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The first two champions of the breed.
Ch Gentleman Jim (left) and Ch Lady Eve. Both titled 4th May 1939
working foundry scene
The Staffordshire Bull
Terrier, the smallest and most compact of the bull breeds, breathed life in the
early 1800s and is a cross between the bulldog of that day and the old English
Terrier, a now extinct breed. Impoverished miners and ironworkers of
Staffordshire, then a poor industrious county famous for its rich coal and iron
deposits, cultivated the breed and the core character traits of the Stafford -
boldness, fearlessness and reliability emerged. In contrast to the Black Country
landscapes (a legacy due to the smoke from the many thousands of iron working
foundries and forges) Staffordshire boasts pottery giants Royal Doulton and
Wedgewood and whilst Josiah Wedgewood was slaving away at his kiln in the 1700s,
just down the road the Staffords' forebears were probably being readied for
another round of bull-baiting. It was thought beef would be tough unless the
beast was 'hot' before slaughter and so Staffordshire Bull Terriers were
developed to tease cattle. Whether an honest belief or an excuse for cruelty,
bull-baiting was a popular pastime, later replaced by dog fights. Today's dog,
however, is literally centuries away.
With the introduction of the Humane Act in 1835
thankfully these horrific bloodsports were officially outlawed.
Since dogfights were cheaper to organize and far easier to conceal
from the law than bull or bear baits, bloodsport proponents turned
to pitting their dogs one against another instead. Dog fighting was
used as both a bloodsport (often involving gambling) and as an
effort to continue to test the quality of their stock.
is this exceedingly cruel history that gives the
Staffordshire Bull Terrier his celebrated temperament, as in
the words of the American Kennel Club: "from the past
history of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the modern dog
draws its character of indomitable courage, high
intelligence, and tenacity. This, coupled with its affection
for its friends, and children in particular, its off-duty
quietness and trustworthy stability, makes it a foremost
In 1951 Mr and Mrs W Stevens emigrated from England,
bringing with them a pair of Staffordshire Bull
Terriers named “Tinkers
China” and “Bills Hope”. Both were “J” line.
Intending to settle in Queensland, they sailed first
into Melbourne then Sydney and contacted the
Controls and registered the pair as the first of the
breed to be recorded. In Queensland their prefix
“Westaff” was the first to be recorded. A litter
from the pair was born in quarantine. Early fanciers
of prominence were Mr J Johnson (Raijoh), Mr R Orpin
from Bundaberg (Nipro) who imported a bitch named
Loggerheads Jeannie from NZ in the late fifties, and
Dr I Lamb (Rettendon) who bought her pet bitch,
Brindle Babs of Bandits, with her when emigrating in
1958. Another fancier Mrs A Knight (Kumbari) who
made up the first Australian champion of the breed
called Ch Westaff Red Devil (Tinkers
China x Bills Hope). In 1961 Rettendon imported
another bitch from NZ named Redheads Gigi. In 1966
the breed was given a much needed boost by the
arrival of a pet dog owned by Mr R Pavey named
Constones Cadet Again. In 1967 Dr L Davidson (Olmoday)
imported Linksbury Modesty Blaize (UK) and Lydes
Jaguar of Linksbury (UK) as puppies. In 1969 Olmoday
imported another bitch, Linksbury Isola of Olmoday
(UK). The combination of these dogs improved the
breed enormously in Queensland and filtered
interstate during the early ‘70s where they also
made their mark. Other imports during the early
‘70’s included Loggerheads Jickory (NZ), Ramlyn
Tomahawk of Linksbury (UK) and Loggerheads Gewalt
(NZ) was acquired by Olmoday between 1970 and 1974.
During the later ‘70s fanciers bought stock from
interstate, these included Crossguns Justice by Mrs
M Murry (Boyendale), Crossguns Deputy Winks for the
Mackay area by R and D Jenks (Pitstaff), and for the
Cairns area Crossguns Newman Noggs by R and R Bowen
The ‘80s have seen many imports, 1981 Red Ruby (UK),
owned by M Douglas (Headstart), 1985 Pitstaff
imported Eastaff Bruiser (UK), both these dogs are
making their mark throughout Australia. In 1986 T
Sinn introduced Crossguns Mr Cobbs and Havildar of
Tarlair (NZ) and a bitch, Aanjuli of Tarlair (NZ).
In 1988 R and D Jenks (Pitstaff) brought in Eastaff
Likey Lad. These can only contribute to the
advancement of our chosen breed. The popularity of
the Staffordshire has reached huge proportions
resulting in large entries at most shows where they
usually have the highest entry in the terrier group.
They have come a long way from their humble
beginnings, and are now a force to be reckoned with
in competition with other breeds.
Bull Terrier is one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented of
all the terrier breeds, without doubt one of the most stereotyped in
regards to exaggerated temperaments. Ironically, this frequent tabloid
targeted and assassinated breed is Australia’s most
popular terrier as well as one of the countries most loved breeds.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a breed that has
many supporters and perhaps just as many cynics.
Over the generations the Stafford has put his
fighting history behind him and his other famous
trait, as a loving family member, has earned him a
place in the hearts of many. Stafford owners
recommend their dogs as confident, people-loving
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is intelligent,
energetic and courageous, and is renowned for being
exceptionally good with children. Highly
affectionate and loyal to their owners, Staffords
are also welcoming to new people.
responsible for many of the unpleasant attacks
reported on humans and other animals, the Stafford
can polarize public opinion. When spoken of, people
will generally fall into one of two camps, those
strongly for the breed and those strongly against. Personally you have nothing to fear from a Stafford (except maybe
personal ignorance and prejudice) as his fighting
past was purely as a combatant towards other dogs
and not as an aggressor to man.
It should be noted that whilst generally not the aggressor of a quarrel he will respond if
challenged. They were,
after all, a man made gladiatorial breed developed at a time when man
less than humane to man and definitely less
accommodating towards their animals.
