The Blue Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Whilst The Staffordshire Bull Terrier News is not in the business of dictating to those who own, breed or want to have a blue staffordshire bull terrier we are in the business of news and this is an issue which we here at The Staffordshire Bull Terrier News feel strongly about.
For a number of years now some unscrupulous breeders and in many cases those that can be called ‘ back street breeders’ have bred blues to excess and have sold them at inflated prices on the pretence that they are a rare coloured Staffordshire Bull Terrier. This is not the case and we her at SBT News sets out to dispel this myth.
The blue stafford was introduced into the breed standard in 1947 and the colour is the result of a diluted gene which will be covered in a separate article at a later date. When they were introduced there were indeed less common but as the time has lapsed the colour became more common.
Some back street breeders latched onto the fact that the colour was not as common and seeing pound signs inflated the price of blue puppies in an attempt to part the unsuspecting with their hard earned cash. It worked!
So many jumped on this band wagon and bred to their hearts content until we now have the situation that the blue staffordshire bull terrier is now the most common colour bar far. Has this stopped the inflated prices? No! In fact irresponsible breeders are still informing the unsuspecting general public that they are rare and still extort exuberantly high prices from buyer. For example a less common coloured brindle; pied or red puppy would cost between £650 to £750 where as a very common blue will be sold in excess of £1,000 and sometime at a lot more.
Furthermore, many of these breeders and STB News would like to point out that not all blue breeders are included, but, many of these breeders use blue to blue matings, in the knowledge that this would certainly increase the chances of breeding blue puppies, which in itself, can cause health problems associated with this type of breeding. Also, you will find that the one or both parents are not health tested – click here to see our health pages for more information on this – this knowledge is not being passed to the buyers.
As we have said we are not in the business of telling anyone what they should do but we are in the business of news and information.
Blues are NOT a rare colour.
They should not warrant the inflated prices.
Many blue breeders are breeding to excess in some cases ‘puppy farming’.
Buyers are not being informed of the health risks associated with blue to blue breeding.
Before buying a puppy look on the Kennel Club or go to our Breed Club page and contact one in you area for help and advice – CLICK HERE
The graphics below are a list of of Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppies registered at the UK Kennel Club from 2011 until 2015. This shows the colours of Staffordshire Bull Terriers and their respective numbers. What it shows is that if you want a rare coloured Staffordshire Bull Terrier then buy one that is not blue.
The graphics are used by kind permission of Mr Alan Hedges (Ramblix)