Staffordshire Bull Terriers, like other bull and terrier breeds, descend down from a legacy of hard work and blood sports. Back in England around the time of the industrial revolution, this breed was born out of primarily the working class. As such, these dogs were given jobs to do as there was no room for pets in those times that did not pull their weight. Staffords were bred to be dual purpose animals, capable of the more terrier type activities of rat catching and hunting other vermin, and also the pit where they would be tested against each other, other breeds, or sometimes other animals. They could make their families money through these skills and "earn their keep". These jobs helped shape the breed into what it is today.
They were bred to be quick and have the stamina to chase down all sorts of rodents, and then have the agility and strength to dispatch them quickly with as little injury to themselves as possible. In the pit they were required to be intelligent, physically impressive, and also have the endurance and will required to succeed. As well, these dogs had to be game, able to continue on in the face of extreme adversity and overcome it despite the odds.
However, despite their more grisly jobs, these were also house dogs, being raised among the more poor class in England they were members of the family, sharing a small house and growing up alongside children. They were not allowed to be aggressive with people and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier original standard made this clear as it stated they could be known for their affection to people, especially children. This was an early requirement as they were around their families all throughout their lives. As well, even during their different jobs, there were times when the owners handled the dogs or would reach in to take something from them or kill a rodent they were on to. The breed was trained early on to not snap at their owners even in the heat of battle.
We believe that an understanding of the breed's history is key to appreciating their strengths today. We are grateful for the all-around, capable dog we have received from the past and we do not try to water it down, or change it to fit a new mold. Despite it's past not being a pc one, it has given us today a dog that possesses incredible physical attributes, indomitable courage, and an amazing personality. We don't see any need to change that.