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Blue Staffordshire Bull Terriers

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 here, at SBT News sets out to dispel this myth.

The blue stafford was introduced into the breed standard in 1948 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.

 

Conclusion

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)

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10 Comments so far:

  1. Rare Staffords says:

    Thanks guys!!! Can I ask your members that support this view, to lobby your breed clubs to ask for a ban on blue to blue bred litter registrations with The KC.

    Profiteering breeding for colour isn’t only threatening colour diversity but diluting the Staffordshire Bull Terrier gene pool too. If no action is taken to address the unnatural imbalance we be looking at a new breed in the future!!! “The Staffordshire Blue Terrier!!!!!”

    If your concerned like us @rarestaffords please show your support on social media also.
    Facebook, Twitter and instagram
    #rarestaffords 😏 Social has the power for change your voice will be heard as one in unity to save the Stafford as we know it.

  2. david molineux says:

    This is something I have been wondering about now for some time

  3. Marie says:

    Thanks for raising this issue along with the other factors associated with unscrupulous breeding. I live in Ireland where illegal puppy farming is getting completely out of hand and one of the main destinations for all breeds is the UK.

    The other side of modified gene breeding and puppy farming is that the overall health of the animal is often compromised, so as well as costing a lot more there is no guarantee of the dog being healthy.

    • Profile photo of admin admin says:

      Thank you very much for you comment. There is a problem with this in the UK and it is now creeping into French Bulldogs where blues are selling for breath taking amounts of money

  4. Ryan says:

    What are the health risks associated with blue on blue matings?

  5. Kerry says:

    Wow I can’t believe what I just read, it gets me so mad, these so called back yard breeders, I wish there was something that we could do to get rid of them, they cause nothing but problems. In Australia you pay a lot more for a blue than any other colour as well, I must admit I think that they are stunning. So if you bought a blue puppy from a registered breeder would it be more expensive than one of the other colours or is it just the back yard breeders that have hiked up the price? Cheers Kerry

    • Profile photo of admin admin says:

      Hi Kerry

      The price of a good quality health tested Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy should not change whatever colour it is. Always vet the breeders, check that both parents have been health tested and that the puppy has been health tested.

      It is just the back street breeders who breed for profit that will charge extra for a so called rare coloured blue when they are in fact the most common colour.

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