Jeepers is about 15 years old (105 in human years) and is one of the best dogs I’ve ever had. They say this breed only lives to between 10-16 years, but I think Jeepers will still be around for many years to come.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
(English Staffordshire Bull Terrier) (Staffie) (Staffy) (Stafford) (Staffordshire)
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a stable, intelligent, affectionate and obedient dog. They are well known for their reliability as a companion and as a family pet. It has a cheerful appearance and a positive outlook on life. These dogs also possess a fair amount of self-confidence. They are very brave and tough on themselves; they thrive to perform to perfection. Staffies are very active and playful and can be rather animated in their enthusiasm. Owners of these dogs often describe them as loyal, active and goofy, always wanting to be in the centre of attention. If danger is near they will surely notice, as they are very aware of their surroundings. Nothing goes unnoticed by the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. These dogs will bark if they sense something wrong, but are generally friendly to anyone they meet, even strangers. Being a very loyal dog, they will stand by their owners and protect them with whatever force is needed.
SBTs generally get along quite well with children, and will protect them like they were their own puppies. If socialization is provided from a young age, cats and other small pets will be welcomed and loved by the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Being a dominant breed, socialization with other dogs should start from puppy hood and a watchful eye should be kept to ensure no conflict or aggression starts. As a result from being bred to fight, they tend to have aggression towards other dogs, this isn’t usually recognizable in puppies, but as the dog grows older, this may become evident.
Staffies usually don’t start fights, but if challenged, will not back down. They are very tenacious and strong and also have a high pain tolerance. Males tend to be the aggressive ones, and prefer to be top dog, any other male dog may be seen as a threat, and this is why proper socialization is a must. Staffies should also know that any aggressive behavior is unacceptable and should be distracted from acting in an aggressive manner.