Staffordshire Bull Terrier Dog Breed Guide

I’ve had Staffordshire Bull Terriers virtually
all my life. My father bred them and I grew up with the, and my children have grown up
with them. I have kept quite a few breeds in my life as well as the Stafford, but I
mean, it is the best breed. Staffies are brilliant dogs. They’re really
lively, really energetic, really fun type dogs, and they are real people dogs. They
love people so they make fabulous pets. Staffies often get a bad press, which really isn’t
fair. They’re great dogs, they’re real fun personality dogs, lively, they love to play
games, and in the right environment with the right training they make fabulous pets. if you buy a Stafford to protect it when it’s
young. Don’t let a dog down the road bully it, don’t give it a bad experience with another
dog, because that is when you’re likely to create a dog that doesn’t get on with other
four-legged animals. People think of them as a guard dog, and they are not. They love
people, they’re reserved as most guard dogs are. They will look after people, particularly
weak people, the weakest in the family, either the child or a woman against a man, but they
won’t necessarily look after your pictures or your furniture or your jewellery. When you think about a Staffie, you’re getting
a small dog with a huge personality. Anecdotally, they’re supposed to be good with children
and not so good with other dogs and that’s probably because there’s some terrier in there.
From a behavioural point of view, when I think of a Staffie I’m thinking of a chewer, and
a powerful chewer at that. So we’re looking at leaving it lots of appropriate things to
chew such as Nylabones. If you don’t he may well start chewing your furniture. They can
also tug a lot because they’ve got that bulldog part of the heritage, and that means that
they can hang on to things a lot. So you need to teach and ‘off’ command very early, while
it’s still a puppy. Big personality, small dog, very muscley, you need to train it. Staffordshire Bull Terrier has a smooth coat,
which is really low maintenance coat. Doesn’t need to be groomed by a professional dog groomer,
just brush with rubber brush on a regular basis. If you don’t want to spend money on
grooming, Staffie is idea breed. They don’t smell, they’re easy to look after, always
clean. If you already have a dog in the house you
have to be careful. If they come as a puppy, then you’ll probably be alright. A lot of
people two bitch Staffords. I would say never try to keep two male Staffords together. Before
they buy them I think they should go and meet them in people’s homes. They’re very lively,
so they will come immediately up to you and probably jump up to you depending on how well
trained the owners have them. They have now become mixed with a lot of other breeds, and
so whilst they might look a bit like a Strafford, if they’re not a full Stafford they may very
well have the characteristics of the other breed, so you’re not getting what you expected.
It does actually pay to go to a proper breeder and have a proper Kennel Club registration.
And all the health checks that go along with that, by the way. Because you’re more likely
to get the proper character if you do that.

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100 Responses

  1. filoIII says:

    I hear the Eng Staffy is by nature just as animal agressive as the Amstaff and APBT.

  2. Susan Hackett says:

    I would be grateful, if someone can give me, the name/email address of a very reliabe Staffie breeder. Thanks.

  3. michael douglas says:

    I too love Staffordshire bull terriers. And mine is bullied by a dashcund and a bloody pug.

  4. Manh Tuong HUYNH says:

    Very Great Thank You

  5. Shadow says:

    My staffy is lazy though

  6. Jason Pickford says:

    Had dogs all my life but living alone now in a big sized house, I work 8-4 would it be mean to get a staff and leave him/her alone during the week , I would walk the dog every morning and evening as i have always done with previous dogs and more on weekends but i feel a bit guilty leaving him alone during the day if the breed stresses from being alone ??? Thanks

  7. iagouaros says:

    i hope it dies soon

  8. AndyLee103 says:

    nice work mate is it best to get a staffy as a young pup or a little bit older?

  9. freethe Oldhag says:

    211 thumbs-up 6 down ,,,,,, : Qell there is always a few "Cock-Knuckles & Swizzle-Dicks in every crowd……

  10. Christopher Oates says:

    I have always had Staffies, I have a Male Jock. He is very gentle. They LOVE PEOPLE. They accept other Dogs in the house but can be aggressive with other Dogs outside. Even my very gentle one. Need control. Love children. I had one who killed 2 of my Cats so if you have Cats care is needed, although that was the only Staff to do this and I have owned 5 in my life time.Love cuddles and a fuss. Lady was so right, loyal they will protect owners but most would make a fuss of a robber.Not guard dogs .

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  12. Darion Williams says:

    does anyone know where I can get a Staffordshire Bull Terrier???

