they have a very muscular build with a square like head and eyes that are set looking straight forward. the average heights for male and female are the same at around 15 inches. they have a short coat that requires minimal grooming.
there is a difference between the european breed and th american breed, as far as i know this is just stemming from ligaments being cut in the european breed's ears making them droop down.
this dog is very friendly and sociable with adults and children, it has a boistrous personality and is extremely playful. However, this breed are quite aggressive towards other dogs, mainly larger dogs.
As bull baiting declined in popularity and dog fighting enjoyed a surge of interest, it became necessary to develop a dog which possessed a longer and more punishing head than the Bulldog and also to combine strength and agility. It is therefore believed that the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was derived from the fighting Bulldog of the day with some terrier blood introduced. This cross produced what was known as the Bull and Terrier or Pit Dog.
These dogs were renowned for their courage and tenacity and despite their ferocity in the pit were excellent companions and good with children.
Although dog fighting and other barbaric pastimes of the day were patronised by the aristocracy fighting dogs were also owned by the poorest of families.
The pit dog was a favourite with miners and steelworkers and was prevalent amongst the chainmakers of the " Black Country " where the dogs were not only fought for entertainment but provided a working man with valuable extra income when worked against badgers or as ratters.
With the introduction of the Humane Act in 1835, baiting sports and dog fighting became unlawful and a group of men in the Staffordshire area endeavoured to preserve their breed by introducing them to the show world. After much discussion the Standard was written describing the dog's physical attributes and this dog was named the Staffordshire Bull Terrier to dif...