Meet Belinda and Axle the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, aged 6 years

About the breed

Originating from the Staffordshire region in England, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was bred from crosses between Bulldogs and various other terrier breeds for the once popular sport of bull baiting. Since then, interest in the breed stems around them being considered a good family pet.

Very strong and muscular for their size, the ‘staffy’ is a highly energetic and enthusiastic breed, known for doing everything full throttle! They are extremely affectionate and can be very obedient if well trained.

Why did you choose this particular breed?

Because of their loyalty to their owner/family, they are affectionate and the unconditional love that they constantly give you is so special. Their gorgeous eyes just melt your heart… which makes them get everything they want. LOL

Is their personality/behaviour in line with what people may associate with the breed?

Unfortunately we only ever see negative news about the Staffy and they are often looked at in a negative and aggressive way, when actually they are ‘totally the opposite’. With their high intelligence to learn things so quickly, if in the wrong hands of an irresponsible dog owner, they will unfortunately learn what they are taught. I truly believe that dogs are a reflection of their owner.

Any Tips for someone considering getting this breed?

If you want a pooch constantly by your side, loves human attention, pats/cuddles, sits on your lap, on your bed, watching you eat, wants to play and be with you every second of the day, then this is the Perfect Breed. They become part of the Family!

I can’t speak highly enough about taking your Staffy to obedience school It’s never too late to teach them and yourself! .It’s not just for your Pooch, but for the owner as well. You learn to earn each other’s trust and how to communicate correctly. This also helps you when it comes to teaching them tricks in a correct manner and teaching them good habits around the home.

How interested/good at training or obedience?

Staffies are extremely intelligent and will learn very, very quickly. They absolutely love human interaction with their owner. This keeps them happy and healthy.

Any tricks, skills or community work?

Axle can balance balls, toys, eggs, food and treats on his nose and will actually catch the treat straight from his nose into his mouth.

Axle ‘Loves’ posing for the camera. Taking photos of Axle working safely in the Workshop with Helmet, Safety Glasses and Vest, driving a Fork Lift, using machinery etc… and he’ll stay still until he hears the camera click, then he’ll move.

He will give High 5’s and is currently learning how to walk on his hind legs.

But! His best skill is Spinning the Fidget Spinners on his nose and paws, which now is he known for as the Fidget Dog with his video going viral to over 14 million people worldwide.☺

Axle is also an Ambassador for Stafford Rescue Victoria. Making special guest appearances at their regular monthly Sausage Sizzle Days and posing for photos with children and adults.