Astounding Ways of Knowing Your Bull Terriers (Fast)
THE STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER – IS THIS THE DOG FOR YOU?
‘I love my owner’ and ‘I love my Stafford’.
Go just about anywhere and you will find people with a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Ask them if they would ever consider another choice of a dog. Almost invariably, they will fondly shake their heads and say no. For them it is a case of once a Stafford owner, always a Stafford owner. They are only too aware of the advantages of their choice.
When you choose a Stafford, what you get, first and foremost, is a great family dog, who will be particularly dedicating to looking after children and the elderly. He will repay your kindness and care with outstanding loyalty and faithfulness. Neither too big nor too small, he will readily adapt to your lifestyle and circumstances. No matter how bad your day has been, a warm and occasionally overwhelming greeting will be waiting for you at home. A short-coated, clean and healthy dog, he is also highly intelligent, and will respond admirably to sensible training with obedience and a devoted willingness to please you. You will be getting a dog that has faith and trust in people, and who will respond enthusiastically to everyone you meet.
Happy and content.
Happy and content.
Happy and comfortable.
What you will not get is a lap-dog. A Stafford is both strong and powerful. Yes, he will jump onto your lap if you let him – probably with an enthusiastic bruising impact. But being a proud dog, he will not be happy about being over-fussed and will not choose to stay there for long.
You will not get a guard dog. A Stafford’s love of human beings makes him entirely inappropriate for such purposes. He will more than likely respond enthusiastically to the offer of a titbit from a would-be burglar. He would, however, probably make enough noise to act as sufficient discouragement to a stranger’s attempts to break in.
You will not get a dog that will be friendly with other dogs. Other than those in his own home, a Stafford generally does not like other dogs. He has a propensity to fight if he regards the attentions of some dogs as aggressive or challenging. A younger Stafford generally loves to play games with other dogs, but once he has been bitten by a larger dog trying to dominate him, then he will change and he won’t take the risk of being bitten again. Always keep your Stafford well under control in public places where other dogs are running freely. If attacked, remember that he is capable of fighting to the finish and that would cause a great deal of trouble.
You will get a strong and impulsive dog. Allowing him to run freely in crowded places is a lazy way of exercising him and is courting disaster. He will act instinctively if he sees another dog or a cat and rush straight after it. This could result in an unwanted fracas or even a serious traffic accident. For safety’s sake you must be prepared to keep your Stafford under sensible control in public places.
Staffords need their walks in all weathers.
You will get a dog that needs regular exercise to keep him in the good condition expected of the breed.
So, is the Staffordshire Bull Terrier the dog for you? More than fifty years ago I was heavily influenced by the wording contained in the original 1935 Kennel Club Breed Standard, and I haven’t regretted it for a second: ‘From the past history of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the modern dog draws his character of indomitable courage, high intelligence and tenacity. This coupled with his affection for his friends and children in particular, his off duty quietness and trustworthy stability, makes him the foremost all-purpose dog.’
Whenever I see a Stafford I am reminded of these words and I have never for a moment swerved from my dedication and devotion to this wonderful breed. Perhaps more than anything else, it is these few words that portray exactly what a Staffordshire Bull Terrier really is.