  13. John says:

    Anyone who only spends one hour pr day exercising their staffy is a c**t! If 60 minutes pr day is all you can spare,get a rat or a hamster

  14. Eduard Arnautu says:

    I have a staff! Best breed !

  15. Olivia Holmes says:

    ive exsperienced somethink like this i just got out of he shops with my dad and there was thjs women walking her chiuaha and me and my dad with out staff there these two girls aroudnd 8 or maybe even 7 who ignored the little dog and come up to mine so im like aww thnx they were saying wheres it from where do i get one how r they aww its so cute and i was at the airport where i watch the planes and theres loads of dogs because its like wbere loads of people walking there dogs because theres fields and a forest what s dog would typical love so im walking up and tberes obviousley other dogs like beagles and shitzus and there the dogs what everyones like aww but im like that with every dog so i like stroking them and playing because there adorable dogs are so im walking up on this path walking up with my dad and there was this family and a young kid maybe 2 or 3 who wanted to touch my staffie and this mom and dad r already like why the hell do u have that dog they kill i saw it on their face when they looked at me so they grab their son swing him on to the other side of him and walk onto the path, know matter in fact these r adults who r influencing these kids to hate dogs and in both these situations my dog was on a lead we only take it off when theres no roads just a field or a forest because when im with my dad i litrally run all the way up the forest or field making sure theres no dogs because my dog id very kind and wont even hurt a fly but if theres another dog i dont know if that dog is dangerous or very unsecure of other dogs because of exsperiences in the past but yesterday i didnt check because im only 13 i cant remember everythink so i was in the forest with my dad and we let her off the lead and i quickly noticed a great dane now i shouted to my dad theres a dog so my dog just sniffs the dog and this dog was friendly and then what i didnt notice is this massive brown chow chow camoflouged with the trees which is the owners know i thought it was a bear but then i noticed the man wasnt holding his greatdane letting it rome three but his wife was grabbing on the chow chows collar because my dog was sniffing it and she was panicking so i just said alright lets gobe ause if this dog all of a sudden pull her and grabs my dog she wont behable to defend herself so i just left but i dont normally judge chow chows because my great uncle had one which i didnt see alot and he was so friendly but i thought that his dog would shred my dog no matter what breed but i love every breed and i dknt get why people judge dogs they r awesome.

  16. TTN x says:

    I adopted a Staffordshire bull terrier and he's lovely but he's not a puppy his 3 or 2 and he hates over dogs but I taught him not to be aggressive to other dogs and he's succeed because now his never aggressive but he can get a little hyper in the house and outside. My staffy also grabbs my hand in his mouth and carries it to my face and nudges me 😂

  17. deathfromabove592 says:

    You know you have a proper staffy when someone can break in your house with a bar of chocolate and empty it. The worst guard dog ever if they are brought up correctly lol.

  18. Bronx and Rosie says:

    We live in Canada and thankfully there is no breed specific legislation in our province regarding owning Pitbulls or other similar breeds. we have owned Pitbulls for over 20yrs and never had an issue with our dogs. At home now we have a male rescue pitbull and just recently we adopted a 2 year old female Staffy from our local pitbull rescue center. we couldn't be happier she has been to all the pet stores in the city, my wife and I have taken her to work with us she has also been to retirement homes and we spend lots of time at the off dog leash park. right now we are looking at the possibility of getting her certified as a therapy dog so she can visit children in the hospital. this little dog has been amazing like I said we have had Pitts for 20yrs and considering this dog came to us needing a lot of TLC she was under weight she had been bread a few times and looked to us like she had been used in some sort of dog fighting. But after going through all of that she is the most loving gentle dog we have ever owned. I understand the thinking of going to a breeder to make sure you have a dog with good temperament and no flaws but there are a lot of good dogs in rescue shelters looking for homes. lets face it there are some people out there who shouldn't own dogs, or do not have the capacity to train a dog properly most owners let their dogs tell them what to do and with powerful dogs you cant have that. you don't need to be Ceser Millan but if your willing to put in the time and the effort you could have an great dog. We have a Staffy now and because of this dog will forever have one until we are to old to have dogs anymore.

