Table des matières
- What is a Bully Breed?
- Intro / Overview
- Also Known As…
- Weight Range
- Intelligence / Trainability
- Ideal Environment
- Good For Families And Kids?
- Average lifespan
- Friendly With… (Dogs? Strangers? Cats/OtherPets?)
- Coat & Grooming
- Toys Staffies Would Like Best
- Recommended Diet Or Supplements
- Recommended Products
- Notable Rescues To Find The Staffie Of Your Dreams
- Notable Instagram Staffies
Mon bull s’entend bien avec les autres chiens mâles et femelles, et ses parents bulls aussi et bon nombre de bulls de sa famille s’entendent très bien avec les autres…
Puis ça dépend, il y a des bulls à caractère très terrier, un peu speedés, et des bulls plus « bull », plus cool, genre rois du canapé!
Ils ont autant de moments foufous que de moments à larver dnas le canapé ou a rester tranquille à la maison…
Le bull est super joyeux, et je le remarque chez le mien quand il est content il a du mal à canaliser sa joie, il explose souvent de joie pour pas grand chose… Et sinon, rien ne le perturbe, il est toujours « bien dans ses basketts »
« Quoi qu’il arrive, c’est cool, je suis content! »
Je n’ai jamais vu un chien aussi joyeux…
Education : c’est l’aventure lol! Il ne faut pas vouloir à tout prix un chien superbement bien éduqué quand on a un bull, car c’est un pitre, un clown, et un chien qui aime faire ce qu’il veut quand il le veut!
Si un truc lui fait plaisir : il fonce! Il le fait et plus rien d’autre ne compte…
Très intelligent par contre, ça pige tout à une vitesse incroyable… Alors en faite ils apprennent super bien et bossent super bien mais il leur faut une grosse motivation, ce sont vraiment des chiens à éduquer au renforcement positif et à la récompense..
Le « NON » doit être un non gratifiant, c’est à dire pour lequel il est récompensé dès qu’il cesse ce qu’il faisait…
S’il n’y trouve aucun intérêt le bull n’obéira pas, et ce n’est pas une grosse voix qui va l’impressionner : ces chiens n’ont peur de rien…
Une claque aux fesses : il vous regarde en se marrant lol
C’est tout à fait éducable bien sûr, mais ils gardent une grosse part de « je fais ce que je veut quand j’ai envie », et aussi de « sans gêne »…
Il faut garder à l’esprit que le bull est très inventif et trouvera toujours une clownerie à faire, ce sont des dingues ces chiens (toujours dnas le registre « gentil dingue » quand même pour un bull normalement équilibré).
Donc prendre ça avec humour!
Ils sont très spontanés et francs en faite, peur de rien non plus, donc hops, dès qu’ils ont une idée en tête, ils foncent sans se poser de question! Aucun complexe, ils sont vraiment sans gêne…. Et très têtus donc..
Ils savent vraiment charmer leur monde, et donnent toujours le sourire, pour moi c’est le clown de la maison, rires garantis!
Très calin et pot de colle aussi, tout en étant capable de rester de longs moments à s’occupper seul dans le jardin avec un jouet, un bâton ou je ne sais quoi, ils savent s’occupper tous seuls aussi…
Voilà, le bull c’est vraiment un chien extraordinaire du moment qu’on sait comment il est, qu’on sait à quoi s’attendre, car c’est vrai qu’il ne faut pas compter vivre avec un chien normal quand on vis avec un bull c’est carrément spécial (surprises et rigolades garanties)!
What is a Bully Breed?
You might be surprised to learn that some of America’s most beloved dogs are considered bullies. From large-and-in-charge boxers to small and stout Boston terriers, there are a variety of dogs that fall under the category of « bully breeds. » Many of these dogs have unfair reputations for being dangerously aggressive — especially pit bull breeds like the Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier and American pit bull terrier — but they actually make for very loyal and loving pets. So how did these canines get the title « bully breed » in the first place? Let’s start at the beginning.
What’s in a Name
The term « bully » can invoke a sense of terror and intimidation, so it’s no wonder many people believe these breeds pose a danger to society. However, the term actually has nothing to do with the dogs’ temperament or behavior, and everything to do with their origin and history. Bully breeds all come from the same root stock called Molosser, which is a breed that originated in ancient Greece. Molossers were big dogs with large bones and muscles, pendant ears and short muzzles. The bullies that we know today were created as a result of Molossers combining with other breeds, like the Old English bulldog or mastiff breeds. Though they were originally bred to protect livestock and property, some breeders and owners began to use the dogs for other, unsavory purposes. For example, during the 19th century in England, they were used in blood sports like bull baiting, and some believe this is where Molosser descendents first came to be known as « bully breeds. »
At the turn of the 20th century, British parliament established laws to outlaw blood sports and more immigrants traveled to the United States, bringing bully breeds with them. Once in America, these pups began serving in various professional roles. For example, a pit bull named Stubby became the first American war dog during World War I, when he served with a platoon in Germany. There, he saved countless lives and became a decorated war hero upon his return to the U.S. This early example of a bully breed’s heroism and loyalty helped catapult bullies to the status of beloved household pets. Their popularity continued to grow throughout the mid-1900s, and a bully breed dog’s image appeared on pro-America propaganda materials during World War II. There’s no doubt bully breeds had become America’s dog by the 1950s. So what changed?