Staffords will do anything to please their human
friends and can be relied upon to uphold their Breed Standard at all
times. They are highly intelligent and affectionate especially with
children. One concern for existing and potential owners of this breed
is the negative media hysteria that arises from time
to time. As advocates
of this wonderful breed it is essential that ALL owners diffuse
this hysteria and educate the detractors of the
breed to the correct and wonderful Stafford
greatest disservice we can do to the breed is tolerate dogs with bad
temperaments towards people. It
should be noted the cross breeds generally have the market of this
Stafford will generally not be an effective guard dog simply because
the breed assumes human intentions are honest intentions, regretfully
sometimes to their detriment. The
Stafford will passionately defend its family from physical harm,
conversely, uninterested in worldly possessions, he will gladly show
any burglar your best silver with the distinct Stafford grin and the
jaunty air of self confidence the breed is renowned for.
are a breed that very much needs family interaction. They are not a dog that can be left alone in the backyard to
amuse themselves. Being an active breed they love to have a regular walk
long walk once a day is sufficient though of course they
will welcome more), a ride in the car
and in general be included in your family's day to day routine activities. We
will never come into contact with another breed of dog that will show
as much faithfulness, companionship and loyalty as the Stafford.
part of Responsible Dog Ownership it is imperative to
train them to behave in public and respect other dogs.
Puppies can be easily trained to obey house rules
and obedience training can be an excellent avenue to provide
socialisation with other animals. A
Stafford that has been raised with other pets will foster an
eternal friendship. Nurturing
responsibility with discipline and avoid abusing the Staffords
potential for aggression is pivotal to achieve the correct
disposition. Inevitably when the vandals of the world come into possession of the
breed, inflicting miseryand
menace, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier's temperament is a reflection of
its owner, treated correctly he is bold,
fearless and totally reliable, treated callously, he will
mirror his owners malicious intent towards society.
Are you bold, fearless and totally reliable?
Written by Brookshire Staffords (updated June 2007)
Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a medium sized stocky (not fat), muscular dog that
exudes character, strength and athletic ability.
You can find a description of the Staffordshire Bull
Terrier Breed Standard on the
Staffordshire Bull Terriers are
generally considered very healthy dogs. As we can
see from their past history, it really has been the
survival of the fittest and toughest and the responsible
breeder attempts to maintain this high standard.
However the breed is not immune to
harmful genetic diseases. Responsible breeders with
the support of the ANKC and other breeders are
attempting to selectively breed out these hereditary
afflictions. When purchasing a Staffordshire Bull
Terrier from registered breeders (unfortunately not
all breeders are registered with the ANKC and these
generally refrain from health testing breeding
stock) do not be afraid to ask the breeder about
their stock, their breeding practices nor be afraid
on insisting to see health certificates.
L2HGA affects the central nervous system, with clinical
signs usually apparent between 6 months and one year
(although they can appear later). Symptoms include
"wobbly" gait, tremors, muscle stiffness as a result of
exercise or excitement and altered behaviour. Genetic Testing available.
Hereditary Cataracts (also called Juvenile Cataracts)
Hereditary Cataract in Staffordshire Bull Terriers has been
recognised as an inherited condition since the late
1970’s. Affected dogs develop cataracts in both eyes at an
early age. The condition is not congenital, so the lenses
are normal at birth but cataracts appear at a few weeks to
months in age, progressing to total cataract (and resulting
blindness) by 2 to 3 years of age. Genetic
Sometimes the condition is referred to as a double row of
eyelashes, for extra hairs arise from the edge of the eyelid
to rub against the corneal surface. The effects are variable
and mild irritation to corneal ulceration will be seen.
Normally corrected through surgical procedure.
Primarily an inherited condition. It is due to an excess of
eyelid tissue, or a small eye, or both, the result being
that a varying amount of hair-covered eyelid can turn in to
rub directly against the cornea or conjunctiva, or both. It
is usually extremely painful, and the damage caused to the
cornea can render the eye blind. Most dogs are affected by
six months of age and in some the signs of the problem
(excessive blinking and a wet face) may be seen within the
first month of life. Occasionally the condition is
self-correcting as the puppy grows, but in the vast majority
of affect dogs surgery is necessary to turn the eyelid away
from the surface of the eye. Usually such surgery is
successful, but it is much better that, as with the other
inherited eyelid defects, breeders try to avoid producing
this condition in their stock.
Persistent Hyperplastic Primary Vitreous (PHPV)- This is a congenital condition (present from birth)
in which there is a developmental defect in the normal
regression of some of the intraocular structures of the eye.
PHPV can range from being very mild to severe abnormalities
which may lead to blindness.
Genetic testing currently being developed.
Hip Dysplasia -
Dysplasia is a genetic disease because of the various
degrees of arthritis (also called degenerative joint
disease, arthrosis, osteoarthrosis) it can eventually
produce leading to pain and debilitation. No one can predict
when or even if a dysplastic dog will start showing clinical
signs of lameness due to pain. There are multiple
environmental factors such as caloric intake, level of
exercise, and weather that can affect the severity of
clinical signs and phenotypic expression (radiographic
changes). There is no rhyme or reason to the severity of
radiographic changes correlated with the clinical findings.
There are a number of dysplastic dogs with severe arthritis
that run, jump, and play as if nothing is wrong and some
dogs with barely any arthritic radiographic changes that are
severely lame. No genetic testing available.
Before you buy a Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy it
is wise to ensure that this is the correct dog for
you and your family. The Stafford is renowned for
its affinity with humans and is particularly good
with children. He is therefore a dog who is more
comfortable sharing your home or indeed your lap,
than spending long periods of time on his own in a
kennel. It should be borne in mind that the cute
little puppy you first brought home will mature into
a powerful and muscular animal and the males
particularly, require a strong arm to control the
lead. Staffords love human contact and will often be
boisterous with visitors - you have to be prepared
for the fact that not all your friends will
appreciate this. Having a dog is a lot of extra work
and responsibility and you need to be sure that you
wish to commit yourself to your dog's welfare for
its lifespan, which on average is between 10 -12
Because of its close relationship with humans the
Stafford does not make a good guard dog and is not
suited to being left for long periods without
outside stimulation. The Stafford has a
history and it is to be remembered that whilst they
love people, they will react if challenged by
another dog. For this reason you must always be a
responsible owner and never take your dog into a
public place unless he is on a collar and lead.
