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Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Fawn, Standing)
Fawn, Standing

Breed Information


2022: #75

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2020: #81

2019: #82

2018: #80

2017: #82

2016: #82

2015: #79

Name Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Other names Staffy, Staff, SBT, Stafford, Staffy Bull
Origin United Kingdom
Breed Group Terrier (AKC:1974)(UKC)
Size Small to Medium
Type Purebred
Life span 12-14 years








Male: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm)

Female: 13-15 inches (33-38 cm)


Males 25-38 pounds (11-17 kg)

Female: 23-35 pounds (10-16 kg)








Litter Size 5-7 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $1500 - $2500 USD

On average a Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy will cost $2,000 in the USA. Most puppies can be found between $1500 and $3,000. The price will vary depending on the breeder and location as well as the dog’s bloodline, color, and age among other things.

Breed Characteristics


3 stars

Apartment Friendly

3 stars

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. It is very active indoors and will do okay with a small yard.

Barking Tendencies

1 stars


Cat Friendly

2 stars

Child Friendly

4 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them

Dog Friendly

1 stars

Exercise Needs

4 stars

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier possesses tremendous stamina and must have plenty of exercise, which needs to include a daily walk or jog.


1 stars

Low Maintenance: The Stafford has a short, smooth coat and his grooming needs are modest. Brush the coat a couple of times a week to keep shedding to a minimum. Bathe him every three or four months or as needed if he’s dirty. The rest is basic care. Trim the nails as needed, usually every week or two. Brush the teeth frequently with a vet-approved pet toothpaste for good overall health and fresh breath.

Health Issues

3 stars

Hypoallergenic: NoHip dysplasia is occasionally seen. Prone to mast cell tumors. Puppies are prone to having an elongated soft palate. Like all the bully type breeds, Staffordshire Bull Terriers often have gas problems.


4 stars

Ranking: #49 Full Ranking List


3 stars

Shedding Level

1 stars

Minimal Shedding: This dog will shed a negligible amount. Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with dog hair in their cars and homes.

Stranger Friendly

4 stars


3 stars

Moderately Easy Training: Training won't require too much attention and effort, though it won't be easier than other breeds. Expect results to come gradually.

Watchdog Ability

3 stars

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Staffordshire Bull Terrier Puppy (Brindle, Standing)
Brindle, Standing

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Buddy Sadie
02 Jasper Daisy
03 Dexter Ella
04 Beau Angel
05 Toby Luna
06 Shadow Ellie
07 Riley Lady
08 Oliver Emma
09 Sam Coco
10 Moose Zoe
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is slightly longer than it is tall, and relatively wide, giving it a low center of gravity and firm stance. Its small size imparts a surprising agility, while its heavy musculature provides great strength. The wide head provides ample room for attachment of jaw muscles. Its gait should be powerful and agile. Its coat is smooth, short and close.

The Staffordshire bull terrier is a fun-loving character that loves playing with its family and friends. It is typically playful, companionable, amiable, docile and generally responsive to its owner's wishes. Its love of a good game is rivaled only by its need for human companionship. It is also characteristically friendly toward strangers. Some can be strong-willed. Although it doesn't usually look for a fight, it is fearless and tenacious. It may not do well around strange dogs or sometimes even household dogs that challenge it. It is generally very good with children; although usually gentle, some can be rambunctious. In the United Kingdom the Stafford is known as the Nanny Dog, in reference to its eagerness and ability to assume the role of a child's nursemaid.


The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was developed in the region of Staffordshire, England, in the nineteenth century from crosses between Bulldogs and various local terriers that were similar to the Manchester Terrier. The Staffordshire Bull was developed for the then-popular sport of bull baiting. The breed's popularity waned as interest in the sport waned. Then, in the twentieth century, interest in the breed grew again, especially in the United States. It returned to the show ring in 1935. In the U.S. it is now well bred in a size slightly larger than that called for in the European standard. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is not a dog for every family, but in the hands of a dominant, experienced owner it can be a successful pet and family guardian. The breed was recognized by the AKC in 1974.

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