The Blue Staffie, the star of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier


This dog is nicknamed Staffie (or Staffy ) Blue , Stafford and sometimes SBT is none other than the Staffordshire Bull Terrier . Once in England, this dogfighting hero was just as capable of dealing with animals much bigger than him like big cats, donkeys, bulls and even bears! Of course, these practices have been prohibited since 1835 in many countries. This allowed this canine breed to rebuild a reputation and these dogs , today among the most popular are not at all affected by the regulations on dangerous dogs.

the star of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordhire Bull Terrier: main characteristics

Domesticated only since the middle of the 19th century , this ancient canine breed originally from Great Britain, and whose standard dates from June 1987, belongs to Group 3 (Terrier). It is the result of crosses between the Manchester Terrier or the White Terrier and the Old English Bulldog.

The Blue Staffie is therefore one of the representatives of the breed, whose coat is blue … It is a dog with smooth, tight and short hair, of rather compact size, with a broad chest and a medium-length tail. . He is muscular, powerful and sports a very well-proportioned figure. His movements are flexible. It has a short head, round eyes, a wide nose always black, a short muzzle, cheeks with pronounced muscles, powerful jaws , semi-erect or pink ears, a high skull and a well marked stop.

Depending on the breed standard , in adulthood the female Blue Staffie - or another color - weighs between 11 and 15.4 kg and the male between 12.7 and 17 kg. As for the standardized height at the withers, it is between 35.5 and 40.5 cm.

Blue Staffie: a dynamic, affectionate and loyal companion dog

The Staffie is a very active dog, very agile, who needs to exercise every day outside because he is full of energy. However, care must be taken that it is neither too cold nor too hot. Volunteer, fairly good hunter, he is renowned for his unfailing courage . He can be daring. This dog needs to jump, run, play, and have great freedom of movement. Agility courses suit him perfectly, but also other dog sports of all kinds to share with his master. This one can really take pleasure in establishing this beautiful man / dog complicity because the Blue Staffie is always in a good mood.

This Staffordhire Bull Terrier is highly regarded for his high intelligence , but also for his playful side . As surprising as it may seem to people who are unfamiliar with this canine breed, the Stafford is a dedicated , very affectionate , loyal companion dog , and he gets along well with the children he is particularly fond of. He is protective with his masters, is full of tenderness towards them, and he is also very endearing with the other members of his foster family. The icing on the cake, this dog has a big heart since he also loves people outside his home.

Obviously, to avoid any risk of behavioral problems , as is the case with many other dogs regardless of their breed, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier must be educated from an early age and its socialization deserves to be pushed. It requires skill, patience, consistency and great respect for the animal on the part of the educator.

Staffie Bleu: a splendid but sensitive dress

Blue is one of the many coat colors accepted by Staffies. On the side of potential buyers and breeders, it is by far the favorite color , because let's face it, it is absolutely stunning . This is the reason why it can be safely considered that if the Staffordshire Bull Terrier star were to be elected, that crown would undoubtedly go to the Blue Staffie .

This beautiful coat color is of course the result of crossbreeding, but because of this, it is the most exposed to the risks of follicular hair dysplasia . This term designates a partial or total hair loss of which the blue SBTs are particularly the expense. We speak more precisely of Alopecia of the Diluted Robes or ARD. This genetic skin disease is therefore directly linked to an anomaly in the structure of the follicles. But we also suspect an allele to possibly be at the origin of this genodermatosis . In the current state of knowledge, we do not yet have any solutions to detect in advance the Blue Staffies who will transmit the disease to their offspring or in which it can occur.

Before buying a blue Staffie , you must therefore find out about the sensitivity of its coat , and in any case be aware that after the hair has fallen, none will grow back . It is better to stay away from Blue Staffies dogs where at least one of the parents is affected by Alopecia of the Diluted Coats and / or whose brothers / sisters are affected by the disease. The same is true if the blue SBT already has descendants affected by this genodermatosis. Finally, while waiting for a genetic test to be available, it is strongly recommended not to breed blue Staffies . This wise decision is essential to limit the spread of this disease as much as possible .

The fact remains that this powerful and intelligent dog is undoubtedly the star of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and that the enthusiasm of lovers of the genre really pinches for the blue color of his coat. In addition to being beautiful , this one requires very little maintenance . Brushing every 3 or 4 days is enough. Monitoring of the hair is nevertheless essential and from the slightest fall, do not hesitate to consult the veterinarian.