Staffordshire Bull Terriers should be health tested prior to breeding and proof of health testing should be provided to puppy buyers. 

The OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) mission is to promote the health and welfare of companion animals through a reduction in the incidence of genetic disease. Test results should be published by breeders on this website. Recommended health testing will be different for every breed based on known issues/diseases specific to the breed. 

Staffords should have genetic testing done for the following conditions:

Degenerative Myelopathy

Hereditary Cataracts

L-2-Hydroxyglutaric Aciduria (Staffordshire Bull Terrier Type)


CHIC – The OFA created the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) by partnering with participating parent clubs to research and maintain information on the health issues prevalent in specific breeds. We’ve established a recommended protocol for breed-specific health screenings. Dogs tested in accordance with that protocol are recognized with a CHIC number and certification.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club is the parent club for our breed and the recommended health testing can be found here. Dogs who have testing completed and submitted to the OFA, as recommended by the parent club will be issued a CHIC#.