Staffordshire bull terrier


Staf·​ford·​shire bull terrier ˈsta-fərd-ˌshir- How to pronounce Staffordshire bull terrier (audio)
: any of a breed of compact muscular terriers that have a short stiff glossy coat, were developed in England by crossing bulldogs and terriers, and were originally bred for dogfighting compare american staffordshire terrier

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Examples of Staffordshire bull terrier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Peggy the Staffordshire bull terrier and Molly the magpie formed an unlikely friendship. Daniel Wine, CNN, 27 Mar. 2024 Actual pit breeds include the American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, and American bully. Lindsey Reynolds, Treehugger, 1 Feb. 2023 The sister of the year award goes to a Staffordshire bull terrier named Milly. Kelli Bender,, 8 Sep. 2021 Some are mixes made especially for sports prowess, such as Crime, a 10-year-old border collie-Staffordshire bull terrier mix. Jennifer Peltz, ajc, 12 June 2021 Another dog, 7-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier Jessie, comes into view and begins following Chucky around the pool as the Pomeranian struggles in the water. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, 27 Apr. 2021 Elvis, a Staffordshire bull terrier, who was born in March, was able to spend one last moment with his friend, Cheerio, the cat, before being adopted by his forever family, British news agency SWNS reports. Fox News, 10 June 2020

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Word History


Staffordshire, England

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Staffordshire bull terrier was in 1901

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“Staffordshire bull terrier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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