Meet English Staffy’s Mya, Zali and Jax and their owner Kimberley
About the breed
The purebred Staffordshire Bull Terrier is generally known as an English Staffy. The breed originated from England, and back in the day were commonly used as ‘Nanny’ dogs to help protect and look after children. They are very people-oriented dogs and highly affectionate.
Why did you choose this particular breed?
Funnily enough, I didn’t really choose this breed, my husband did. He knew someone who had some puppies and he wanted to take me to have a look to try and convince me with their cuteness. There were two puppies left, and without having the thought that we were getting a puppy, we couldn’t leave without little Mya. Her wiggle/ wrinkles and eye had us hooked. Her personality and temperament made me fall in love with the breed.
Is their personality/behaviour in line with what people may associate with the breed?
Not at all. Unfortunately, the English Staffy breed aren’t perceived in the best light. We walk our dogs and people cross the road to avoid us. However, the personality of my three could not be further from this perception. The most harm they would do is jumping on you to lick you!
Any tips for someone considering getting this breed?
I would suggest making sure you can be home a lot, not every minute of every day, but they do love human attention and companionship. They love to have a run (and get the zoomies quite often), but if they have space to play, they are quite happy. To be honest, mine sleep for the most of every day.
The English Staffy is a great breed for around children, so it is a perfect breed for a small family. Each dog is different, mine don’t like baths and can get anxious for certain things (thunderstorms/steam mop), but each of them is different with what they like/don’t like. And forget food, they will eat ANYTHING!
How interested/good at training or obedience?
Each of my three were easy to train. The more time you spend with them, the easier it is and the more they will learn. They are treat or toy oriented so that helps immensely in trying to teach them new tricks.
Any tricks, skills or community work?
Zali only knows sit and stay. She does know drop, however, can be stubborn when there are no treats involved. Mya can sit, stay, drop and roll over, however, her roll over turns into her staying on her back for belly rubs! Jax knows the most tricks, as I lived with him alone for a year and could spend more time with him. He knows sit, stay, drop, rollover, shake and high five. When you have something he wants, he will do each trick he knows all at once in the hope that he will get what he wants quicker.
Follow Mya, Zali and Jax’s life here: @myazalijax