news & events



Sunday Morning August 4th was sunny at Spruce Meadows, Alberta, where  thirty-five Staffords were presented to Judge Michael Yates.  We were proud of this showcase of our breed, and positive participation of all Stafford lovers.

The incredible organizers of the Specialty, Krista MacPherson and Terrina Maciborski, solicited friends and supporters from across Canada (and the UK) for the amazing gifts & gift baskets presented to the winners and all paricipants.  With the assistance of our Ring Steward, Paul Price, the show ran seamlessly and even the baby puppies behaved professionally (kind of).


But above all THANK YOU to Krista and Terrina for their commitment and effort to stage a stellar Specialty


And thank you to all our supporters, SBTCC members and dog lovers, for your belief in our breed.

The Specialty Catalogue is accessible here:

Best of Breed                    GCh Lackyle Bairille Dubailt
Best of Opposite Sex      Ch Hillside Harleen Quinzel
Best of Winners               Distaff Jezebel
Select Dog                         GCh Daydream Kissing Sixth Gear
Select Bitch                       GCh Distaff Bellissima
Award of Merit                Ch Absolute Dark Chocolate Caramel & Salt
Winners Dog                    Hillside Hugo Strange
Reserve Winners Dog    Weduh Night With Lucifer
Winners Bitch                   Distaff Jezebel
Best Veteran                      GChEx Wimaru's Faugh A Ballagh
Best Canadian Bred        GChEx Wimaru's Faugh A Ballagh
Best Bred by Exhibitor   GCh Distaff Bellissima
Best Stud Dog                   GCh Distaff Black Bart
Best Brood Bitch              GCh Distaff Bellissima
Best Brace                           GCh Distaff Blackbird
                                                GCh Distaff Black Bart
Best Baby Puppy               Hillside Martin Brody
Best of Breed (Altered)    GCh Hillside Charlotte Badger


Best in Speciality 

GCh Lackyle Bairille Dubailt

with Judge Michael Yates and Owner/Handler

Emily Burdon


                                           A NOTE FROM MICHAEL YATES

                                                          Judge of the 2009 Specialty
Sorry for the delay in writing to you.
 I would like to thank everyone involved in organizing and running your show.

I was truly honored to be selected as the judge for the 2019 National Specialty and would like to thank you for the wonderful gift you presented me.

They are a beautiful treasure that will remind me of your show for ever.
The Committee should be proud of the event and the wonderful trophy table.  The breeders, exhibitors and owner should also be very proud of the excellent quality of the breed that was on display at your national as well as their sportsmanship.
The quality of your dogs was excellent and they would be competitive anywhere in the world.
Again, thank you for your hospitality and the opportunity to judge your dogs.
Michael Yates


New BSL update!! 


On behalf of Banned Aid 2019, we are pleased to announce that MPP David PIccini is proposing a Bill to repeal the breed specific languagein the Dog Owners Liability Act.  The Bill will be tabled in the fall when the new legislative session begins. This has  been a long hard fight in Ontario but we are finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. Please sign the petition and share far and wide. We need as many Ontario signatures as possible. Please read through the information on the  End the Ban website. There is also a printable petition. Please print and get a many signatures as you can. Send them to David Piccini's office. Thank you to MPP David Piccini for meeting with us and hearing our voices. David is a dog lover himself and understands the injustice to the dog owners of Ontario. 
Now do a happy dance and get signing and sharing!

Thanks to Belle Severn for designing this plaque to commemorate the 2019 "Squibs Mercier Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of Canada National Specialty

In Memoriam

Sunday December 2nd, 2018 was a very sad day in the Staffordshire Bull Terrier world. We have lost a true matriarch of our breed. Squibs Mercier passed away early Sunday morning. Her family was with her. 


Squibs was 94. She got her first Stafford in 1932 when her father brought one home. She never lived a day with out one from that time on. A loyal Stafford person to the core, she never owned another breed. From England ,she knew all the forefathers of our breed, many personally. After coming to Canada she helped found the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of Canada 51 years ago and was still an active member. Squibs was also a 66 year member of the CKC and Ottawa Kennel Club. 

Other than her family, her life was the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Her house, which she named the Stafford Arms was like a museum of Stafford art she had collected through her life. Many meetings and good times have been at the Stafford Arms. 

Squib's true Stafford spirit, tuff as nails attitude, quick wit and die hard spirit for anything to to with her beloved breed weather fighting BSL or keeping the breed alive in the show ring through it all. There is not enough room here to tell you all what she has meant to us in Canada and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier community around the world. We are heart broken. To say that her huge presence will be missed is an understatement. 

Our hearts and thoughts go out to Squibs family at this sad time.


Service to be held Saturday December 8th at 10 am at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 153 Woodroffe Ave.Ottawa ON

The funeral and service went well and was well attended by family, friends and members of the dog community. Two Staffords were present to greet those attending at the church. Squibs would have been proud and honored by this. We have lost a huge part of our lives in her passing. Please hug your dogs in her memory.

                                                                              View Memorial

New and Noteworthy!

The Club has received permission from the CKC to permanently name our National Specialty Show the "Squibs Mercier Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of Canada's National Specialty Show" each year we have one.  This will be a lasting tribute to the lady who personified our breed.

Links of Interest

Canadian Kennel Club          

Canuck Dogs                          


A & E Collars                          

Puppy Viewer                        


Membership is for individuals who wish to participate in or be associated with the activities of the Club. Yearly dues of $25.00 are payable in CDN funds to the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of Canada (SBTCC) each year on January 1st.   We welcome inquiries.  

The membership application is here:


Payments can be made by cheque or etransfer to the

Club Secretary.


Mailing address:

Belle Severn, Secretary & Membership Chair

              7339 Fourth Line Road, RR#4

              Kemptville, ON  K0G 1J0

              613 489-3158

              FAX 613 489-3331