Always ensure the collar and lead is of sufficient
strength to withstand the wear and tear to which it
will be subjected (leather or nylon webbing are
ideal). The collar should be of sufficient width so
as not to cut into your dogs neck, and neither
uncomfortably tight nor so loose as to pull over his
head in one of those 'stubborn' moments. In
addition, you must you must ensure that your garden
is secure and 'dog-proof; Staffords have no fear of
traffic and all to often become road accident
victims. Puppies require a lot of time and patience
and two to raise will require double the effort and
twice the patience. It is recommended that where
there are two or more Staffords in a household, that
they are separated if left unattended for any length
Of course there are many positive virtues owning a
Stafford - he is a dog with special qualities which
makes him an ideal family dog. The Staffordshire
Bull Terrier is well suited to a close living
relationship with its human companions - he is
highly intelligent and thrives on a one-to-one
basis, being ever eager to please and he will give
you a lifetime of devotion.
Where Can I Buy a Puppy ?
Now that you have decided that a Staffordshire Bull
Terrier is the dog for you, where is the best place
to obtain a puppy? A good first point of contact is
to refer to the enclosed list of SBT Breed Club
Secretaries and speak to someone in your area who
will be able to advise on available litters from
bona - fide breeders. Take time to meet other
owners by attending shows and the local Breed Club
handling class where you can see other dogs and
formulate an idea of the colour and type you
prefer. Look at as many litters as you can, where
possible try to see the parents and satisfy yourself
that the type and temperament is consistent with the
Breed Standard and ensure both parents are KC
Registered. Perhaps the best time to see a puppy is
at around 6 weeks of age when they should be fully
weaned and typically boisterous and outgoing. ( It
may be helpful to take someone along with you who is
familiar with the breed, but the final choice should
be yours ). A puppy is best left with his mother
until between 7 and 8 weeks of age, following which
he will be ready to go out into the big wide world
and that is when the work begins in earnest for the
Collecting your Puppy / Settling into the New
At the time of collecting your new puppy the
responsible breeder will have wormed the litter and
be able to provide you with the date/type of wormer
used and details of follow up treatment and a copy of
Try to collect your puppy as early as possible in
the day (preferably before a feed ) so that you
have the longest possible time to settle him into
his new home. It is advisable to take a small
cardboard box lined with newspaper or a piece of 'vetbed'
to keep your puppy warm and secure on the journey
home. Make sure you have checked his diet and have
purchased food and a suitable bed/bedding in
advance. Do remember to contact your local
veterinary practice to make an appointment for
puppy's inoculations and check up (the inoculations
are administered in two parts at around 9 and 12
weeks). During this time your puppy cannot come into
contact with other dogs or during the week following
the last injection. The first night away from mum
and his brothers and sisters can be quite traumatic
but don't be tempted to let him sleep in your bed or
get up to him in the night; these are patterns that
are hard to break in the future, and he will quickly
settle down and adjust to his new way of life. You
will find it helpful to maintain a good relationship
with the breeders through photographs and regular
updates and they, in turn, will be able to provide
you with help and advice as your puppy grows.
Feeding / Teething / Training / Exercise
You should take advice from your puppy's breeder
but the following is a guide to some aspects of
looking after your puppy:-
A young puppy will initially be on four meals a day,
comprising: milk / meat/ meat / milk to coincide
with breakfast / lunch / dinner / supper, with a
puppy complete added to the meat mixture to ensure a
balanced diet. As a guide you can reduce your
puppy's meals by omitting lunch at around 4 months,
then supper at 6 months until by 9 months he is on
one main meal, usually fed in the evening. In
addition, fresh drinking water should be available
at all times.
When puppy is teething he will want something to
chew and if left unattended for any length of time
he will become bored and your skirting board or
chair leg will become the object of his attentions.
This can be minimised by providing toys ( not too
small and not containing metal pieces that could be
swallowed as the toy breaks up ), and of course by
giving him time and attention. In addition, when
used properly, dog cages can be helpful at this
time, as the confine the puppy whilst you are out
and until you can be there to supervise him. Dogs
are not meant to be kept cooped up in cages for long
periods of time, or in cages that are not
sufficiently large enough to allow free movement.
Therefore if you do use a cage - please don't abuse
The breeder may have already begun basic training of
your puppy by allowing him to differentiate between
the 'vetbed' for sleeping and the newspaper placed
in the run for his toilet. Patience is required
when toilet training your puppy - always take him to
the door following feeding and allow him to go into
the garden, praise him when he has done well and he
will soon get the idea. During the night it is best
to place newspaper near to the back door which minimises the mess and encourages him to go to the
door when he wants to do his business.
Your puppy will thrive on play time but don't give
him anything too hard to chew whilst he has milk
teeth as this could cause damage, and don't allow
him to hang off a rubber ring when young, as his
bones are still very flexible. If you have children
please ensure that they realise that this is a
living animal with feeling and not a toy; they
should be taught to respect the dog. Don't let them
wake him when he is sleeping or constantly handle
him when he is awake. It is unwise to leave
Children of any age unsupervised with a young
puppy. A puppy's milk teeth are razor sharp and he
should be discourage from biting as it can be very
painful. Staffords are very sensitive and if
chastisement is necessary a very effective method is
a rolled up newspaper - usually the sight is
sufficient to act as a deterrent. Otherwise let
them know by the firm tone of your voice; that is
all that should be required.
Don't be tempted to subject your puppy to too much
rigorous exercise. Prior to six months of age he
will only require light exercise with free running
and light lead work and no intensive roadwork.
During this time a puppy's bones are soft and 'too
much too young' can result in malformed limbs.
Exercise should gradually be increased so that by
around 12 months he will be able to accompany you on
long walks without distress.
The information contained in these notes is not
meant to be exhaustive, but we hope they provide
helpful guidance on the purchasing and early stages
of raising your new Stafford. Congratulations on
selecting this wonderful breed of dog. I am sure
you will find in him a true companion and life-long
friend, you will have lots of fun together and your
life will undoubtedly never be quite the same again.
Remember : You're never alone with a Stafford !
