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Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Medium to Large
Weight: 55 to 77 pounds
Height: 17 to 24 inches
Longevity: 16
Bark Tendency: Low
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: Low

Adopt an Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Dog Breed Guide


The Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier is the taller and leanest variety of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier that originated in England’s Staffordshire district.

Official Name

Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Other Name:


Date – 19th Century
Country – Originally from England and developed as a different breed in Ireland

Recognized By

Continental Kennel Club
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
American Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Kennel Club of Great Britain
Canadian Kennel Club
Australian National Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc


Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a dog breed that was developed from the original Staffordshire bull terrier dog breed that was originally developed for bull baiting and dog fighting in Staffordshire, England. The Irish variety shares the same history of the prototype Staffordshire breed. Irish breeders wanted a taller and leaner dog that can excel in blood sports but also competitive in jumping and weight pulling competitions. They started breeding taller specimens of the Staffordshire. Today, the Irish Staffordshire Bull Terriers outweighs and are taller than the American and English Staffy.


Spirited, persistence and well balanced is what the Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier is all about. They have a fondness of people and will be very affectionate especially towards children. Their blood sports background will come out towards other dogs. This aggressive behavior is because of the Staffordshire’s strong prey drive.

Bred For

Irish Staffordshire Bull Terriers were bred to produce taller and leaner Staffordshire dogs that will excel in blood sports such as bull baiting and dog fighting and also excel in jumping and weight pulling competitions.


Irish Staffordshire Bull terriers can adapt to all type of living conditions. These dogs can be trained to be good house pets.


Irish Staffordshire Bull Terriers are dogs that will be easy to groom but should be groomed regularly. They are dogs that shed hair in average amounts.


Irish Staffordshire Bull Terriers breed can be quite difficult to housebreak.


Irish Staffordshire Terrier is the healthiest with no known medical conditions to affect their health.


Irish Staffordshire Bull Terriers should be sufficiently exercised. Taking these dogs on walks every day is recommended.