Southern Counties SBT Society

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Founded 1937

Welcome to the 

Southern Counties Staffordshire Bull Terrier Society website.

On this site you will find information on upcoming shows and events that the Society 

is holding and links to other clubs.

You will also find results from recent shows, seminars and health issues.

The next Society Show will be the

Championship Show

On Sunday 6th November 2022

Being held at

Watford Woodside Leisure Centre

Horseshoe Lane

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

Schedules, Show Details & Online Entry is now available on Fosse data.

Judges Resume

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

Judges Resume

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.

  • can you afford to have a dog, taking into account not only the initial cost of purchasing the dog, but also the on-going expenses such as food, veterinary fees and canine insurance?
  • can you make a lifelong commitment to a dog? Average life span of a Stafford is 12 years.
  • is your home big enough to house a Stafford? Is your garden totally secure?
  • do you have time to exercise a dog every day? Staffords can become very naughty and destructive if they get bored or feel they aren’t getting the time they deserve. They’re a very people orientated breed and love human company.
  • how long will the dog be left at home alone? Staffords get lonely just like humans.
  • will you find time to train, groom and generally care for a Stafford? Staffords are a very clever breed but need lots of time and consistent training from puppyhood to adult to help them become well-adjusted and better behaved individuals.
  • will you be able to answer YES to these questions every day of the year? Only you can answer that but please think hard before you make your mind up.

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:

  • rare blue – with more than 75% of all SBT pups registered now being blue they are clearly not rare. As blue is a genetic dilute in SBTs (it is really a washed out brindle) no reputable breeder will breed ‘blue’ to ‘blue’ as it affects the genetic diversity of the colours in the breed
  • Red Nose Staffy, Long Legged Staffy – there is only one Kennel Club registered Stafford and that is the ‘Staffordshire Bull Terrier’, the other colourful names are given to various cross breeds. You can find the Breed Standard for the Staffordshire Bull Terrier here:
  • rare Merle – the Merle is not genetically possible in this breed nor has it ever ever been. There is no option to have pups of this colour registered. So if you see a merle coloured Stafford ask yourself how did they manage that?
  • blue Champion stud dog – currently there has never been a blue Champion (dog or bitch) in the UK.
  • father sired 200 litters – this just means that the dog has been used at stud a lot……..another sales pitch.
  • £900 for one colour, £1200 for the ‘rare’ coloured puppies in the same litter – a reputable breeder will sell all pups at the same price regardless of colour or sex. For a well reared DNA clear and clinically health tested Stafford puppy the average price is around £1200 - £1500.
  • ‘can deliver’ - before getting your pup you should have had the opportunity to visit first and see the litter in their home environment with their mother.
  • don’t go for one that’s a bargain and/or dropped price because it is the last one left or the breeder has a holiday booked in a few days – that’s not the attitude of someone who cares about their puppies and where they go. Could they have also cut corners with rearing the litter?

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

  • are the puppies Kennel Club registered? You have no way of verifying if they are purebred if not
  • are both parents tested/hereditarily clear for L2-HGA? Don’t buy if untested
  • are both parents hereditarily clear for HC? Don’t buy if untested
  • are both parents clinically tested unaffected for PHPV/PPSC? Don’t buy if untested
  • will the litter be clinically eye screened for PHPV? Don’t buy if untested
  • are the puppies micro-chipped? From 2016 all dogs in the UK legally must be micro-chipped by the breeder
  • have they been wormed regularly? if infested they won’t thrive.
  • what are the parent’s temperaments like? Stafford temperament should be reliable; not human aggressive nor timid/nervous.
  • has the litter been reared inside? Pups should be socialised with all the hustle and bustle of family life, they get used to being handled from an early age.
  • will they have a contract? This is a legally binding document that you and the breeder sign if you both agree to the sale of the pup. Good breeders state that if you can’t keep the dog/bitch it is to be returned to them
  • are there any endorsements on the puppy? Two endorsements can be placed 1. Export pedigree not allowed – this is to stop a dog being sold on abroad for showing/breeding purposes. 2. Progeny not eligible for registration - this means you can’t breed from your dog unless the breeder lifts the endorsement. Neither of these endorsements are a bad thing, in fact many reputable breeders use them but should be able to explain their reasoning to you
  • does the breeder have all the paper work available to see? The breeder should show you the paper work and explain about health testing, the contract, endorsements placed and why when you visit
  • tell the breeder about yourself, if you’ve had a dog before, if you want a family pet or have showing or agility aspirations. It will give the breeder an idea of what you’re looking for in your pup i.e. a lively character would be more suited to an agility home where the quieter litter mate would be ideal for a young family.
  • expect questions to be asked, it’s only natural that the right homes are being sought by the breeder, just like you want the right pup. 
  • When you first meet the litter, you may be met by a rabble of over enthusiastic little characters with sharp teeth, fighting for attention and dangling off your clothes. Or they may have just been fed and are now a pile of sleepyheads that refuse to wake up. What you need to look out for: see them with their mother. If dad doesn’t live there, which is likely, ask for a photo and health information
    • plump pups with clean, shiny coats, free from dirt, dandruff, fleas and not patchy.
    • If they’re awake then bright, clear, alert eyes. Pups may get ‘sleep’ in their eyes when they have just woken up but shouldn’t have any green discharge or weepy eyes.
    • clean ears that don’t smell. Pups that have been kept in a clean environment shouldn’t suffer from dirty or infected ears.
    • check there is no mess or wet underneath or down back legs as this could indicate runny stools and possibly underlying illness, disease or a case of worms.
    • is the bedding and play area clean with plenty of natural light? Bedding should be changed regularly; pups shouldn’t be playing in yesterday’s mess.
    • Pups won’t thrive if living in filth or with parasites. If you buy from someone that would keep them like that you are condoning their actions; buying a pup from them will condemn more pups to be bred in those awful conditions and the bitch to be used as a money making machine
    • At this stage when you go to visit pups you should ask to see documentary evidence of Kennel Club registration and health certificates – it is the opportunity for you to talk this through with the breeder. Don’t take any excuses for breeding stock not having known status for HC, L-2-HGA, PHPV and PPSC – all reputable breeders will do these tests as a minimum
    • When you pick your puppy up, he/she should leave the breeder with:signed Kennel Club registration document which you complete and post or register online with the KC to transfer the pup to your name