All about your Staffordshire Bull Terrier
A well-bred Staffordshire Bull Terrier or “Staffy” is an asset to any owner as they are easy to train and love showing you their affection! They love being around people so make sure that you can dedicate enough time to them every day from regular walks to a cuddle on the couch. Both confident and intelligent, start training your Staffordshire Bull Terrier from an early age so they know who is boss.
The fur on a Staffy is short and close-lying so it is low maintenance. You shouldn’t need to bathe or shower a terrier too often and a brush once a week will suffice. Get your dog used to their grooming materials so they aren’t afraid of them.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers are very energetic dogs and should be exercised for at least an hour every day. Boredom can sometimes lead to erratic behaviour which in turn can sometimes be destructive. Staffies are energetic so it is important to make sure that you can keep up with the necessary lifestyle that accompanies that type of dog. Intelligent dogs require enough mental stimulation to ensure their happiness, so try and provide your pup with interactive toys that will keep them busy.
Your dog will need feeding two meals per day, once in the morning and then again in the evening. A larger Staffy will need up to 118g of food a day, whereas a smaller sized dog will only need 78g. It is up to you whether you feed your furry friend wet or dry food but feed them food that is high in protein to keep up with their energy levels.
Health problems occur in all breeds of dogs so is paramount that you should look out for issues that are common in Staffordshire Bull Terriers, so they can be treated as soon as possible. Go online to compare differing levels of dog insurance cover.
Cataracts are usually passed on through parents’ genes, and whilst studs should be tested before they are used to breed, sometimes eye problems are unavoidable. You can see if your dog carries the cataracts gene by sending a DNA sample to an approved lab for testing.
Another condition that can only be passed through lineage, L-2HGA is a disorder that can cause clumsiness, poor muscle coordination and balance issues in a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Again, the parents should be tested before they are allowed to breed but if your dog displays symptoms then it is important to seek advice from your vet. Many dogs live with the condition and are happy, but in worst case scenarios L-2HGA can result in seizures, leg cramp and nerve-related symptoms.
Staffies love food and are known to try and eat as much as possible. Make sure you keep an eye on how much you’re feeding your pet and don’t leave them unsupervised around easily reachable perishables as an overweight dog can develop serious health issues that can shorten their lifespan.
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