The Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a powerful and muscular dog, very strong for his size with a broad head and very strong jaws. The muzzle is short and the cheek muscles distinct. The stop is clearly defined. The round eyes are brown and the nose, black. The teeth should form a scissors bite. The ears are either rose or half-pricked. The neck is short and muscular. The front legs are spaced wide apart. If they have rear dewclaws they are generally removed, front dewclaw removal is optional. The short coat is soft, sleek and close. Comes in black, blue, fawn, red, white or brindle, often with markings.
The Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier does everything full throttle: play, work and love. It is extremely courageous and obedient, affectionate with a sense of humor. One owner of this breed says “Staffordshire Bull Terriers are very people friendly. They are not particularly wary of strangers in almost all circumstances – although I’ve heard a few anecdotes about some being wary of particular people. My dogs are always happy to meet new people!” The breeds reputation with children is second to none. Adored and adoring within its own family circle. Excellent with other dogs and always ready to play. They are intelligent and stubborn at times but this is the appeal of this ‘human’ in doggy fur! The Irish Staffordshire needs firm and consistent training. They are persistent and active. As a puppy they tend to chew a great deal so make sure you provide them with plenty of chew toys. Their powerful jaws will tear though wooden fences to get to the next door neighbors garden in no time so watch out! Only suitable for gardens with at least featherboard fences. Will rip through panels within minutes. This can be dangerous if the dog gets splinters in his mouth. Be sure to only give your Staffie strong toys. Do not allow it to be off its leash unless it is safe to do so. They can be trained for agility, competitive obedience, weight pulling and jumping. The breed competes in agility, obedience, weight pulling and jumping in the UK at the highest level. It holds the world record for jumping 7feet. Irish Staffies love a challenge and variety. Owners need to protect these dogs from injuring themselves. Totally fearless and curious, they’re liable to jump off of a deck or walk through broken glass. These dogs are not recommended for most families because they need firm, experienced handling and training. They do best with older considerate children. Good with other pets if raised with them from puppyhood. They will bark at wild animals such as birds, rabbits and hedgehogs. Generally very friendly by nature, however it depends on the stranger, if the stranger seems scared or frightened of the dog then the dog seems to pick this up and take advantage. With experienced dog handling strangers the breed is very friendly. They can be difficult to housebreak. This breed holds the world record for jumping the highest.
Height: 17 – 24 inches (44-60 cm.)
Weight: 55-77 pounds (25 – 35 kg.)
The Irish Staff will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. It is very active indoors and will do okay with a small yard.
The Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier possesses tremendous stamina and must have plenty of exercise. They need a daily long, brisk walk or they will become restless and difficult to manage
About 10- 16 years
The smooth, short-haired coat is easy to groom. Brush every day with a firm bristle brush, and bathe or dry shampoo as necessary. The coat will gleam if rubbed with a piece of toweling or chamois.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was developed in the region of Staffordshire, England in the nineteenth century from crosses between Bulldogs and various Terriers. The Staffordshire Bull was developed for the then-popular sport of bull baiting. The breed’s popularity waned as interest in the sport waned. Irish breeders then attempted to create a taller and leaner type of dog that could be used primarily for dog fighting. When dog fighting was banned the breed became rare although it is becoming more and more popular now. These days the breed is used mainly as pets however there are some owners who use the breed for jumping and weight pulling competition as athletics is where this breed excels. The Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier is not a dog for every family, but in the hands of a dominant, experienced owner; it can be a successful pet and family guardian.