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Thinking about getting a Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Kit

Good Dog
I recently retired my Pit Bull, Rosie, from agility at age 12. I have 2 other dogs that I'm running, but I've seen some Staffy Bulls run and I REALLY like them. So... thinking ahead (like 4 years) for my next agility dog, I'm leaning towards one.
I talked to a gal at a trail last week and she will put me in touch with a breeders that breeds for more athletic dogs with a bit less bone than conformation dogs.
Just starting to look around, but does anyone know of a breeder to contact in the WA area?
Like I said, it'll be probably 4 years. We have 2 senior dogs now (10 & 12) and my current agility dogs (almost 6 & 2) DH asked that we not get another dog until Frankie is 10, she'll be 6 in August.
And, I may change my mind and go rescue again....
 

Mister

Little Dog
SBT's are fantastic dogs, they have the same temperament as the apbt and can be just as DA. Apart from the freak show dogs, they can be very hard to distinguish from an apbt. I've had a few and regularly look after a few for friends when they go away.
Kit look up Yankeestaff, might not be WA area (wherever that is) but could help you contact local sbt owners. She's knowledgeable and more experienced then the majority.
 

Capt. Roxy

Good Dog
Premium Member
Apart from the freak show dogs, they can be very hard to distinguish from an apbt.

I'm still new to all this so forgive my ignorance... I thought the American Staffordshire Terrier was closest in resemblance to the APBT? I always thought Staffordshire Bull Terriers were smaller both in height and overall weight in general? To me they seem way more compact but way more stockier and wider but of course I'm going off by the internet and stuff which can be so misleading at times.

Is it me or are their heads GINORMOUS!
 

Mister

Little Dog
I'm still new to all this so forgive my ignorance... I thought the American Staffordshire Terrier was closest in resemblance to the APBT? I always thought Staffordshire Bull Terriers were smaller both in height and overall weight in general? To me they seem way more compact but way more stockier and wider but of course I'm going off by the internet and stuff which can be so misleading at times.

Is it me or are their heads GINORMOUS!

Forget the show bred sbt that your looking at online, which probably make up 1-2% of the breeds population. I'm on about the average sbt running about the street. I can't remember when I last see a show type walking the streets.
I've an old gyp here bang on 16 inches and have only ever seen a handful of sbt's as small in her 13 years, the rest were obviously all taller. Their average height I'd guess is around 17-19 inches. It's you, I haven't ever seen a sbt gyp with a head larger than hers.
Amstaffs, sbt's and bulldogs were once all the same, it was breed recognition of amstaffs and sbt's plus size of the pond that lead to the 3 becoming separate breeds. The bulldog as a breed normally is slightly bigger but here small bulldogs are preferred and they can be hard to distinguish from your average sbt. That said some sbt's are extremely large 20+inches 65lbs not being unknown.
 

Nat Ursula

Good Dog
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Forget the show bred sbt that your looking at online, which probably make up 1-2% of the breeds population. I'm on about the average sbt running about the street. I can't remember when I last see a show type walking the streets.
I've an old gyp here bang on 16 inches and have only ever seen a handful of sbt's as small in her 13 years, the rest were obviously all taller. Their average height I'd guess is around 17-19 inches. It's you, I haven't ever seen a sbt gyp with a head larger than hers.
Amstaffs, sbt's and bulldogs were once all the same, it was breed recognition of amstaffs and sbt's plus size of the pond that lead to the 3 becoming separate breeds. The bulldog as a breed normally is slightly bigger but here small bulldogs are preferred and they can be hard to distinguish from your average sbt. That said some sbt's are extremely large 20+inches 65lbs not being unknown.
was reading about Am Staffs and SBTs and read that SBTs need lots of items to chew on. That is Teddy. He wants to chew most of the hours that he is awake.
 

pitbulldogs

OHMUHGERD
Staff member
I've seen some sbt's overseas that look like just like an apbt, longer legs, similar builds. Personally I like the little short ones.
 

Kit

Good Dog
I've seen some sbt's overseas that look like just like an apbt, longer legs, similar builds. Personally I like the little short ones.
There is a gal from Canada that has a little black SBT that is an AWESOME little dog, super fast, she's the one that really made me notice SBTs. About the same height as Outlaw, but leaner and much more agile.
But I love Outlaws coloring.

BUT, I do have plenty of time. Although, I did mention to the husband tonight that I want one for my next dog and he wasn't totally against it...wasn't thrilled when I said 'next' dog, but liked the SBT part. LOL
 

pitbulldogs

OHMUHGERD
Staff member
I have always liked them, they can be quite the little characters too! Like you said you have time, so I'm sure you will find what you want! Keep us updated on this please :)
 

Mister

Little Dog
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was reading about Am Staffs and SBTs and read that SBTs need lots of items to chew on. That is Teddy. He wants to chew most of the hours that he is awake.

That's crap, they don't need no more things to chew than any other dog. If Teddy is a chewer, it's possibly a habit he picked up in kennels. More often than not it's cause is boredom and frustration due to lack of regular and sufficient exercise. Break the habit by setting out a good regular exercise routine and stop giving him a constant supply of things to chew.
 

Mister

Little Dog
The gal I talked to owns "Outlaw", (about 1/3 down the page) she also has another dog, Felony, with similar breeding.
She's the one who told me not to use this breeder and get a dog with less bone. I didn't get the name of the other breeder though (YET!)
http://www.classystaffys.com/index.asp?ID=33

What a disgrace, Outlaw deserves better. He'd look 10x's better if she actually gave him some good exercise coupled with a good diet.
She doesn't know to much about the breed. Forget the bone comment, a good dog makes the best of it's natural body shape. If they didn't then we wouldn't have the variety of body types we have in these dogs. Like bulldogs it's what's inside the sbt that counts not it's body type.
 

Kit

Good Dog
What a disgrace, Outlaw deserves better. He'd look 10x's better if she actually gave him some good exercise coupled with a good diet.
She doesn't know to much about the breed. Forget the bone comment, a good dog makes the best of it's natural body shape. If they didn't then we wouldn't have the variety of body types we have in these dogs. Like bulldogs it's what's inside the sbt that counts not it's body type.
Thanks. That's why I asked. We've only ever gotten rescues before now.
I did look at Yankeestaff website. Unfortunately, they are about 2900 miles away from me. I'm on the opposite coast of US.