  19. Robert Stoudt says:

    I own a pit bull that's mine a French bulldog for my wife u don't c many of these dogs in florida but I love them

  20. Robert Stoudt says:

    looks like mini pitbulls

  21. Minecraft Mania says:

    I have a staffie and a pit bull. Cross Rottweiler

  22. TaZ101SAGA says:

    I have a 3 year old rescue staff and absolutely love him, my first dog, had him 4 months now. He's not aggressive whatsoever, most of the time won't even bark back at other dogs, but we've found he's a bit rough when playing with little dogs and almost caused another dog an injury a while back. Because of this we now have to keep him on lead most of the time, although there are some places that are mostly dog free so we can let him off from time to time. I've met a few staffs and they've all been lovely. In my experience it seems to be dogs like Chihuahuas and Yorkies that have have the worst attitudes, yappy little bastards. Love my dog.

  23. are you sure about that says:

    Where i live staffordshire bullterriers live more than 15 years.

  24. fishon fishon says:

    owned 2 staffys before beautiful gentle souls they were, shame about all the abuse and stick they get, problem is there over breeding them in UK so it's easy for any 1 to get hold of them and they end up in bad hands then.

  25. Sheila S says:

    Wonderful dogs. We've had two – both rescues – and they were fantastic with people & loved children. Don't agree that they chew – neither of ours chewed a single thing they weren't supposed to. I can't speak highly enough of the breed.

  26. Phil White says:

    Becuase lady's, they were bred as a fighting dog way back. Be careful with your dogs.

  27. Fractal Universe says:

    It's a stereotype that males don't get along they usually get along better than two females and this goes for a lot of breeds.

  28. Aja Knox says:

    my dog look just like that damn

  29. 1100HondaCB says:

    The comment at 1:24 is so true. I had a Staffordshire bull terrier and she had to be put to sleep almost one year ago at 11.5 years. When my father became terminally ill and just before he passed away, my Staffordshire bull terrier lay beside him all day. After my dad passed away, she started to go down hill rapidly and within 8 months, she got so ill, we had to put her to sleep. So this lady is damn right, Staffordshire bull terriers will look after weak people and my one sure proved this. She would great anyone I let in to my home but hated other dogs. Best breed ever. I really angers me to think some people see the breed as fighting machines. I would love another Staffie. I really miss my dad and my Staffie.

  30. Luna Dragneel says:

    Grown up with English Staffies all my life, best breed, so friendly and great around kids/ babies, it's so sad that they have such a bad rep because of a bunch a disgusting humans that decide to train them to fight other dogs etc… I've had my fair share of people walking the other way when I'm out with my little boy Jack, some have even come up to me and told me that he should be put down because he's a danger to others and I just laugh and say to them that the only danger he has is licking you to death.

  31. Orlando Skeete says:

    This is a real staff dog is not a pitbull people need to see the dam difference people need to stop calling staff dogs pitbulls when there not the same yes there from the same blood line but there not the Same dogs😂😂

  32. ANNA Gaudyn says:

    I have a staffy

  33. W0rmblood says:

    Have had my Staff for 14 years now. She still loves a good tumble. Named her after my favorite band, Dimmu Borgir.

    Greatest dog there has ever been.

  34. Cyklopser says:

    I have one of these beautiful dogs and she is absolutely amazing

  35. imp_lse says:

    If your staffy is chewing your furniture, then you haven't trained it properly, and I can't take you seriously now because… why are you on this show if you can't train your dog properly? Yes, staffies are powerful chewers – the only thing that mine doesn't get through in 2 minutes is bones.

  36. David Plascencia says:

    Are staffs good for new owners

  37. Marc Beresford says:

    so much bullshit comments bred to fight nope end of day it's the owners

  38. Bodil Reed says:

    Oooh i learn so mush

  39. ILikeEating 12345 says:

    So….will it guard the house?

  40. numberstation says:

    If you're watching this and thinking of getting a Staffie, please, please consider getting a rescue dog. There's literally thousands of these lovely creatures in kennels and Dogs homes in the UK awaiting death if they aren't given a home. You avoid the hassle of house training, you get a dog who's size and shape is clear to see, you save a fortune, and you will be rewarded with a truly wonderful, loyal friend who only ever asks for your kindness and company in return.
    Please, get a rescue dog and save its life…you won't regret it.

  41. Claire Child says:

    great video xx

  42. Geoff Rayment says:

    I'd like to comment by saying that I own a staffy myself. He was a rescue dog, he is always wanting a cuddle he loves playing in the garden, he's friendly.. people say staffs are bad dogs but it's not the dogs fault it's the owners. We have 2 pet chickens that roam free in the garden by day and they play with the dog..

