Enthusiasts of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier can apply many adjectives to them: brave, devoted, enthusiastic, friendly, intelligent, loyal, obedient, clean, etc. One would think we were describing boy scouts and not the breed with the tarnished image. They were originally developed by coal miners in Staffordshire, England that combined the Bulldog with small local terriers in search of compact, speedy dog. The breed we have today embodies these traits along with smarts, geniality, affection, humor, and sturdiness of character and build. They are devoted and lovable family member and especially love children. They do best with an experienced owner who will provide firm, positive, and consistent training in order to bring out the best in their dog. Their short, sleek coat requires little maintenance.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.