Staffordshire Bull Terrier
As one of the most popular breeds around, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier,
or better known as the Staffy is a loving companion dog
who is easy to care for and super friendly.
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As one of the most popular breeds around, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or better known as the Staffy is a loving companion dog who is easy to care for and super friendly. With one of the best smiles in the business and a wonderful nature to match, it’s no surprise the Staffy is a common companion in many Australian homes.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Facts and Information
As a highly intelligent breed, Staffies can be a little stubborn to train at times and require a consistent and strong leader to take the lead. Because of this, they are not recommended for first-time dog owners. However, in the right home and from the right breeder; Staffies excel in training and also compete in many dog sports including agility. Early socialisation is very important with as many sights, sounds and experiences as possible. Enrolling in a good puppy-preschool is a wonderful way to introduce your wee pup to the world around him and also some basic training. Staffies are known to be jumpers and can jump to astonishing heights. It is important to train your Staffie not to jump for attention, and always install high fences to keep your pup safe. Puppy preschool should be followed by basic obedience to ensure your precious dog is well -rained and exhibiting perfect manners. This is very important for the breed as they are commonly mistaken for banned breeds such as the Pit Bull Terrier. Making sure your dog is very behaved and well-trained is a great way to show off how wonderful this breed is.
The Staffy is an easy to care for, wash-and-go breed. Only needing the occasional bath, normally after rolling in something super smelly. They are minimal shedders and will only require a rub down with a rubber mitt once a week to keep the coat in good condition. Nail clipping should be commenced at puppyhood so your grown Staffy will be happy with this continuing experience. Also consider vet-proofing your pup by touching their feet, face, ears and mouth often.
Staffies love to run and play. A good hour run daily is needed to keep them healthy and happy. This can be one big run in an off-leash area or two 30min brisk walks. It’s important to not over exercise your dog particularly on hot days as they can easily succumb to breathing problems and heatstroke. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier loves to play and will quickly learn fun entertaining games that will stimulate their minds as well as their muscular frame. Being from the Terrier family they do have a very strong prey instinct, teaching your dog to walk nicely on a leash is important to guarantee you can correctly exercise your dog.
As an intelligent breed, if not correctly entertained and exercised your wee Staf will find lots of interesting games to play that may not necessarily make their owners happy. Being a Terrier breed they also love to dig. Understandably if your pup is bored, chances are you will find a hole as large as the moon in your backyard. Ensuring your take your dog for a good walk before you leave for the day, and also utilising clever boredom busting techniques and puzzle toys will help keep your lawn and shoes safe until you return for endless cuddles and smiles.
When sourced from a good breeder, socialised and trained correctly the Staffy makes an ideal family companion. They are wonderful family friends being very loyal and loving. Like with all breeds; it’s important to teach your children how to interact with your dog and teach your dog how to correctly play with children. All interactions need to be supervised. Staffies are well-known for getting along with other animals if socialised from puppy-hood.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is very family/owner orientated and will not take well to endless hours left alone outside. They love to be in your constant shadow and curled up at your feet. During the day it is important to have ample shade and cool zones for your dog as they can struggle in the heat. Also check fences regularly as being a terrier they do love to dig and jump. As they have short coats they will feel the cold more than double coated breeds. Many Staffy owners purchase coats and jumpers for their dogs to add extra warmth during bedtime.
It is very important to only source your new family member from a reputable breeding establishment, to ensure your puppy is healthy. Ask all the important questions about hereditary problems and ask to see mum and dad. Contact your local breed club and research your chosen breeder. Your breeder should have proof that they regularly test their dogs for genetic diseases and to ensure that the dogs they are breeding from have sound temperaments. It may take a little more time than a quick purchase, but it can save you and your family from unimaginable heartache and pain dealing with a sick puppy.