The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is sometimes referred to as a “Nanny Dog” in England, because of its affinity for children. Though initially bred for dogfights and for guard duties, its temperament has since been modified, with the result that the dog is now well-natured and good-tempered. For this reason it is no longer suited for serious guard dog duties. Nevertheless, it is considered a multipurpose dog, since it possesses indomitable courage, high intelligence, and tenacity. Its owner needs to assert himself early on, and set limits, in order to prevent disobedience.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a dog of medium build and proportions. It is sturdy, with a broad head, straight forelegs, small ears, and a strong bite. Its lips are tight and seldom drool. Its smooth and short coat can be met in a variety of monochromatic colors, and it can also be multicolored or brindled. Patches or white may be met in all color combinations. Males grow up to 36 to 41 cm in height and females 33 to 38 cm. Males weigh from 11 to 17 kilos and females weigh from 10 to 16 kilos.