Staffordshire bull terriers are very similar to pit bulls. They are in the same family of dogs. However, they are both separately recognized breeds with slightly different characteristics.
Staffordshire bull terriers, or Staffies, should grow to about 14 to 16 inches in height and weigh 24 to 34 pounds, according to PBRC. They are quite stocky in build and have a big head with a powerful jaw.
They may look “mean,” but these dogs are actually very loving and clever. Like all dog breeds, though, they are not right for every family. The following 10 things should be noted by everyone thinking of adding a Staffy to their family.
It’s so important to learn about the types of dogs that might be good for your family, and you should always make sure to do your research before bringing any animal into your home.
It all depends on who is living in your home and what kind of lifestyle you want to lead.
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1. They Are Great With People
Staffies are great with people. They don’t get shy or aggressive around humans, and are generally very loyal and pleasant dogs when it comes to human beings.
2. They Don't Always Do Well With Other Dogs
According to Vet Street, the Staffordshire’s dog-fighting heritage predisposes them to not getting along with other canines.
If properly socialized as puppies, it’s entirely possible that they can get along with other dogs, but you certainly shouldn’t count on it, and should consider what is best for your household situation.
3. They Need A Ton Of Exercise
According to the American Kennel Club, Staffies really need to get their exercise, or else they will get destructive.
Their strong jaws need some good chew toys so that they don’t resort to furniture and shoes, and they definitely look forward to their daily playtime.
4. They're Nicknamed The 'Nanny Dog'
Staffies are so good with children that, in England, they are nicknamed the “nanny dog.” They’re classically known for being playful and gentle with children, according to Hill’s.
5. They Are Prone To Hip Dysplasia
Like other dogs of similar build, Staffordshire bull terriers are prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, according to the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of America.
Most purebreeds have some kind of health problem or another, and you should always do your research before looking to get any kind of purebreed.
If you’re going through a breeder and not adopting a dog that looks to be mainly Staffy, then that breeder should have documentation from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) or the University of Pennsylvania (PennHip) that both parents had good hips.
6. Grooming Them Is Easy
As far as dog grooming goes, a Staffy’s routine will be fairly simple and low maintenance.
Since they have a short coat, they only need to be bathed every three to four months, and brushed a few times a week just to keep shedding to a minimum, according to Vet Street.
7. They Need Homes More Often Than Many Other Breeds
The AKC officially recognized this terrier as a breed in 1974, which is relatively recent. This means that fewer people actively search for Staffies to adopt.
They are only ranked as the 82nd most popular dog breed, so many of them spend a lot of time in shelters. If you think that a Staffy is right for your family, definitely consider adoption!
8. They Can Scale A 6-Foot Fence
According to Your Purebred Puppy, these compact and strong animals can leap over a 6-foot-tall fence.
They also note that, if they are so motivated, they will probably be able to dig underneath one, too. If this concerns you about your own backyard and neighborhood, you may want to take that into consideration.
9. They Need Strong Trainers
According to the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of America, these dogs are very, very smart. That goes hand in hand with being a little bit stubborn and independent.
They can definitely be trained and learn many things, but they need a trainer that can keep their attention and be creative, as they aren’t going to blindly do as you say.
10. It's Not To Safe To Leave Them Alone Near Water
Since these dogs are so dense, it is difficult for them to stay afloat. Some may not even like to swim at all.
You should never leave your Staffy alone by an open body of water without a life jacket, as it’s possible he or she could drown. Please, keep an eye on these pups if they like to enjoy a swim in the summertime!
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