Prey Drive In Staffordshire Bull Terriers

7 Feb 2024, 3:08 p.m. by Tracey McLennan


This breed can trace its ancestory back to before the nineteenth century when bloodsports such as bull and bear baiting were popular in the UK. The early ancestors of this breed were created by breeding bulldogs with various terrier breeds and were known as bull and terriers. In 1835, the UK started to introduce animal welfare laws, outlawing these bloodsports and since dogfights were easier to conceal from the law, they became more popular.

The ancestors of the modern Staffordshire Bull Terrier were expected to be docile with people as they were often handled during or immediately after fights. Dogs who would bite people would not have been included in breeding programs.

Keep Your Staffordshire Bull Terrier Happy

One of the characteristics of Staffordshire Bull Terriers is that they are often tenacious and persistent at completing a task. These are dogs who are likely to appreciate doing things that will challenge them. They are also dogs who have a strong bond with humans making learning something they often enjoy. In the UK, they are known to compete in a variety of sports and work for the police as sniffer dogs.

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Predatory Motor Sequence statistics for Staffordshire Bull Terriers. The graph shows the percentage of Staffordshire Bull Terriers in my research study that had a strong level of interest in each behaviour.

Bar chart showing the percentage of Staffordshire Bull Terriers intensely interested in each part of the predatory motor sequence

Hunt: 40%

Orient: 37%

Eye: 23%

Stalk: 14%

Chase: 46%

Grab-bite: 46%

Possess: 31%

Kill-bite: 40%

Dissect: 46%

Consume: 26%

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