Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Posted August 22, 2015
Having owned a number of dogs, my experience with Enzo the Staffordshire Bull Terrier has been a somewhat unique one.
As a puppy, Enzo was undeniably adorable. However, alongside this, Enzo was also very difficult to train. At first, I had expected that it was likely that my Staffordshire Bull Terrier would eventually learn. Although now, a few years later, Enzo still has a few behavioural pitfalls. Most notably of these, is his tendency to chew furniture when left to his own devices. I have come to the conclusion that this is likely because Staffordshire Bull Terriers are very energetic dogs, and thus require a lot of time spent with them to release said energy. Whilst Enzo does have a great deal of time spent with him and exercising him however, it does seem that his mischievous ways are here to stay.
Not only does Enzo damage furniture, but other people who haven't previously met him do find him difficult to manage. This is because when he sees people, he has the tendency to go into what can only be described as a 'licking frenzy'. Enzo likes to jump and manically lick, and being a relatively large and muscular dog, small people do indeed struggle with this. This excitable nature has also proven an issue for Enzo when socialising with other dogs, and it seems said other dogs do sometimes deem it to be a bit excessive.
However, in my experience of owning a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, it has not ALL been doom and gloom. Enzo's excitable nature means that he can be a great running partner, as believe it or not, he is very well behaved when out and about and on a lead. Additionally, when Enzo is calm, he is also delightful company. He is a very affectionate and loyal dog, and does indeed enjoy the cuddle once he is all 'tuckered out' at the end of the day. Enzo also makes for an exceptional means of security, as you can feel peace at mind knowing that any potential intruder would be leaving far sooner than they entered having encountered such an animal.
So, what are the pro's and con's of owning a Staffordshire Bull Terrier?
-Loving, loyal and affectionate
-Great for active owners and lovers of the outdoors
-An immense provider of security
-In my experience, they are very healthy and only require annual check-ups.
-Excitable nature can become a destructible one
-Strength can sometimes make them difficult to manage
-Require a great deal of attention and exercise
-Not your standard family dog, due to potential (accidental) danger to smaller people or children
In conclusion, I would certainly recommend a Staffordshire Bull Terrier to others. However, this would be on the basis that said other person was a patient individual with a great deal of time on their hands, that can provide a great deal of exercise for their dog.