Who would have thought that nearly 200 yrs ago, a Bulldog crossed with a terrier would produce one of England’s—and eventually America’s—most beloved dogs? Today, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, or Staffords as they are affectionately called, have a steadfast and devoted—if not obsessive—following. Breed enthusiasts cite Stafford’s supreme intelligence, courage, loyalty, love of children, welcoming grin, and uncanny ability to ham it up for the camera as some of the breed’s most endearing traits.
I suggest purchasing the Staffordshire Bull Terrier book by Animal Planet, it was our 1st Staffy book.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Story by Steve Stone is another great book, Steve Stone is considered the father of the breed in the United States and I had the pleasure of working with him before he passed away.
In the early 1960’s Steve Stone lived in Finland and he acquired a Staffordshire Bull Terrier imported from England. Bandits Belle Lettres–“Bella” to her family–became the breed’s first representative in that country. Stone fell in love with the breed and in 1966, he returned to the United States with the intention of founding a Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club.
At that time in the United States, six families owned 14 Staffords–scattered from New York to Chicago to Los Angeles. Stone contacted each of the families and January 14, 1967, was chosen as the founding date of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of the USA(SBTC/USA) While the breed began attracting attention and gaining in popularity among breed enthusiasts, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier languished in relative obscurity until the American Kennel Club ( AKC) recognized the breed in 1975. Today, Staffordshire Bull Terriers retain their popularity as an all-around family dog and supreme performance dog, competing and excelling in agility, obedience, flyball, and even lure coursing. ( Animal Planet SBT book)