa or bed if allowed.
This is a breed that needs early socialization, especially if you want them to be friendly toward other animals. The Staffie is not recommended for a timid or first-time owner, they need a confident trainer who is consistent and firm but also loving.
Staffies love to chew, especially during puppyhood; provide them with tough, durable toys. They can be great with children but this will depend on their life experience. Despite their nickname of “nanny dog,” they should not double as a baby-sitter; always supervise interactions between children and dogs. If properly socialized and raised with them, Staffordshire Bull Terriers can do well with other dogs and animals.
It is important to understand that some Staffordshire Bull Terriers will never do well with other animals and may need to live in single animal homes. Staffordshire Bull Terriers have a strong prey drive which may send them after small animals around your neighbourhood including cats.
Life span: 12-14 years
Please ask regarding observed behaviour
Medium size 22.5kg, Low energy
Needs Veterinary advice.
Could not live with cats.
Could not live with dogs.
Could not live with children.