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This is a list of suggested reading for Stafford enthusiasts. If you scroll to the bottom you will also see links to purchase the Interpretation and Illustration of the Written Breed Standards in all 3 available formats. Profit from the sales of these books goes to Staffordshire Bull Terrier rescues worldwide via The Stafford Knot, Inc. 501(c)(3) therefore is considered a donation.


The Staffordshire Bull Terrier – John Gordon

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier – Dieter Fleig

Staffordshire Bull Terriers – V.H. Pounds & Lillian V. Rant

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier In History & Sport – Mike Homan

Staffordshire Bull Terriers – Shaun Barker

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier – Interpretation & Illustration of the Written Breed Standard – Lynn Caswell, Jason Nicolai

The Writings of Norman Berry – (Rendorn) – Norman Berry, Robert Scotland, Lynn Caswell


Don’t Shoot The Dog – Karen Pryor

Good Owners, Great Dogs – Brian Kilcommons & Sarah Wilson

Before You Get Your Puppy – Dr. Ian Dunbar

After You Get Your Puppy – Dr. Ian Dunbar

Perfect Puppy in 7 Days – How to Start Your Puppy Off Right – Dr. Sophia Yin

Family Friendly Dog Training – A 6 Week Program – Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D. & Aimee Moore

The Puppy Primer – Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D.

Bones Would Rain From The Sky – Deepening Our Relationships With Dogs – Suzanne Clothier

My Smart Puppy – Brian Kilcommons & Sarah Wilson

When Pigs Fly, Training Success with Impossible Dogs   Jane Killion

Metro Dog – A Guide To Raising Your Dog in the City – Brian Kilcommons & Sarah Wilson

What All Good Dogs Should Know – Volhard & Bartlett

The Other End of the Leash – Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs – Patricia B. McConnell

How To Raise A Puppy You Can Live With – Clarice Rutherford & David H. Neil

Natural Dog Training, Working From the Dogs Point of View – Kevin Behan

Finding a Balance – Suzanne Clothier

Body Posture & Emotions – Suzzanne Clothier

Understanding & Teaching Self Control – Suzanne Clothier

The Seven C’s, A Guide to Training & Relationships – Suzanne Clothier

My Dog Pulls, What Do I Do? – Turid Rugaas

Feisty Fido, Help For the Leash Aggressive Dog – Patricia B. McConnell, PhD & Laren B. London, PhD


The Show Stafford – Alan Mitchell

Click To Win – Karen Pryor

Born To Win, Breed to Succeed  Patricia Craige (Trotter)

The Winning Edge, Show Ring Secrets,   George Alston w/Connie Vanacore

The New Complete Junior Showmanship Handbook – Marsha Hall Brown & Bethny Hall Mason

The Simple Guide to Showing Your Dog – Richard G. Beauchamp

Show Me!, A Dog Showing Primer – D. Caroline Coile


The Book Of The Bitch – A Complete Guide to Understanding and Caring For Bitches – J.M. Evans & Kay White

Canine Reproduction, The Breeder’s Guide   Phyllis A Holst, MS, DVM

Canine Reproduction and Neonatology, Martina L Greer, DVM, JD

A practical guide for Veterinarians, Veterinary Staff and Breeders

Homeopathic Care For Cats & Dogs – Don Hamilton, DVM

The Holistic Guide For a Healthy Dog – Wendy Volhard & Kerry Brown, DVM

Work Wonders – Feed Your Dog Raw Meaty Bones – Tom Lonsdale

Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural health For Dogs & Cats – Richard H. Pitcairn, DVM, PhD & Susan Hubble Pitcairn

Natural Remedies For Dogs & Cats – C.J. Puotinen

Raw Dog Food, Make It Easy For You & Your Dog! – Carina Beth MacDonald

Stop The Shots – John Clifton

Getting In T-Touch With Your Dog – Linda Tellington-Jones

Well Connected Dog – A Guide To Canine Acupressure – Nancy Zidonis & Amy Snow

The Natural Health Bible For Dogs & Cats – Shawn Messonnier

The Nature of Animal Healing – Martin Goldstein, DVM

Homeopathy – Beyond Flat Earth – An Introduction – Timothy R. Dooley, N.D., M.D.


The Dog In British Poetry – R. Maynard Leonard

To Your Dog & To My Dog – Lincoln Newton Kinnicutt (1913)

The Terrible Tale of Tiggy Two – Celia Lucas

Laurel, Everyone’s Best Friend – Steve Moore

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Interpretation & Illustration of the Written Breed Standard
A Comparative Discussion – UK & USA

Now available in three formats:

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All profit (after publishers cut) is donated to The Stafford Knot, Inc. SBT Rescue Fund which assists Stafford rescues worldwide. TSK, Inc. is a 501c3.

Beautifully illustrated by Maurizio Molinari, these books will be highly collectible – Purchase directly from the publisher – worldwide shipping available.

About the Books

Most kennel clubs around the world follow the official (UK) Kennel Club breed standard or they have simply adopted the Kennel Club standard verbatim, and they call it their own. The original AKC (US) breed standard was a direct adoption of the UK standard at that time, but it was later significantly changed. The current AKC version differs in the order in which the “components” are discussed and also in a few passages that are unique to the AKC version. This presentation will follow the sequence of the Kennel Club breed standard and will make mention of the differences in language and descriptions of “ideal” noting extensions, omissions, and discrepancies where then they occur within the AKC standard.

The Stafford Knot, Inc is a non profit organization made up of volunteers from around the world. The Stafford Knot, Inc. promotes health testing in the breed, provides educational materials including a free online magazine and benefits Stafford rescue worldwide. While we may not all agree on everything written inside of this book, we can all agree that the more information provided about pure breed dogs the better. This book is a conglomeration of materials which are credited on the last page of the book. 

Thank you to all volunteers, writers, photographers and contributors.

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