Three and a half years ago, a little Staffordshire bull terrier joined our family. We called her Mojo – and yes, we named our website after her!
She was a lovely pup. She never even destroyed any of our belongings. Many people were skeptical however, about the breed we’d fallen in love with. Too often, friends and family asked us why? Why do you want a Staffordshire bull terrier?
Well, it’s about time we answered that question!
Tenacious and energetic
The Staffordshire bull terrier is a tenacious dog, one who’s always excited, and ready for anything. That was one of our wishes, we wanted a dog with great temperament who’s physically able to keep going for hours, and mentally prepared to do so.
We had lots of time to spend with our future dog, they’d really be part of our family and join us everywhere. So we were looking for a dog that would long to play and swim and hike for hours, and the Staffordshire bull terrier was one of the many breeds that fit this description.
Happy and outgoing
Mojo would initially be the single dog in our family. We knew the breed we were looking for had to love people. Personally, we think that the Staffordshire bull terrier is one of the most family friendly breeds we’ve ever come across. They’re terribly affectionate and love everybody.
Although a Staffordshire bull terrier from a sports breeder (such as our Venus) might be a bit too rambunctious at times, this breed still makes a great family pet for the experienced dog owner. As long as they have plenty time at hand. Though we have noticed that they might not be as suitable with young children as their behavior can be a bit crass at times. Mojo tends to jump in your face when she’s really exited, for example.
But please bear in mind that no matter the breed, each individual dog is different. Mojo for example has been afraid of children for as long as we can remember! Plenty of positive training has allowed for her to walk past children of any age even in busy city centers, but she still does not like to be petted (unless the child has a handful of treats).
All wrapped up in a compact package
Though there would be more breeds that fit all of our previous wishes, we lived small and had a tiny car. As long as you provide your dog with plenty exercise, any breed *could* live anywhere in theory. However, we preferred a compact dog with a powerful attitude.
The Staffordshire bull terrier could be classified as a small or medium-sized dog. Mojo is 39cm (15.5”) tall and weighs 15kg (32lbs). We can still carry her up a flight of stairs without too much hassle.
Living in a van with two dogs
Now that we live in a campervan, it’s a good thing that we chose this compact breed! Both dogs can stretch out on the kitchen floor in our tiny home on wheels and they comfortably fit in their dog crate for safe travels.
Now looks sure aren’t everything – it’s all about the personality, right? But appearance did have some influence on our choice for this breed. We personally love a bulkier looking dog, with a wide head and strong features. The Staffordshire bull terrier is muscular (if kept in shape, that is) with a large head. The head wears a gorgeous smile, bright eyes that show their character, their looks simply appealed to us in every way!
Though the Staffordshire bull terrier is an amazing breed, there are a few things one should keep in mind. They’re a smooth-coated breed, without an undercoat. Mojo and Venus hence won’t physically be able to spend hours on end playing in snow or being outdoors in colder weather. Mojo actually suffers from limber tail syndrome; a recurring tail injury that occurs after spending time in cold water or even just meadows with some dew. These are issues that you aren’t likely to face with dogs like the Labrador Retriever, for example.
The Staffordshire bull terrier belongs to the brachycephalic group of dogs. This means that they have a relatively short shout, and the air they breathe in can’t be cooled down enough on hot days. Venus is a sports-bred dog and seems to be able to deal with heat quite well. Regular show-bred individuals usually have a very short snout and can’t comfortably spend much time outdoors on warmer summer days.
Staffordshire bull terrier are hence not perfect for extreme climates. If you live in the north of Sweden or the south of Spain, you might want to reconsider your choice of breed. At least make sure to prepare for harsh weather conditions well in advance!
Other breeds we’d consider in the future
Over the years, we have discussed which breeds might fit our future life. Though we live a nomadic lifestyle and don’t know where we’ll be in ten years or so, we know that we’d like to own larger breeds of dog. The following list contains breeds of dog that we would consider, depending on our living conditions.
- Akita Inu
- Alaskan Malamute
- American Bulldog (Scott type)
- American Inuit
- Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
- Kai Ken
- Shikoku Inu
- Siberian Husky
- Slovensky Cuvac
- South African Boerboel
Tell us about your dog!
We’d love to know what breed of dog you own. Whether it’s a shelter mutt or a prize-winning show dog. Why did you choose to add this particular individual into your life?