Staffordshire Bull Terrier or Pit Bull – Which Is Which?

Staffordshire Bull Terrier or Pit Bull – Which Is Which?

 I would like to discuss a breed that is near and dear to me the Staffordshire Bull Terrier which most people call Pit Bull Breed please be aware that these are two different breeds which have become so crossbred that the only people who seriously know the difference are owners of the breeds.


Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull TerrierAt 14 to 16 inches, Staffies are not particularly tall. But, weighing anywhere between 24 to 38 pounds, Staffies are rock-solid, muscular terriers.

Staffies are still compared to the brawlers who once ruled England’s fighting pits. Today’s responsible breeders are producing sweet-natured, family-oriented Staffies with a reputation for being a nanny dog for kids.

These are true-blue loyal companions, but the old fighting instinct still lurks within—making it vital that Staffie pups be socialized with other dogs to learn good canine manners.

From his brawling past, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier retains the traits of courage and tenacity. Happily, good breeding transformed this gladiator into a mild, playful companion with a very special feel for kids.

Staffordshire Bull TerrierThe Staffordshire Bull Terrier will do well on high-quality dog food, commercially manufactured or home-prepared with your veterinarian’s supervision and approval. Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior).

Some dogs are prone to getting overweight, treats can be an important aid in training, but giving too many can cause obesity. Learn about which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times for all dogs.

The Staffie breed was perfected by one James Hinks, of Birmingham, England, in the mid-19th century, emerging as one of the most successful and enduring. The breed name that finally came to these burly, broad-skulled terriers is from the county of Staffordshire, where the breed was especially popular.

After the Staffie arrived in North America in the 1880s, breeders developed a taller, heavier offshoot, the American Staffordshire Terrier, or AmStaff. Since then, more than a hundred years of responsible breeding has transformed both breeds from brawlers to trustworthy family companions.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a smooth-coated dog. It should be of great strength for its size, although muscular, should be active and agile.


Pit Bull Terrier

Pit Bull TerrierPit Bull Terrier is the common name for a dog descended from bulldogs and terriers. Formal breeds often considered to be of the pit bull type include the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Bully, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier. The American Bulldog is also sometimes included.

Mixed-breed dogs which physically resemble these breeds often get labeled as “pit bulls” by anyone unfamiliar with the difference in the breeds. Many of these breeds were originally developed as fighting dogs from cross-breeding bull-baiting dogs (used to hold the faces and heads of larger animals such as bulls) and terriers.

After the use of dogs in blood sports was banned, such dogs were used as catch dogs in the United States for semi-wild cattle and hogs, to hunt and drive livestock, and as family companions. Despite dog fighting now being illegal in the United States, it still exists as an underground activity, and pit bulls are the most common dog of choice.

Pit Bull TerrierOwners of pit bulls deal with a strong breed stigma, however, controlled studies have not identified this breed as disproportionately dangerous. Some jurisdictions have enacted legislation banning the group of breeds, and most insurance companies will not cover liability from pit bull bites. Pit Bulls have served as police dogs, search and rescue dogs, and several have appeared on film they are a highly intelligent breed. 

Staffordshire or Pit Bull

Pit Bull with a BabyMany people do not know the difference in these breeds and confuse one for the other because of all the cross-breeding and being unfamiliar with the characteristics of the breed.

Either of these breeds is great with children and can become a child’s best friend as long as treated properly and not handled roughly by owners they will protect a child from anyone they feel is a threat to their best friend.

This breed is one of the best breeds that I have seen with children even infants, they can be so gentle even as puppies when being near an infant that even I was amazed. Usually, puppies have a tendency to be full of robust energy but my female climbed up on the couch with my granddaughter and laid down beside her taking a nap never disturbing the baby.

Pit Bull with BabyMy grandson used my male’s jaws when he was learning to walk to pull himself up on the couch to sit with the dog he is a Staffordshire American Terrier the dog never flinched and was kissing him after he managed to get onto the couch.

The male also bite my husband one day when my grandson had gotten stung with a bee on top of his head, he was trying to see where he was stung not realizing the dog was out and my grandson was crying well unfortunately for him the dog came running up behind him and bit his calf thinking he was hurting the child.


Why am I Sharing This

The reason I felt a need to share with everyone about my Pit Bulls is people who do not understand the breed and only hear what the news sources report on which is, of course, all bad never hear what good this breed does.

Old Pit BullI got my female when she was only 5 weeks old she is going on 15 years old now and I know that sooner than later she will head for the “Rainbow Bridge” to wait for me to join her I am not looking forward to that day when she leaves me.

She has been my best friend through many hard times and many good times the memories we have together are countless she is afraid of her own shadow but if you come for me she turns into a completely different animal.