    All in, if you want a good friend that's an average size get a staff they're so loyal and loving

  43. n x1 says:

    The 'beautiful little angel' mauled to death by a dog – do people learn = stupid parents never learn when have young kids!

  44. Omar Green says:

    i got a staffy he licks the hack out of anyone he sees

  45. Springer TenThirtySeven says:

    Staffordshire Bull Terriers are fantastic family pets. But one thing i absolutely do not agree with this video is, the woman in this video strongly encourages buying a staffy from a breeder. Please DO NOT buy from a breeder!!!! RESCUE one, there are literally thousands in Kennels who will be destroyed if not re-homed.

  46. fuckin uhh weaver says:

    My two year old dog is part staffie and part bullmastiff

  47. Pretty. Odd says:

    The life expectancy is 12 my dogs 12 but on her last legs😭I hope she's here for at least 5 more years

  48. Vencah Dedavena says:


  49. TransTibial 'OG' says:

    I love the staff, my 6yr Charlie loves the kids, hates when I play fight with the youngest until she joins in. too many people in the UK use the staff as a fashion statement, these dogs need love and human contact so don't get one if you have no time to give them, my Charlie comes with me everywhere, she even sits in the bathroom when I'm in there.

  50. Nathalie Grieves says:

    They are not as good as Coker spaniel

  51. Nathalie Grieves says:

    i think there are better dogs out there

  52. vidviewa says:

    OMG! I miss having a Staffy so very much.In my opinion Staffs are the PERFECT All round dog to have as a pet.Its so important to train him,he'l give 110%back to any love&care u show.

  53. David Thompson says:

    my staffys a red and he's almost 5

  54. ella hyena315 says:

    my dog is half staff he is the best dog yet!!

  55. Joanna says:

    staffy is the best dog lovely lovely dog

  56. sammy and jessie english staffy says:

    i really enjoyed that.. 🙂

  57. Nechir Mohammed says:

    Recently, one of those dogs killed a mum protecting her babies. And the mum owned the dog!!

  58. LunaMarie Sims4 says:

    I don't have a staffy, but there are some near where I live and whenever I walk my dog, if we're lucky, we might see someone walking their staffy. She can be unpredictable when it comes to other dogs, but when it comes to staffies, she never has a problem socialising with them

  59. Golden_planet88 Lol says:

    once a dog attacked me and I shouted
    my staff and she ran all the way across the field and helped me out with her teeth so I would say that staffs are royal

  60. David Melrose says:

    Had to share this. I have a rescue Staffy ( named Steffy have her 1 month )1 year old. For years I have been tormented by what I call night terrors , that feeling of being froze in my sleep thinking I am awake but unable to move. I believe that I am screaming for help but I have been told that I don't make a sound . Well it happened again last night but this time Steffy was beside me I couldn't believe it … she woke me by nudging me and licking the side of my face . She seemed to know I was in distress . Amazing just amazing.

  61. Staffordshire Bull Terrier says:

    this breed is very emotional they need lots of love and exercise

  62. Sovilo Sovilo says:

    Can I get 1 like because I'm getting an english staffy in a month?

  63. Imachowderhead says:

    I have one named Moji, hes the biggest goof in the world. Sweetest dog ever.

  64. John Smith says:

    No matter how deadly a dog an owner will always say it's the best harmless dog in the world

  65. Mendler says:

    "they look after a weak person in a home like a child or a woman" how many feminists got triggered at that?

  66. Brodie johnston says:

    I have two male staffy and their fine

  67. Jack Kamminga says:

    Whe have 1 staffie

  68. Clocker 1 says:

    I Love these dogs!! i have 3 of them 1 is mixed with american pit they are amazing dogs! fun loving and loyal!! and the energy level is endless so make sure they get plenty of exercise! I love these dogs and will always have staffies

  69. DOOOOON says:

    These dogs unfortunately attract full blown fuck wits that create aggressive dogs

  70. DOMINION says:

    Although the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is an English breed they still bare resemblance to their American cousins the Pitbull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier. But then the two American breeds I just mentioned are really just an extension of the English Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

  71. MBbeauty2020 Rox says:

    I love em

  72. Jason Rees says:

    Ye You Right Mate my staffy male pup is 4 & a half months old & he gets 2 miles a day now. I will be real fit by the time he is 1 year old . The dog pic on the left is the 1 i lost in Nov 2016 of Limfoma (Cancer) but even though it was hard he had 13 good years with me.

