Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Training: Previous owner
Posted June 9, 2016
The Staffordshire Terrier is a part of the bull terrier family. My personal dog is rescue which is how I will go about this review, all dogs are different and this doesn't necessarily represent the breed as whole. However, many pit bulls and Staffordshire terriers have many similar traits as my own.
These dogs are extremely smart and, despite their size, extremely sensitive. This makes them easy to train and doesn't really require more than voice correction. These dogs are large and naturally strong I wouldn't leave them unattended with children just due to their size and strength, they are very kind dogs and wouldn't intentionally hurt anyone. That being said, these dogs are wary of strangers. They're very loyal to their pack and take a while to get warmed up to new people. If you're looking for a dog that greets everyone with a wagging tail and kisses to the face I wouldn't recommend this breed. They are NOT aggressive, just protective and very nervous of new things.
Staffordshire terriers have short coats making grooming very easy, almost nonexistent. They are healthy dogs with few, if any, health problems. These dogs are also athletic and have a LOT of energy, regular exercise is required. If you're looking for a good watch dog this is a dog to consider. They aren't aggressive unless you train them to be, but the will alert of anyone coming.
Staffordshire terriers are great dogs, but because of their nervousness I don't recommend this breed to anyone who has never owned a dog before. They require a special kind of person to give them what they need. They are not independent, which for some can be annoying, they have strong pack instincts but they're loyal, beautiful dogs.