You can think the way you want but before counting out a Staffie, American Staffie, or a Pit Bull do yourself a favor and get to know this breed. You will not be unhappy that you took the time to see what sweet and loyal companions they are. 

In Closing

Sure I could go on with many more stories about my Pit Bulls but just a few should be enough to encourage people to take the time to know that this breed is so sweet and lovable.

You will not find a more faithful companion ever and the nice thing is they are a short haired breed so shedding is a minimum amount and grooming them is easy as well.

Have I changed anyone’s mind about this breed? Leave me your answers below.

Questions, comments, and suggestions are very welcome here you can leave them below and I will answer shortly.

Thank you for reading hope you enjoyed,




8 thoughts on “Staffordshire Bull Terrier or Pit Bull – Which Is Which?”

  1. I would classify myself as a very enthusiastic dog lover but I didn’t know there was a distinction between these two breeds. It was interesting to learn that despite their fighting roots, these dogs are not known to have any significantly higher likelihood of attacking people. It seems somewhat unfair that this stigma is still floating around despite the research that says otherwise. I find it a bit crazy that insurance agencies won’t cover liability for pit bull bites. 

    The pictures you included remind me of my own dog. She is a Golden Retriever and we have pictures of her with my baby niece just climbing and sitting and laying all over her and she is so sweet with her. It’s nice to know that there are other dog breeds out there who are just as gentle and good with kids.

    • Mariah,

      My male Pit Bull would leave my grandson pull himself up onto the couch by grabbing hold of his loose skin.  The dog would just lie there calmly and when my grandson made it onto the couch would give him kisses of love.

      More people need to do their research on any animal it is the owner of the animal that makes them have a bad name, it is not the breed that is bad.

      Thank you for visiting my site and please return anytime.  I want as many people to realize that a Pit Bull is a lovable devoted and loyal breed that is excellent with children.  No child should be left unsupervised with any animal ever!


  2. Dogs are a very good companion of man even for your wife and children.  But for the those who don’t know the breeds of dogs, they should contact those that know the details about them prior to getting any breed. Considering the pit bull breed of dog you can have it all friendship, companionship, loyalty, protection, and so on and more so they have a long life expectancy. Why would you not want to own one?

    • Tunde,

      Thank you for the lovely words about any breed of dog really.  Pit Bulls are no different than any other breed it is the owners that are to blame for the name this breed has received.  This is formally a breed known as the nanny dog helping the nannies to take care of the children of the families.  They are so loyal and protective of children that the ones you hear of attacking anyone have been mistreated and brought up wrong.

      The interbreeding of this breed is also something that people do not consider that can affect their behavior causing problems.  Make sure to always find a reputable breeder where no interbreeding has occurred.

      Once again thank you for visiting my website.


  3. Staffordshire Terriers are sometimes scary at night when the lights are turned off because of their protective tendencies of owners and property. All the Staffordshire breeds I have seen, none seems to have a color that I like for myself. Though dogs are good pets for all young and old to have at homes for protection and other reasons. They help in times of emergency and when buying a dog a lot of things need to be taken into consideration, I mean purchasing the necessary things needed to keep them healthier etc. Anyway thanks for the article it’s really informative.

    • Chris,

      Sounds like a Staffordshire Terrier is not the correct breed of dog for you and your family, but that does not mean that you will not find a breed that is just right for you.  Knowing about how sweet these dogs are and breed properly with responsible owners, then raised correctly they are some of the most loving and loyal of the breeds you will ever find.  Dogs come in many colors and shades Staffordshires are at times scary when protecting what is theirs but this is one of the traits of the breed.

      Thank you for taking the time to read about them and the Pit Bull breeds, I do hope you will continue to research until you find the breed that will be right for you.


  4. Hello Susan,

    I love your dog story about Pit Bulls. Generally, dogs are the most faithful animal. As far as I have seen about dogs and children, they enjoy their company a lot. About this particular dog breed pit bull, I have heard many sad stories of killing them in mass level if I am not wrong. 😞
    My family has had dogs for a long period. When they die its like one of our family member passes away. Please do share your experience with your dogs so that more people can save their dog’s life, especially the pit bull breed. Have a nice time and thanks a lot.


    • Ranao,

      My whole website is about all breeds thank you for reading about the Pit Bull and Staffie breeds, most people confuse the two.  Yes, unfortunately, many Pits have been put to sleep just because of the name that irresponsible owners have earned them.  This is very sad because any dog can be rehabilitated just takes time love and a very caring person that can handle them once they feel they hold the alpha position of the pack.

      Thank you for taking the time to reply to my article, please return anytime as more breed information will be added to the site.



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