Height: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm);
weight: 24-38 pounds (11-17 kg).
This English cousin to the American Staffordshire is a somewhat squat, muscular, smooth-coated dog. He should resemble ua square, solid block of concrete.” His ancestors are believed to be the Bulldog and the Old English Terrier, now extinct.
The Staffordshire Bull came up the hard way. Called the Pit Dog or Pit Bull Terrier, he had an unsavory reputation for fighting and violence. His name became associated with ruffians who cared little for him as a dog but only for his ability in the pit.
He comes in a variety of colors: red, fawn, white, black, blue, any of these shades with white, or any shade of brindle with white. The tail is undocked and of medium length. The coat is smooth, short, and close to the skin. The small ears are half-pricked.
The Stafford we know today, through careful breeding, quickly becomes a member of the family circle. He is good with children and often is referred to as a “nursemaid dog.” In your presence, he will accept visitors buthefears no man or animal and will deter any trespasser. He is powerful, courageous, intelligent, and active.
As for the women, when they scrapped sugarcoated novels and the sewing circle, shed long skirts and slipped more or less gracefully into slacks, they brought to the dog game the same en thusiasm that has been a lifesaver for various other sporting activities formerly reserved for men. For ladies love dogs as naturally as a film favorite loves her fan mail and their love is no longer blind. Today they are among our staunchest sticklers for correct breed type and know a canine king from a commoner as well as, and often better than, their menfolk.
For this, field trials and bench shows are largely responsible. The latter, although originally confined to the exhibition of gun dogs and hounds, were made to order to attract the modern woman. So it’s not surprising that the sporting breeds now supply less than 50 per cent of the entries or that feminine fanciers are making a strong bid for leadership in both personal and financial support of the shows.
Meanwhile Young America, as usual, has not allowed itself to be forgotten. It has its children’s classes, to which only purebreds are eligible and in which the youngsters pose their pets under the critical eyes of experts who award special ribbons and prizes for clever handling.