The breed attained recognition to The Kennel Club on 25 May 1935. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club was formed in June 1935, a couple of months after the breed was recognised by the kennel club.
The breed was recognized in the U.S. by the American Kennel Club in 1975.
The very purpose for which they were created has given this dog breed a tainted reputation. History records that the dogs had to be beaten harshly in order to make them even more aggressive against their rivals inside the fighting pit. Today, the Staffies pride themselves not only as guardians but also as endearing family pets and amazing show dogs.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Description
- The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a muscular dog, very strong for their size.
- The head is short and deep with a broad skull, short fore face, distinct stop and strong jaws. The nose is black. The teeth meet in a scissors bite. The lips should be tight and clean. The round eyes are dark in color, in relation to the coat. The somewhat small ears are either rose or half pricked.
- The front legs are straight.
- Dewclaws are sometimes removed and the paws are medium sized and well padded.
- The low-set tail is thicker at the base, tapering to a point, carried low. The tail should not curl much and may be likened to an old fashioned pump handle.
- The smooth, short coat comes in red, fawn, white, black or blue, or any of these colors with white and in any shade of brindle with or without white markings.