If you’re thinking about getting a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, you’re in luck! Because of their reputation, they can often be found in shelters and are quite common. You should, however, make sure they’re legal in your area, as they’re sadly banned in some.
So why do they have such a reputation, and is it accurate?
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was bred for the fighting ring. That means they’re often portrayed as aggressive dogs who are dangerous to kids and other animals. Many places have put a ban on them to be safe, and the fact they were literally bred to fight doesn’t help matters. Who’d want a dog like that in their home?
Staffordshire Bull Terrier – A Dog With A Bad Reputation
The truth is, they can be great dogs, and their reputation is often completely misinformed. They’re great with adults and kids but, like any dog, they need training and boundaries — especially as they’re a muscular and powerful breed. Many people say you need to be their “alpha”, but this is an outdated theory. Have plenty of patience and positive reinforcement and set firm boundaries with your dog, and that will be enough. They love being around their people and are incredibly affectionate, and truly deserve a chance!
One thing to watch out for, however, is their prey drive. They may go after small animals, as many breeds of dogs do (particularly hunting breeds). It isn’t very safe to have them living with cats or rabbits, even if you trust them fully. If you have other animals in the home or plan to in the future, you might want to pick another dog.
Overall though, this is a great dog if you’re willing to put in the work. Any dog needs a good owner to live up to their full potential, and this one is no different.