A - Australia’s favourite terrier. The
Staffordshire Bull Terrier (SBT) is renowned for his reliable
temperament and affection for both his family and friends. He has been a
popular choice of Australian families for many, many years.
B - Bold, fearless and totally reliable
especially with children. This very important phrase is used in the SBT
Breed Standard. (The Breed Standard is a set of guidelines used to
ensure that the animals produced by breeders conform to the specifics of
C - Registered colours of SBT
include red, fawn, white, black or blue or any one of these colours with
white and any shade of brindle or any shade of brindle with white.
Potential owners of the breed should be aware coat colour has no bearing
on price and that there are no rare colours in Staffordshire Bull
D - Dog Shows are a great
way to learn about any breed. They are held most weekends at Erskine
Park (Western Sydney) as well as at Hillsborough (Newcastle). Come
along, chat to breeders, meet the dogs, learn about the SBT and have a
great family day out at the same time.
E - Exercise,
Energy and Early socialisation.
The SBT requires moderate exercise for their overall wellbeing. This
doesn’t mean marathon runs although they can easily keep up with their
human counterparts in that department! A gentle walk/stroll for up to an
hour will suffice and will relieve boredom (boredom quickly leads to
destructive behaviour). Puppies younger than 12 months should never
be exposed to this much exercise. Early socialisation (puppy
pre-school) is also a benefit to the breed. Teaching young pups correct
manners from early puppyhood assists in making them good canine
F - Fenced yards is most
definitely a necessity with the breed. Because of his popularity the SBT
makes a potentially easy target for thieves. These dogs are then sold on
to unsuspecting families. Some SBTs have also been known to be stolen by
criminal gangs who use these poor dogs for illegal purposes.
G - What
Gender should I get? Is one better
then the other? What we have noticed is that whatever gender you have
been raised with in your childhood tends to predetermine your personal
preference. Both the male and female SBT have equal qualities and one
isn’t superior to the other. What we do recommend is early desexing.
Entire males can roam neighbourhoods and cause disturbances whilst the
females (when in season) can attract a constant flow of unwelcome doggie
suitors to your backyard.
The SBT is a robust and Healthy breed however he can suffer from some genetic diseases. Responsible
breeders with the support of the ANKC and other breeders are attempting
to selectively breed out these hereditary diseases. When purchasing a
SBT from registered breeders (unfortunately not all breeders are
registered with the ANKC and generally refrain from health testing
breeding stock) do not be afraid to ask the breeder about their stock,
their breeding practices nor be afraid to ask to see health
I - Irresponsible owners.
Unfortunately due to the popularity of the breed he is not immune to the
undesirable owner and unfortunately this minority stereotypes the entire
SBT fraternity. It is also this minority who typecasts the apparent
savagery of the breed. See Responsible Dog Ownership.
J - A
Jovial breed. The SBT rarely has a
day off or an off day. The breed possess a magical quality that yearns
for human companionship. He is happy to go for a walk, ride in the car
or snuggle on the couch with his owner/s. It is often said that when
this happy-go-lucky soul is around you are never really alone.
K - Kids. This is where
the breed really comes into its element. As has been said before the SBT
has always been a popular choice for Australian families and this
tradition looks set to continue. A reliable all purpose family breed,
the SBT has an affinity with children and he is their protector and
confidant. A SBT yearns for affection from his family and friends and to
be frank needs this interaction for his well-being. The SBT is very much
child-proof and can handle the punishment young children often inflict.
It is highly recommended, as with all breeds, that supervision is always
practiced. In a nutshell no child should be left unattended with any
L - Learn about the
breed. The breed has a truly interesting history. He is a man-made breed
and was a cross between the bulldog of the day (not the current Bulldog)
and the now extinct Old English Terrier. He was developed in an era when
man was less than humane to man and definitely less accommodating
towards animals. The breed was originally bred to maul bulls (somehow it
was thought of a way to tenderise the meat) at the marketplace.
Unfortunately the breed was also gambled on by poverty stricken
commoners (as well as royalty) on the then popular ‘sport’ of
dogfighting – these barbaric acts were thankfully outlawed in 1835. The
breed was recognised by The Kennel Club (UK) in 1935.
M – The
Media reports portray the SBT as a
savage, people biting menace. With their current popularity as
Australia’s number 1 terrier, it seems quite illogical that these
sensational and incorrect media reports targets this popular dog breed
as a threat to society. Newspaper reports fail to advise the reader of
their statistics, how the results are obtained nor does it mention the
fantastic work that SBTs are involved in eg Pets As Therapy Dogs in
nursing homes, retirement homes and hospitals. Sensational journalism –
most definitely. Accurate journalism – not a chance!
N - Naughtiness. The SBT,
whilst a clown, will become destructive if bored. Many innocent pot
plants, garden lawns, garden ornaments (including the happy-go-lucky
gnome) etc have fallen foul to a bored dog. We recommend that puppies as
well as adult dogs have distractions that they can focus their attention
and energy on. A sturdy ‘indestructible’ toy can be his best friend (or
a bad enemy that has to be dealt with).
O - Old Wives Tales. There are
many, many media generated fallacies in regards to the SBT. Some of the
classics that spring to mind are: - once a SBT bites the dog will never
let go, hate other dogs, will always start a fight, will hate other pets
in the household, are the most dangerous dog around toddlers, will bite
if they are patted, always affected by skin conditions, can turn on and
attack their owners, the scent of blood drives them into a frenzy. Total
nonsense – you betcha!
P - Is a Stafford
a Pitbull? The American Pit Bull
Terrier or APBT can range from 14" to 19" in height. The ancestry of the
Amstaff and the APBT have one breed in common, the Staffordshire Bull
Terrier. From the time the Pit Bull Terrier was introduced to America,
it was crossed with various fighting dogs. Their breeders, following the
tradition of secrecy, kept no written records, such as pedigrees, and
refused to sell to the general public. In effect the term Pitbull refers
to an unidentifiable cross breed that was built for purpose rather than
following a particular Breed Standard.
Q - A
Quizzical soul. The breed has a
unique ability to rush in where angels fear to tread. His confidence of
life and his determination to explore the unexplored can often see his
poor owner end up looking very pale! These wandering souls have been
found in drains, neighbours yards, schoolyards (where he is petted and
the centre of attention) in the middle of roads and on your front step
waiting for your return! Hence the fully fenced and inescapable backyard
is a necessity.