Unfair Rep to Loveable Pet
You could probably trace the beginning of bully bias back to the 1980s, when gangs began using pit bull breeds for protection or as status symbols. According to the ASPCA, another probable cause is the media’s misidentification of dogs involved in attacks. One often overlooked fact is that any dog may attack if it’s neglected, abused or trained to be aggressive.
Bully breeds are normally gentle dogs when they’re cared for properly, and they have many qualities that make them great pets for active people with lots of time to give. They are very social and extremely loyal to their owners. Thanks to their athletic bodies and exceptional intelligence, they are very energetic and generally excel in agility. Believe it or not, bully breeds are very good with children, too. As with any dog, you should supervise bullies when they’re around strangers, children or other pets. There’s no doubt bully breeds have been given a bad name, but many animal lovers are dedicated to restoring their image and proving they deserve to be among America’s favorite dogs again.
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Intro / Overview
(All dogs are individuals, which means any single dog from any breed can be any number of ways, both good and not so good. Keep that in mind as we discuss breed generalities!)
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a brave and tenacious bully breed that originated in the UK. Although these pups aren’t very big, they pack a lot of strength (and love) into their little lowrider bodies. This stocky breed is sometimes mistaken for their cousin, the American Pit Bull Terrier, as they also have a characteristically large head and wrestler-type stance. Yet, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier—or Staffie—is smaller and more often found in the UK, its homeland.
Originally bred as a fighter for blood sport hundreds of years ago, the breed has since evolved into a family dog. Many people describe their Staffies as playful, loving, and a friend to all. Still, due to their powerful jaws and potential instincts for fighting, this breed should only be raised in the hands of experienced dog people. With the right human, a well-socialized Staffie will likely be the sweetest boy on the block.
Also Known As…
Staffie/Staffy. Stafford. Little Bullie. Pocket Pittie. Pit Bull (in America). “Staffordshire Bull Terriers are like if you took a Pit Bull and divided them by 10%.” “Whoa, that’s some top-notch dog math right there.”
A few centuries ago in England, bull and bear baiting were, sadly, legal, and Bulldogs were forced to participate. But when England banned these bloodsports, the people who operated them switched to dogfighting, a much easier act to hide from the authorities. For these purposes, the Bulldogs were cross-bred with a now extinct terrier, resulting in a more agile and dexterous dog: the original Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
As dogfighting decreased, Staffies became family dogs. In 1974, the Staffie was recognized by the AKC. Today, the breed is often referred to as a great protection dog and wonderful companion for people of all ages.
28-38 pounds (male), 24-34 pounds (female).
Looking for a cuddle bug? Staffies are often described as a super-affectionate breed, as well as deeply devoted to their families. Their “Bully” status also makes them determined, loyal dogs. This trait makes Staffies excellent companions.
Still, because of their strength and tenacity, this breed should be well-socialized and trained. With the right leadership, training, and care, Staffies should be goofy, easy-going, and endlessly loving pup.
Intelligence / Trainability
These funny little lowriders are clever, intelligent, and often easy to train. Staffies have an innate desire to please their humans, meaning they respond quickly and always look for cues. Staying calm and positive will help this breed turn into their best selves.
Like other types of Bully breeds, the Staffie can be strong-willed. Due to typically high prey drives, unclear and inconsistent training can potentially lead to negative consequences. It’s always advisable to socialize and train your Staffie from an early age.
Staffies have a reputation for being playful sweethearts, yes, but they should also be recognized for their impressive adaptability. Due to their laid-back natures, Staffies are often happy wherever they land. Still, like many other breeds, exercise is key to apartment living. Without daily walks and romps through the park, this higher-energy pup may become frustrated and destructive.
In suburban or rural environments, Staffies should continue to have an exercise and socialization routine. Yards need secure fencing, as this breed can turn mischievous when bored. Lastly, check housing regulations in your area before renting or buying. Unfortunately, some Bully breeds continue to be banned by local government or individual landlords.
Good For Families And Kids?
Absolutely! With the right training and socialization, Staffies are great with children and incredible family dogs. They’re highly tolerant of handsy toddlers, love to romp around the yard with young kids, and will accompany an older child all around the neighborhood.
Introductions and interactions should remain calm and respectful, though, as is true for any dog.
This muscular dog usually stays healthy and active well into their senior years. Due to irresponsible breeding though, Staffies can develop hip or elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation, eye disorders, and skin allergies. If buying from a breeder (and please consider adopting instead), make sure to screen for these genetic conditions.
Even though this breed is sometimes characterized as a couch potato, Staffies require daily exercise to stay physically and mentally fit. These dogs have remarkable endurance and love to accompany their humans on long walks, jogs, or hikes. Many Staffies also love playing fetch, which also burns off steam.
Friendly With… (Dogs? Strangers? Cats/OtherPets?)
