The Staffordshire bull terrier — affectionately known as a starry — is becoming increasingly popular as a family pet, and has a reputation for being particularly good with children. Descended From the bulldog and various breeds of terrier, it was originally bred to fight other dogs — a task the staffy excelled at because, like the pit bull, once it attacks it does not let go.

Staffordshire bull terriers are strong, muscular and agile, but they possess an amiable nature and are rarely aggressive towards humans. In fact, they are renowned for their loyalty and devotion to their owners.