R - Responsible Pet Ownership is easily
achievable and it relies on good old fashioned commonsense.
commandments of RPO: -
adequate and well balanced diet
clean cool water at all times
cosy dry sleeping area
your dog with regular exercise and allow the pet regular family
the health of your dog particularly vaccinations, regular worm
control including heartworm for dogs and control of fleas and ticks
your dog with the local council and ensure the registration tag and
your name and address are on the collar. Registration with your
local Council is required by law and also provides the best form of
identification should your pet be lost
your dog to your property at all times (and always on a lead when in
your dog so that it is not a nuisance to neighbours eg barking
Ensure someone is able to look after your dog when you are on
Suitability.Not all people are suitable to own a SBT.
Do you have sufficient time to devote to a dog? Do you enjoy a dog that
actively seeks human companionship? Do you enjoy physical activities
with a dog with high energy levels? Are you able to devote time to
training and socialization on a daily basis? Will you be content with a
dog that may not be able to interact with other dogs? Will you be
content if your dog must always be on leash when in public places? Are
you willing to help educate the public about the true nature of the
breed? Are you aware of and willing to help combat breed specific
legislation in your area? If you can’t fulfil any of these basic
requirement the SBT may not be your ideal breed.
T - A
Talkative breed.The breed is
(for lack of a better word!) quite talkative. He has a wide range of
vocal utterances that are used frequently that display his emotions. SBT
owners know only too well the language that is sometimes used by this
U - Have you
Undertaking dog sports
with the SBT? The SBT is well represented in Flyball, Agility and
Obedience. A smart, no nonsense attitude has seen the SBT compete
successfully against the traditionalists of these sports eg Border
Collies. A breed that is happy to please his human friends sees the SBT,
week in and week out, gain the respect of his sporting rivals.
V - A
and adaptable breed. The SBT can adapt to almost any situation with
ease. Whilst a yard is ideal for the SBT, he will cope well in smaller
living conditions provided he is given plenty of exercise and attention.
not visit a SBT club Website in every state? Some sites are
regularly updated with doggy going ons and have loads of information in
regards to the SBT.
X - X Breeds (now also
known as Designer Dogs) unfortunately cause the majority of reported
attacksand hospitalisations. While the cross breed fraternity
forms a large percentage of family pets and the majority of these are
cherished companions, care does need to be taken with dogs of unknown
temperaments and origins.
Y - You may have
noticed SBT puppies are regular fixtures in the For Sale section of the
classifieds. Were you aware that breeders recognised by Dogs NSW Ltd
(the NSW governing dog affiliate) are bound by strict Code of Ethics
that can protect puppy purchasers. The majority of registered breeders
health test to eradicate hereditary diseases. Responsible registered
breeders are always available to discuss any ongoing enquiries you may
have. For piece of mind consider buying your next dog from a Registered
Breeder – they have the breed at heart and genuinely care for the
welfare of their puppies.
Z - ZZZZZZ.A SBT loves to sleep with his owner, on his owner, on his bed, on
your bed, on you in your bed. It is important that the SBT have regular
naps to recover his energy reserves. It’s a big world out there, and as
such, he needs to recharge his batteries so he can live life to the
fullest with his family and friends.
BSL affects dogs based on APPEARANCE
ONLY.It has NOTHING to do with temperament.The alleged purpose of BSL is to increase
public safety, but it can not do that because it
completely overlooks temperament.
Breed-specific legislation (BSL) comes in many forms, from
extra insurance policies and special licenses, to outright
bans of particular breeds. It usually comes about after a
critical or fatal dog attack. It generally targets a small
set of dog breeds. It attempts to curb dog bites and dog
attacks by implementing policies focused specifically on
those breeds. And it is always a complete failure -
technically and morally..
astonishing that BSL continues to spread even after studies
have proven its fatal flaws. BSL is ruinously expensive to
implement and enforce. Determining a dog's breed or mix is
extremely difficult, often resulting in mistaken identities
and ensuing lawsuits. BSL does not stop dog attacks or
bites. It increases the financial burden on taxpayers,
animal shelters, and animal control agencies. It doesn't
stop irresponsible owners or dissuade criminals. It doesn't
educate anyone about proper dog care. In the end, the
punishment is doled out solely on responsible owners and
good dogs. Good dogs are confined to their homes, unable to
gain valuable social skills and training opportunities - or
they are simply killed. Law-abiding owners are the only ones
who end up shelling out money to pay for special licenses or
souped-up fences, and they are the ones whose hearts are
ripped out when their sweet dog is arbitrarily deemed
"dangerous" and euthanized.
exists because people are looking for an easy way out. It's
easy to point fingers at a group of voiceless dogs and call
them "dangerous". It makes for great sound bites on the
evening news, and it gives politicians a way to distract
people from real worries. It saves us from having to address
the core problems - irresponsible, ignorant dog owners, bad
breeders, criminals, and an uneducated public.
people mistakenly believe that owners of these so-called
"dangerous" breeds do not care about public safety because
they object so strongly to BSL. On the contrary, these
owners are acutely aware of the need for strong
non-breed-specific dangerous/vicious dog laws, and they
fully support efforts to strengthen and enforce those laws.
However, these owners also realize that the problem of dog
bites and dog attacks does not lie within a single breed or
group of breeds. The problem ultimately lies with the
individual owner, and that is where the focus of dangerous
dog laws should be.
The Stafford is a very agile and powerful animal
that will ideally benefit from plenty of hard
exercise. However, there are also many Staffords
that live quietly with elderly or infirm owners and
the breed will basically adjust to most conditions.
This is a truly flexible breed happy to fit in with
Why Keep Your Dog Fit?
Exercise is a key factor in the health and well-being of
the breed. Fit dogs are more alert and content. They
sleep better, have more energy, and experience fewer
socialization problems. Active dogs also tend to live
longer, with fewer health problems. Regular exercise
helps dogs build strong bones, improves cardiovascular
systems, and tones muscles. Exercising your dog also
benefits you at the same time!