  73. Nico Reviglio says:

    i just adopted a female Staffordshire Bull Terrier, she's adorable!

  74. Barcelonista 1983 says:

    My boy is getting on now but he is still an ocean short of a wave haha.

  75. danielbitar1 says:

    I have a stuffy named panda

  76. RedFox says:

    I think I have a staff cross a pitbull, its super friendly and protective

  77. Jarvis J says:

    I have a staffie, my girl has been through hell and back with me. Staffie lover 4life! These dogs are the true meaning of man's best friend😏😌. They will cheer you up if you're having a bad day. She loves the babies I have her around. She licks them too much though😣

  78. BoxyTheSpaceDog says:

    no dog is good guard dog if it's socialized with strangers

  79. greengrassofhome says:

    Are Staffordshire Bull Terriers vicious? On the Sick and Wrong Podcast, Episode 601, I heard a news story about a Staffordshire Bull Terrier which had consumed crack cocaine and crushed its owner to death! 😂

  80. Richard Brice says:

    Thank you for telling the world, how great Staffordshire bull terrier's are!

  81. Kris Adams says:

    Yes, but you are not suppose to give them chocolate 🍫

  82. Kris Adams says:

    Even dog jogs, u might kill the poor stafffie 😡

  83. Mapudi Stixs says:

    true that steffies are cool and nice my cousin has steffies and they are just great I can brush them and they look like pit bulls

  84. arxiellamae says:

    i have a staffy but shes crossed with something and im still trying to figure out what she is xD

  85. googo151 says:

    best dogs in the world

  86. Blind Truth says:

    Staffs do not smell? Obviously, she has never owned one these little guys fart like you would not believe. By far my favorite breed of dog though nothing even comes close to these and I would strongly recommend them to anyone who has had some previous experience with dogs and are willing to put the time and effort in raising them correctly.

  87. Derek Dust says:

    There is a slight misconception about staffies as guard dogs. In my experience they can kind of read people's intentions and act accordingly. They love people, but watch their attitude change if they think their owner is being threatened! Also, a few years back we had an intruder in our back yard which our male staffy had backed into a corner. He kept him bailed up in that corner until I arrived home and dealt with it. He didn't attack the intruder, but he wouldn't let him go either. TBH that kind of surprised me because I'd always been told that they were useless as property guards.

  88. David Charles Francis Topham de Vere Beauclerk says:


  89. roxas the rogue says:

    These dogs are more like people, They have such a strong personality. Mine is my bestfriend and very protective of me and my house because I rescued him from a small card board box from the ghetto. Best dog ever

  90. Jeana Ward says:

    Ma wee staffy pasted away last year and he wis the best and most awesome family pet he was Amazon with my two kids, bestest dog ever miss him so mush rip basher baby boy xxx

  91. Snoop-Dogg views says:

    Taffffffy staffffy pupppaaaay

  92. Jason Ransom says:

    My staffy u touch me he’s coming he’s seen me fight n he gets in trust me u get bit your gonna cry like ur mudda

  93. Michele beck says:

    Puppy toys still intact, seat belts in car not so much

  94. Stefan Verbancic says:

    My dog Pete has the most beautiful temperament. He is a tuxedo coat brindle blue staffy.He has turned16 and doesn't look like slowing down.

  95. R33C3 says:

    Y have they gotten smaller?

    I know there is many variations to the breed but the one I had as a kid was (pure bred) he was built like a brick shit house shoulder muscle and a solid head? I'm going back to the mid lat90s he passed about 2K7

  96. GreazeOn MySleave says:

    My Staffy lived to 15 a month from 16. she was beautiful, passed away from cancer.

  97. Paul Buttler says:

    The most gentle dog alive.

  98. Anj S says:

    Um well we just got 2 staffys both male …. ANY ADVICEEEEEE PLEASEEEE

  99. sian xoxoxo says:

    We rescued our Staffy Betsy 2 years ago and it was the best decision we ever made, after some training and lots of love she is a part of the family and can’t imagine our lives without her!! If you’re thinking about getting one it’s so worth going to your local rescue centre where there’s bound to be a few of them 🙂

  100. william mc grattan says:

    Nasty dogs, known for extreme violence. Bred by man to hold, grip and kill other animals,. Avoid or you'll inevitably pay the price, somewhere down the line. Then, it's too late. These things can easily kill human beings and that's why sadistic humans choose them. They bring fear and that's the buzz these people get.

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