The next Society Show will be the
On Sunday 6th November 2022
Being held at
Watford Woodside Leisure Centre
Garston, Watford, Herts WD25 7HH
Judges: Mrs. Judith Heller (Moonstruck) USA
Mrs. Gill Thomas (Sunnystone)
Schedules will be sent to all Society Members
If you are a Non-Member and would like to enter the show and require a schedule
please contact the Show Secretary. 07723 350331 or email email@example.com.
Schedules, Show Details & Online Entry is now available on Fosse data.
Mrs. Judith L. Heller USA (Moonstruck)
In 1978 I was very fortunate to be introduced to my first Staffordshire Bull Terrier. I was immediately impressed by the breed’s strength, courage and tenacity. Shortly after, I purchase my first Stafford in the United States and that was when my passion for Stafford's began.
I became interested in dog showing and performance sports and over the years I have stayed active showing in confirmation, obedience and rally, barn hunt, dock diving, Fast Cat and nose work. I have finished numerous AKC champions and have earned many performance sport titles. I’ve breed twenty- five AKC champions, with nine earning their championship titles from the bred by division and nine AKC Grand Champions. I am also an AKC breeder of Merit.
I am licensed by the American Kennel Club to judge Staffordshire Bull Terrier as well as American Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bull Terriers,
Mini Bull Terriers, Manchester Terriers, Toy Manchester Terriers and Rat Terriers.
I have judged Stafford's at numerous prestigious Specialty Shows in the United States such as Montgomery Terrier, Great Western Terrier, The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Regional Specialty at the AKC National Championship and was also judged the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Society of NSW, Australia.
I am currently the Vice President of the Potomac Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of America as Treasurer. I also served as Judges Education Committee Chair and currently I am still active on the Judges Education Committee for the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of America. I am always involved with rescue and active in the fight against Breed Specific Legislation
Mrs Gill Thomas (Sunnystone)
In 1970 I married in into a non-dog family and spent much time trying to persuade my husband a dog was a necessity, eventually he weakened when I showed him one tied up outside a post office in Newport that met his criteria. (Not too big or small, not fluffy or yappy and a man would not be ashamed to be seen out with it). “OK” he innocently said, “When we get settled you can get one of those!” it took ten years! In 1980 we went to see Roma & Eddie Williams and passed the third degree for Stafford ownership. “Staffofury Smiling Boy” out of “Angelstaff Lady Lolita” by “Frackalls Sugar Ray” arrived in 1981. I joined Mike Homan’s handling club in Tooting & the SCSBTS.
I became Secretary of the SCSBTS in 1983 and have been involved with the club in various capacities on and off over the years: currently as ex officio Health and Education Officer. I also served on the DSBTC as education officer and Assistant Secretary. I am President for the London & Home Counties Terrier Club where I have served as an officer for 20 years. In 1984 I purchased a bitch “Brindle Star of Scarthwaite” from Les Aspin, registering my affix “Sunnystone” in 1986 and was invited to judge for the first time in 1987. A few years later I had to withdraw from the show scene following brain surgery & subsequently the birth of my son. I returned in 1996 with “Penlea Princess of Sunnystone” a great granddaughter of “Sunnystone Marathon Man” & have remained active in Staffords and other breeds within the Terrier Group ever since. I have bred 5 dogs with SBNs and some delightful Staffords I did not show. My most beautiful girl “Sunnystone Steel Magnolia” just managed a RCC but her son “.Sunnystone Wizard of Oz” owned and campaigned by Tom Hehir became an Irish Champion. I have never been able to be more than a hobby breeder and exhibitor due to work, health and family commitments but have bred & owned some 10 generations in my time and have hopefully repaid the breed in some small way by my work on committees and handling clubs during the past 40 years.
Over the past couple of years I have been having fun showing “Sunnystone Limited Edition.” I truly appreciate the honour of being selected to judge for the SCSBTS.
So you are thinking about buying a Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Ask yourself if a Staffordshire Bull Terrier is the right breed for you and your family. Do you understand the true nature of the breed? Staffords are not the right breed for everyone, they can be strong willed. You need to know, warts and all, what you are letting yourself in for. Speak to experienced owners before you decide.
Breed Club secretaries will know of forth coming shows where you can meet Staffords and their owners. They may know planned litters from reputable breeders. They have first-hand experience with the breed so are a good source to answer questions about the breed’s health, temperament or anything Stafford related. Breed Clubs are found nationwide so there should be one fairly local. They should be the ‘first port of call’ for anyone looking for a Stafford puppy.
Buying a pedigree Stafford should not be done ‘on the cheap’ nor should it come from a bad breeder no matter how sorry you feel for the pups. By buying there you’re condemning more pups to the same fate. If the breeders can’t sell they’ll think twice before breeding again. By going to a responsible Staffordshire Bull Terrier breeder you stand the best chance of getting a dog that will enjoy a happy and healthy life.
Beware of ads selling pups in local papers and on various dog selling sites on the internet, there are no background checks so any dodgy dealer can advertise there. Think carefully is you see any of this advertising:
Remember if something doesn’t seem right don’t be fooled to rush in and buy! Always give yourself time to think about making the right decision – a reputable breeder will not push you into having one of their pups. They will want to find out if you and their puppy will be well suited.
When you have found a litter consider these questions to ask the breeder before going to see them
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Health Information
L-2-HGA (L-2-hydroxyglutaric aciduria) in Staffordshire Bull Terriers affects the central nervous system, with clinical signs usually apparent between 6-12 months (although they can appear later). Symptoms include epileptic seizures, unsteady gait, tremors, muscle stiffness as a result of exercise or excitement and altered behaviour
HC (Hereditary Cataract) in Staffordshire Bull Terriers has been recognised as an inherited condition since the late 1970’s. Affected dogs develop cataracts in both eyes at an early age
PHPV (Persistent Hyperplastic Primary Vitreous) It is a congenital condition (present at birth). This means that if a puppy is born with PHPV it can be detected by ophthalmic screening from 6 weeks of age
PPSC (Posterior Polar Subcapsular Cataract) This type of cataract usually remains as a small, punctuate cataract and doesn’t usually lead to sight problems. It has been placed on schedule 3 of the BVA/KC/ISDS Eye Scheme because a number of Staffords that have been through the Scheme have been found to have this type of cataract. It cannot be detected through litter screening. The mode of inheritance is unknown and has a variable age of onset.
Eye Screening Clinics
Litters should ALWAYS be clinically eye screened prior to leaving home and it is imperative for new puppy buyers to be aware and make sure ALL DNA and clinical health tests are in place for ALL of the above conditions.
You can go to the Kennel Club’s website and check any KC registered dog’s health status although litter eye screening is not recorded there.
SBT Breed Standard