Establish A Routine
-Dogs like routines. Your exercise program
should be tailored to your schedule and you should try
to stick to it. If the weather is bad, make the walk
short but do make the effort. Your dog will miss the
How Long Should A Dog Walk Be?
-A half hour walk twice a day should be sufficient for
most dogs. Never push your pet beyond his or her
capabilities. Remember to tailor your exercise program
to your dog's breed - small dogs with short legs require
less walking distance than larger breeds. Also note that
some breeds with short noses, such as Bulldogs, Boxers
and Pekingese, may experience breathing difficulties
while exercising and, therefore, will require a program
of shorter walks more often. Avoid exercising dogs right
after they have eaten.
should always be walked on a leash -In most cities it is the law and for good reason -
there are dangers to other people and to your dog. A dog
off-leash is susceptible to injuries from cars, can
wander into another dog's territory which could provoke
a dog fight, or your dog could knock over and injure (or
bite) a child or an elderly person. Be aware that people
from some cultures perceive dogs in ways that may differ
from your own perspective. They may be afraid of dogs or
have negative sensibilities to dogs because of cultural
expectations. A dog on a leash shows that you are in
control of your dog and that you respect that those that
want to keep their distance from your dog. Dogs off-
leash are also a nuisance to neighbours, getting into
gardens and flower beds. Responsible dog guardians care about the safety and
well-being of both their dogs and the community.
Starting Out-Be aware that dogs, like people, need time to get into
shape and that weather conditions impact greatly on a
dog's abilities. Before starting an exercise program
take your dog for a veterinary checkup. Also, pay close
attention to your dog's footpads. Care needs to be taken
when walking on certain surfaces which can irritate,
damage or be painful to your dog's feet (for example,
sharp-stoned gravel or hot pavement). Regularly check
your dog's footpads for excessive wear from walking on
pavement and for cracking. In snowy conditions check for
ice buildup between the toes. Remember to start your
exercise program slowly, and gradually build up the
stamina of your dog. This is especially important if
your dog is overweight, an older dog, or a puppy. Dogs,
by nature, will loyally try to keep up with you even
when their health is in danger. After walks be sure to
provide shade and cool water on hot days, and warm,
draft free housing in winter,
Jogging With Dogs-If you want to jog with your dog you need to select a
breed of dog suited for distance running. Most dogs are
"stop-start" runners, meaning they are suited to run for
short bursts followed by stretches of walking. For most
dogs, a long walk is more appropriate exercise than a
run.For those with running breeds, schedule the duration
and the rigour of each outing over several weeks to
gradually build up the dog's stamina. For a 30 minute
work-out, be sure to include a 5 minute warm up, a 20
minute run, and a 5 minute cool down period of walking.
An over-exerted dog pants heavily. Breathing may become
irregular and the dog's gait may become uneven -
staggering. Breathing may suddenly become quiet and the
dog might faint.
Heat Exhaustion- Exercising your dog on very hot or humid days is foolish
and can cause heat exhaustion. Dogs cool themselves by
panting. If panting does not reduce the body temperature
the dog will develop heatstroke. Heatstroke occurs when
a dog is subjected to prolonged exposure to high
temperature or humidity to a point where the animal is
unable to maintain normal body temperature. Heatstroke
can be fatal if not treated immediately. Early signs of
heat exhaustion include rapid breathing, heavy panting,
and salivation. Other signs are fatigue, muscle tremors,
and staggered walking. As heatstroke progresses the dog
may also exhibit vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, or
An Over-Heated Dog
- Carry the dog to a cool, shady place. Apply water to
the head, neck, and chest and fan the dog vigorously
using cardboard or a blanket to speed evaporation. The
evaporation process cools the blood. Do not apply ice as
this constricts blood flow and does not effectively
lower the animal’s core temperature. Give some cool
water - but restrict the amount. The dog may vomit the
water if consumed too quickly.
Alternatively, let the dog lick ice cubes or even ice
cream. Take the dog to a veterinarian immediately for further
What All Dog Guardians Should Know-While walking your dog remember to "stoop and scoop" -
it's the law in most cities (and part of proper pet
etiquette). Keep your dog on leash during walks, unless
you are in a designated area that allows dogs to run
free. Remember to make sure your dog has identification
and is licensed. You are responsible for the actions of
your dog. Most dog bites occur to children under the age
of 10 years old. A well socialized, neutered dog is less
likely to bite.
children to approach your dog safely.
Follow these simple rules:
Make sure children ask permission to pet the dog - let
them know that not all dogs are friendly!
Children should allow the dog to sniff their hand first.
This prepares the dog (and the child) for contact.
Have the child pet the dog under the chin first. If the
dog is comfortable the child can pet the dog along its
History tells us that man has endeavoured, since the
beginning of time, to produce animals of desired
characteristics and features. The pedigreed dog is an
historic success story, a tribute to man’s creativity. If you want a crossbred, please, visit your local
humane society or rescue. You will find many dogs needing
homes - many of them will be crosses.
Please remember when looking for a companion it most
definitely isn't a spur of the moment decision.
You should never purchase a breed without properly exploring
the breed and the breeder carefully first. Selecting a dog
without consideration for its virtues and its faults is the
first step towards disaster in dog ownership.
With the acquisition of a pedigree
dog you can know more about the dogs
character, which helps when
selecting the right temperament of
dog for the right home.
is available on all pure-bred dogs
and breeders can provide invaluable
advise and ongoing support
considering a pure-bred dog, it is
possible to narrow down the choices
to those with attributes which most
clearly fit into your personal
lifestyle and interests. For
example, whether the dog will be
good with your children or whether
you will have time to groom and
exercise the dog properly.
breeders will answer your questions
and share their experiences and
knowledge with you. They can provide
background on the breed and discuss
the characteristics of the adult
experience to give puppies the care
and nurturing they need at critical
early stages. This not only ensures
you’ll have a healthy puppy, but
that the puppy is much less likely
to develop into a difficult adult.
