2. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
The Staffordshire bull terrier is thought to be one of the first “bull and terrier” crosses made in England centuries ago. Known by a number of nicknames, including Staffie, Stafford or just Staff, these dogs are extremely athletic and muscular, as well as smart, tenacious and affectionate, and as such, they excel in agility and show rings. They also rarely drool, because unlike so many other bully breeds, the Staffie’s lips are not loose in any way. Staffies generally weigh between 30 and 35 pounds (14 and 16 kilograms) and stand around 1.5 feet (.5 meters) tall in height. A popular choice for families because of their affectionate attitude toward children, Staffies also require little upkeep in terms of grooming; most can get by with a weekly brushing, thanks to their short, smooth coats.
1. Victorian Bulldog
London Breeder Kenn Mollett reintroduced this breed in the late 20th century, inspired by a similar line that had been popular during Victorian times. Resembling the English bulldog, though larger in size, this variety has a wide, heavy torso, a muscular build and a large head with the distinctive bulldog underbite. These dogs are quiet, playful and loyal in nature, making them an excellent choice for families, and they tend to get along well with other animals, too, including those of the non-canine variety. You’ll need to clean the deep wrinkles on their face regularly to avoid infection, and though they don’t require a lot of exercise, they love attention and respond well to obedience training.
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