Staffordshire Bull TerrierCare

The smooth, short coat is wash-and-wear; a relatively minimal shedder.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is extremely courageous and obedient, highly intelligent and affectionate with a sense of humor. This, coupled with its affection for its friends, and children in particular, its off-duty quietness and trustworthy stability, makes it a foremost all-purpose dog. He looks forward to daily exercise, and his powerful jaws enjoy a supply of sturdy chew toys. While he is a sweet-tempered, affectionate dog, his strength and determination require an experienced owner who can work with him in a firm, but gentle way. The Staffie's coat is short and smooth, and needs only a quick brushing once a week.

nutrition &FEEDING

Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a medium breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.

coat &GROOMING

Beyond regular weekly grooming, an occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.

coat length Short
grooming Occasional Grooming

energy &EXERCISE

He looks forward to daily exercise, and his powerful jaws enjoy a supply of sturdy chew toys. While he is a sweet-tempered, affectionate dog, his strength and determination require an experienced owner who can work with him in a firm, but gentle way. Watch carefully to be sure that your Stafford doesn't become overheated during intense play in the summer months. If necessary, find the nearest source of cool water and soak your dog to lower its body temperature. They are extremely ʺoralʺ youngsters and need a safe alternative to furniture, children's toys, and clothing for their busy jaws. Staffords love to play tug-of-war and to roughhouse, but you must set the rules and you must be the boss.

energy level Some Exercise

Staffordshire Bull Terrier &HEALTH

Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like mild dysplasia, hereditary cataracts, cleft palate, and elongated soft palate do occur occasionally. Less frequently, cases of PRA (progressive retinal atrophy), deafness, demodectic manage, and distichiasis (inverted eyelashes that can irritate the cornea) have also been documented. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Staffordshire Bull Terriers are healthy dogs.

Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Staffy Bull can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.