Staffordshire is a county in England. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was originally bred for the sport of dog fighting. The dogs were also used to kill rats. History of dogs and development of breeds.
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About Staffordshire bull terriers
The dogs are often called Staffies or Staffords, for short. They originated from a cross between a Bulldog and a terrier. Staffies can be aggressive towards other dogs, although affectionate towards humans.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers are medium sized and pack a lot of power in their muscular bodies. They have strong jaws and prominent cheek muscles. They enjoy a dog-fight if provoked. A Staffordshire bull terrier puppy should be given training from an early age. Puppies love fluffy soft toys and a Staffy puppy will grab a toy by the neck and shake it until "dead!" Puppies also like playing tug-of-war with a rope, which develops their strong jaw muscles. They clamp on and don't let go! The adult dogs' faces are very muscular with no loose skin.
Height 35 - 40 cms at shoulder.
Staffies are fighters! They'll take on a bull or a huge dog fearlessly. You and I need not be so aggressive! God is fighting for us!
The Bible says, "The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still."
Exodus chapter 14 verse 14
Americans have developed a similar breed, the American Staffordshire Terrier, or Amstaff, as it is called.