Breeders will guide you in proper
care and feeding, health issues and
training. Breeders are there to help
you and will continue to provide
information and support as your
Eradication of hereditary diseases
through selective breeding
Cross bred dogs display more genetic
faults and inherited disease traits
than any one breed. There are
endless sets of statistics to prove
this idea is a myth, but they never
seem to convince anyone.
many strategies for feeding and
what constitutes "good" or "healthy" is going to vary
from person to person. A regime that works well for one may be
absolutely horrid for another. Therefore we won't reinvent the wheel on the
topic but if you do have any enquiries on nutrition we
would be more than happy to answer them to the best of our ability (or
source the answers for you). Prior to emailing us pleasegoogle
“nutrition and dogs” and you will find a plethora of information on the
Health problems in both humans and pets are caused by poor nutrition and
the inaccurate use of supplements. We support the theory that all
diets that are thoroughly researched and correctly put into practice can
be complete and balanced.
has a reason to feed the way they do, and we’re sure nearly everyone
would love to try to convince you that their way is the "best" way.
However it’s never a good idea
to become emotionally attached to any method of feeding. Trust us on the
will need to do is weed through the propaganda and scare
tactics and decide for yourself what you are comfortable with and
what works well for your dog. We did try BARF. We were in fact advocates
of the practise. BARF could do no wrong. However in the end it just
didn’t reap the rewards we expected. For our dogs, and unfortunately for
us, it was a case of too many claims and lack of results.
Our personal method (and again, this is
just the way we do it not necessarily the way it "should" be done) is to
read the labels. Anything with "by-product" is thrown out as an option.
We like to have at least two meat ingredients within the first 4 or 5
ingredients listed. We prefer rice as a grain choice, not corn. We also
have some "non-nutritional" aspects that we look for. They may seem like
pretty basic rules but if you go through the ingredient lists following
that method you will probably narrow down your choices to 2 or 3
We still support the ideology that raw diets that are done correctly can
be complete and balanced (for some dogs) but to say they are suitable
for all dogs is incorrect, foolish and harmful. We also deem that
premium high quality kibbles can be and are beneficial, nevertheless
remember – kibbles are not created equal. Research
the different ingredients. Find out what those words in the ingredients
mean and decide whether you are comfortable feeding them to your dog.
a broad understanding of canine nutrition and experience with individual
dogs, you see that there are pros and cons to all methods of feeding.
Our advice to anyone seeking guidance with a transition from commercial
food to home made - raw or cooked - is to seek information from someone
both trained in nutrition (not a breeder, for example, who has had
personal success with raw diet) and steer clear of anyone who informs
you one diet fits all dogs.
assume because it is natural it is the best.
Please ensure optimum health for yourself and your pet by educating
yourself about proper nutrition.
vs Cooked Raw Food Advantages:
Fresh – no
preservatives however do your homework on this one!
means that more nutrients are absorbed. Raw food only takes three to six
hours to digest
Enzymes – Raw food
contains 75% of the enzymes needed for digestion
Health Benefits –
most owners witness physical and emotional improvement in their pets. Most
frequently seen changes are cleaner ears, brighter eyes
and healthier skin and coat
Clean teeth – why
risk unnecessary anesthesia for your pet? No more expensive cleaning bills!
Reducing body fat,
and increasing muscle tone can rid your dog of a lethargic attitude
The Health Benefits of a
Appropriate Raw Food ) Diet claim to:
Improve your pet both physically and emotionally
Healthier skin and coat
Brighter eyes and cleaner ears
Reduced body fat, increases muscle tone, more energy
extra enzymes needed for food digestion
pet's liver does not have to process unnecessary toxins
expensive vet bills to clean your pet’s teeth
expensive trips to your vet for your pet’s health problems related to diet
Taking care of your dog's health is not something everyone
thinks about on a regular basis, but it is vitally important
to ensure a long, happy life for your canine buddy. Here are
some things to keep in mind when deciding on the best way to
care for your dog.
There's dog food, and then there's dog food. There is absolutely a
huge difference in a low-grade, cheap dog food and a
high-quality, healthy food. What can a high-quality food do
for your dog? Well, for starters, it can help keep your
dog's weight at a safe level, his heart healthy, his
lifespan longer, his breath liveable and will usually cause
him to have smaller, firmer, and less odorous stools. That's
right. His business will be compact, easier to pick
up, and one less reason for the kids to complain, I can't pick that up, IT
High-quality food will also contribute to a shinier, healthy coat
and all-around energy levels. There are numerous comparison
charts available, so you can see for yourself what the
differences are in regards to by-products, fillers, and main
ingredients in multiple types of foods. Investigate
supermarket-brand foods versus premium-brand foods available
at pet supply stores. If you are looking even further, check
into feeding a raw diet known as B.A.R.F., which stands for
Bones And Raw Foods. Many dog fanciers swear by the health
rewards in feeding this particular diet, which involves
feeding only raw, natural food such as raw meat and bones
along with fresh vegetables, certain herbs, enzyme
supplements and some dairy items.
This Won't Hurt A Bit
Regular veterinary care is essential to a dog's health. Don't wait
until your dog is ill to make a trip to the office, make a
yearly appointment and keep it. From the time your puppy
comes home, obtain regular preventative care such as
vaccines, de-worming, teeth maintenance and flea/tick
prevention. Many a dog owner is devastated to find a disease
that could have easily been avoided with proper and early
vet care. To obtain a good vet, ask around. Word of mouth is
your best bet to finding a great vet and beginning a
rewarding relationship with.
Give Me A Home, Where I Don't Dare Roam
Never, ever let your dog roam. Many folks think a dog needs
to get out and run, and while they are partially right as
far as healthy exercise goes, no dog ever needs to be
running around unsupervised. Not only is it unfair to other
homeowners to have a strange dog trampling through their
flowerbeds or using their lawn as a porta-potty, your dog
runs the risk of being struck by a car, attacked by another
dog, injured by wildlife or contracting a disease.
Supervised walks on leash are essential to good health.
Roaming is taking a chance on early death.
One, And Two, And Lift, And Bend
Here's where the healthy exercise comes in. A couch-potato dog is
as healthy as a couch-potato person, which isn't saying
much. Boost your health status along with Fido and get
outside for some fresh air. Play Frisbee or fetch, go for a
long walk along the beach, or just play a rousing game of
run-around-the-yard. Exercise will help the heart, lungs and
muscles to assist in overall good health. By the way, those
benefits help you, too.
