The Staffordshire bull terrier has such a great temperament, regardless of what you might see and hear in the news. It plays, works and loves at full speed! A Staffy is extremely obedient, affectionate, has a great sense of humour and is courageous.
Staffies are also people friendly and not very wary of strangers in any circumstances. Frank (my Staffy) is wary of some people on the odd occasion, but after a few seconds is fine. Staffies love to meet new people!
The Staffies reputation with children is probably the best in any dog. It is an adoring animal within the family circle and is usually good with other pets in the household.
A Staffy does need a good leader in the pack though, to correct it at times when needed. Staffies need to be socialized often with other dogs too.
Staffordshire bull terriers are also persistent, intelligent and very active, and as a puppy will chew its way through lots of things, so make sure you have plenty of chewy doggy toys lying around. But, be warned… they won’t last very long.
Make sure any chewy toys are strong, and not made of plastic, as this could get stuck in their throats. It’s always best to try and prevent your Staffy chewing on your hand when it’s a pup aswell.
Staffies can be trained fairly easily in both agility and obedience as they love challenges. You do need to make sure that every member of your household is firm with the dog, so the Staffy knows its limits, otherwise it could become unruly and stubborn.
Dogs have a natural pack instinct, so by setting clearly defined rules, and getting all family members to be firm, the dog realizes that each member of the family is higher up in the the pack order than he or she is. Follow this rule and the relationship between you and your Staffy will be a success.
So to sum up the temperament of a Staffordshire bull terrier, it’s safe to say that they are all of these and more: bold, intelligent, reliable, courageous, affectionate and fearless!