Depends on the Staffie! With proper socialization, Staffies can be amiable and trustworthy around all animals. Although they’re incredibly loyal to their people, they’re also often friendly with strangers.
That said, it’s not uncommon for Staffies to be reactive toward other dogs. And because of a somewhat high prey drive, they may not appreciate smaller animals as much as you do.
Coat & Grooming
Luckily, these stocky pups are also low maintenance. Due to their sleek short coats, Staffies need little more than a once-a-week brushing and occasional bath. Just make sure to regularly check and clean their ears, especially if they’ve been in the woods or other areas with ticks.
Toys Staffies Would Like Best
Staffordshire Bull Terriers love to play. Having an array of toys on hand at home is a necessity. Fetch Toys, Tug Toys, and highly-durable Super Chewer Toys a good place to start. Plush Toys that aren’t built for strong jaws may be torn to pieces in mere minutes, but that can be enjoyable for Staffies, too…just be prepared to clean up a mess.
For a more extensive list, check out the following post: What Are The Best Toys For Pit Bulls?
Recommended Diet Or Supplements
Staffordshire Bull Terriers are muscular and energetic. In order to maintain optimal health, they need a diet with a protein content of at least 30%.
You may want to choose a protein source such as Salmon that is rich in the fatty acids DHA and EPA which help reduce inflammatory conditions such as skin allergies. Staffies that do not get enough Omega Fatty Acids from their diet may benefit from a fish oil supplement.
Fish Oil Skin & Coat Supplement
These delicious, vet-formulated chews are made with all-natural ingredients including Omega 3, 6, 9, and Vitamin E. They are designed to support immune health, provide relief from itchy allergic skin, and promote a healthy coat. ($19.99)
Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil
BARK’s Full Spectrum Hemp Oil is made of organically grown whole plants, grown in Colorado, and is non-psychoactive. It comes in 100mg, 250mg, and 500mg varieties, and can help with pet anxiety and pain relief. Shih Tzus are known for hip dysplaysia, which causes joint pain. Full Spectrum Hemp Oil will help ease your pal’s movements and get them up and playing again. ($17.99-22.99.)
Glucosamine Supplement For Hip & Joints
This joint supplement is veterinarian-formulated, made with all natural ingredients (glucosamine, MSM, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid), and comes in the form of 150 soft chews. Basically, it looks and tastes just like delicious treats, and it could really help your Staffy with their hip and joint issues. ($32.99.)
Orthopedic Ultra Plush Memory Foam Dog Bed
This ultra plush orthopedic dog bed provides support for even the meatiest of Staffies! The combination ergonomic memory foam and gel foam relieves pressure points, and helps ease body aches caused by hip dysplasia, arthritis and other orthopedic issues. It offers the best therapeutic support for your Staffie. ($27.99-64.99.)
Notable Rescues To Find The Staffie Of Your Dreams
- Northwest Dog Project
- Pit Bull Rescue Central
- New York Bully Crew
- Detroit Pit Crew
- Angel City Pit Bulls
- Villalobos Rescue Center
- BADRAP Blocky Dog Rescue
- Adoptable Staffies on Petfinder
Notable Instagram Staffies
Dragon The Staffy @dragonthestaffy
Darren & Phillip @The_BlueBoys
Ramsey The Blue Staffy @bluestaffy
Blue The [email protected]_staffy
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Featured image via DragonTheStaffy/Instagram
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What are the difference between Amstaff (American Staffordshire Terrier) and American Bullies breed?
First appearing in the 1990’s, the American Bully is rapidly increasing in popularity, more so than almost any other rare breed both in the United States and abroad. The American Bully is best known for its tough and intimating appearance and its friendly but protective nature.
Height: 13 – 21 inches (33cm – 53cm)
Weight: 70 – 120 pounds (31kg – 54kg)
Lifespan: 8 – 12 years
There are 4 height and size categories: Pocket, Standard, Classic, Extra-Large (XL), Extreme class is no longer available according to ABKC Registry. Weight and height vary greatly and are not considered important, how ever correct proportion of weight to height is.
The American Bully is a happy, outgoing, stable and confident dog. Gentle and loving toward people. Good-natures, amusing, extremely loyal and an affectionate family pet. Almost always obedient, this dog wants nothing more than to please its master.
It is an extremely courageous and intelligent guard dog that is very full of life. Bully possesses the loyalty and stability of the American Pit Bill Terrier while retaining the sociable, amiable and outgoing temperament of the American Staffordshire Terrier.
This unique breed is noted for displaying extreme tolerance with children and an overwhelming eagerness to please its family.
American Staffordshire Terrier (also known as Staffy and Amstaff)
A medium-sized, short coated American dog breed, the American Staffordshire Terrier is the descendant of imported English dogs, the predecessors of the modern Staffordshire Bull Terrier which is itself a direct descendant of the 19th century fighting dogs.
Height: Males 17 – 19 inches, Female 16 – 18 inches
Weight: 57 – 67 pounds
Lifespan: About 9 – 15 years
The American Staffy is an intelligent, happy, outgoing, stable, and confident dog. Gentle and loving toward people, it is a good-natures, amusing, extremely loyal and affectionate family pet. It is good with children and adults.