I'm Too Young To Be A Mother!
Frankly, dogs don't care one bit about parenthood. If you aren't a
breeder who is working to better the breed and continue
qualified, titled and tested bloodlines, then make an
appointment for that surgery now. Your dog will
statistically live a longer life if spayed or neutered, with
zero chance of getting uterine cancer, testicular cancer, or
pyometra, which is an often-fatal situation in which the
uterus becomes abscessed and filled with pus. Without even
mentioning the dangers of giving birth, spaying or neutering
will greatly increase your odds of maintaining the health of
your dog. Most communities even have spay/neuter assistance
funds available to help defray the costs of surgery.
Baby Its Cold Outside
Outside dogs are generally much happier inside with the family. An
outside dog is exposed to the elements: cold, heat, snow,
ice, rain, tornados and other natural disasters including
the neighbor's pesky cat who likes to tease from the top of
the fence. Outside dogs tend to be lonely, prone to barking,
digging and exhibiting other unwanted behaviors. Fleas,
ticks and other parasites such as worms are easily picked
up, and you are less likely to notice illness or injury in a
timely manner if your dog is outside 24/7. Let your dog come
on in and lay at your feet by the fireplace while you read a
good book. Besides, it makes for a beautiful Christmas card
Got A Whole Lotta Love
Love your dog. Dogs know when they aren't cared for. Dogs can and
do get depressed, which can lower their immune systems.
Spend some time each and every day with your dog, whether it
is outside playing ball, or simply resting your hand on his
head while you watch TV. Keeping him happy provides an added
benefit to you: studies have indicated that owning a pet can
possibly increase your lifespan as well, by lowering blood
pressure and keeping the blues at bay. Stay healthy
Keep all pets indoors during firework 'season', and
try to walk dogs earlier in the evening to avoid
running into any displays
Once fireworks have started, keep your pet in a
dark, quiet room, preferably at the furthest point
from the fireworks. Block up cat-flaps and close
doors and windows to prevent your stressed pet from
running away during fireworks
If your pet becomes stressed do not comfort him, as
this will only reinforce his fear. Instead try and
block out any noises. Turn on a radio or the
television to distract or muffle any outside noises,
and close the curtains. Act as normally as possible
so that the animal does not pick up on your
If your pet is extremely sensitive, consider
consulting your veterinary surgeon for a mild
sedative or tranquilliser to help keep him calm.
There are also herbal remedies available that can
assist with this problem
Make sure that your pet is properly identified in
case he does run off during fireworks
It's best for your pets if you go to an organised
display and don't let off fireworks in your garden.
And NEVER take your pet to a fireworks display!
Possible Pet Behaviour
As you get
to know your dog or cat, you will notice changes in his or her
behaviour in various situations. During the firework season,
which can stretch from the end of October right into January,
many pets suffer from adverse reactions to the unusual and
sudden sights and sounds associated with fireworks.
Commonly Seen Signs May Include:
shaking and trembling
barking and howling
trying to get either into or out of the house or garden
temporary loss of appetite
temporary loss of bladder or bowel control, with
diarrhoea from prolonged stress
if any of these symptoms become excessive or persist after the
fireworks have stopped, you should seek veterinary advice as
they may be related to a medical condition)
Unfortunately, it can be difficult to treat a fear if the event
that causes it is infrequent or unpredictable. This is also the
case with thunder. Dogs and cats have very good hearing and can
be very sensitive to loud noises, even from afar. In panic or
confusion, they can go to great lengths to escape such as
digging under fences, jumping out of open windows or doors, and
chewing through leads.
What Can I Do To Help My Nervous Pet?
follow all the precautions above during fireworks season. If you
know in advance your pet gets stressed and before the firework
season really gets going, try desensitising your pet.
Desensitisation requires sound effect tapes, audiotapes or
videos impersonating the sounds of fireworks. This may not work
for every pet, especially if the behaviour has been established
over a period of years. If using this method, you will gradually
need to play your tapes over a period of months, starting with
the volume on very low in the background of your home. After a
week or so you can then start to increase the volume, although
this should be done gradually in order to avoid increased stress
levels in your pet. It is also recommended that you do not
comfort your pet if he shows signs of anxiety, as this will only
reinforce the feeling.
necessary, get a responsible friend or relative that lives in a
more rural environment to take care of your pet for a while, but
always remember to update your pets ID tag with the relevant
contact details if he's is staying away from home.
Alternatively, you may want to book your pets into a rural
boarding kennels to ensure complete safety.
Be gentle and try to avoid unnecessary stressful situations
What Do I Do If My Pet Goes Missing?
your pet does go missing, search the local area immediately, as he may
be hiding nearby. Contact your local dog warden or police station to
record your pet's details and call all the local rescue centres to see
if your pet has been found and taken into their care. Advertise the loss
of your pet by putting up posters in your area, local shops and
The following books are wonderful
introductions (some are more detailed
than others) to the
Staffordshire Bull Terrier. They provide
not only conformational information but
also histories of the breed, how to
care, train and what types of activities
are enjoyed by Staffords and their
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
by C V Hollender ISBN-10: 1857361237
Paperback: 88 pages
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
by H N Bielby ISBN-10: 1857360834
Paperback: 106 pages
Staffordshire Bull Terrier: The
History and Sport by Mike Homan
ISBN-10: 1852590785 Hardcover: 184 pages
Staffordshire Bull Terriers: An
Owner's Companion by
Vic Pounds and Lilian Rant
The Complete Staffordshire Bull
Terrier by Danny Gilmour ISBN-10:
0948955694 Hardcover: 160 pages
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier
by John F Gordon ISBN-10: 0091527716
Paperback: 200 pages
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier
by Dieter Flagg ISBN-10: 1860541496
Hardcover: 144 pages
Your Staffordshire Bull Terrier
by Steve Bradder ISBN-10: 1852791381
Hardcover: 136 pages
No matter how little money and how few possessions you own,
having a dog makes you rich - Louis Sabin
Disclaimer: Information provided is not intended to replace or override any
advice from your veterinarian.