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Staffordshire Bull Terrier

StaffordshireBullTerrier

Friendly and Devoted

Affectionate, Friendly, Playful

Staffordshire Bull Terriers are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Staffordshire Bull Terriers, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and some can be quite irritating! Understanding her unique needs will help you keep her healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where she came, which health conditions are a risk to her and how to keep her feeling her best.

Breed Details

Height:Male: 18-19"; Female: 17-18" Weight: Male: 35-40 lb; Female 30-35 lb Lifespan:12-14 years

Size
3

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
1

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
3

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
3

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Grooming: She has low grooming needs. Brush her coat as needed, at least weekly.

Dental: Staffordshire Bull Terriers generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

Routine Care: She is well suited to apartment life as long as she is given daily walks and frequent play sessions. She has a strong chase instinct, so she needs to be leash walked and a fenced play area is a must. She can be sensitive to warm temperatures; avoid any prolonged exposure and be very alert to the signs of heat

She is happy and animated with a smile on her face. She can be tenacious and willful, but with a patient and confident leader she makes a loving and gentle family companion.

Positive Traits:

  • Sweet, playful, and friendly

  • Devoted, loyal, and protective

  • Good with children

  • Energetic, active, and athletic

  • Adaptable to a wide variety of living conditions

  • Confident, steady, and fearless

Negative Traits:

  • Must be properly socialized as a puppy to avoid aggression as an adult

  • Prone to boredom and separation anxiety when left alone and will find trouble

  • Needs daily exercise

  • May be territorial when it comes to cats and other dogs

  • Doesn’t do well in the heat

  • Is a bit “mouthy”—likes to carry and chew things

Whether you are considering adding a new Staffordshire Bull Terrier to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Staffordshire Bull Terrier will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Staffordshire Bull Terrier you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health issues a Staffordshire Bull Terrier could encounter:

Eye Problems

Cataracts

Distichiasis

Hip and Elbow Dysplasia

Joint Disease

Knee Problems

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier originated in England during the 19th century. They were initially used for bull and bear baiting and then for dog fighting. After those activities were banned, they became companion pets. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a small but powerful breed. They adore people, chewing, and playing. Their powerful jaws require a multitude of durable chew toys. The Staffordshire radiates energy and is enthusiastic in everything she does. They are highly affectionate and are content spending time with the family.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Staffordshire Bull Terrier shows signs of the following:

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

  • Cloudiness to eye lens

  • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

  • General reluctance to run or play

  • Drinks and urinates more, eats more, potbelly, poor haircoat

  • Any new or changing lumps or bumps

  • New or changing lumps or bumps, itchy or not

  • Pale gums, labored breathing, weakness, or sudden collapse

  • Coughing, especially at night or upon rising after sleeping, rapid breathing at rest

  • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

  • Dry, scaly, sometimes itchy hairless patches on face or paws

  • Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine

  • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

  • Loud breathing, tires easily at exercise

  • Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

  • Repetitive, compulsive whirling

  • Care

    Grooming: She has low grooming needs. Brush her coat as needed, at least weekly.

    Dental: Staffordshire Bull Terriers generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

    Routine Care: She is well suited to apartment life as long as she is given daily walks and frequent play sessions. She has a strong chase instinct, so she needs to be leash walked and a fenced play area is a must. She can be sensitive to warm temperatures; avoid any prolonged exposure and be very alert to the signs of heat

  • Characteristics

    She is happy and animated with a smile on her face. She can be tenacious and willful, but with a patient and confident leader she makes a loving and gentle family companion.

    Positive Traits:

    • Sweet, playful, and friendly

    • Devoted, loyal, and protective

    • Good with children

    • Energetic, active, and athletic

    • Adaptable to a wide variety of living conditions

    • Confident, steady, and fearless

    Negative Traits:

    • Must be properly socialized as a puppy to avoid aggression as an adult

    • Prone to boredom and separation anxiety when left alone and will find trouble

    • Needs daily exercise

    • May be territorial when it comes to cats and other dogs

    • Doesn’t do well in the heat

    • Is a bit “mouthy”—likes to carry and chew things

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Staffordshire Bull Terrier to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Staffordshire Bull Terrier will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Staffordshire Bull Terrier you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues a Staffordshire Bull Terrier could encounter:

    Eye Problems

    Cataracts

    Distichiasis

    Hip and Elbow Dysplasia

    Joint Disease

    Knee Problems

  • History

    The Staffordshire Bull Terrier originated in England during the 19th century. They were initially used for bull and bear baiting and then for dog fighting. After those activities were banned, they became companion pets. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a small but powerful breed. They adore people, chewing, and playing. Their powerful jaws require a multitude of durable chew toys. The Staffordshire radiates energy and is enthusiastic in everything she does. They are highly affectionate and are content spending time with the family.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Staffordshire Bull Terrier shows signs of the following:

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

    • General reluctance to run or play

    • Drinks and urinates more, eats more, potbelly, poor haircoat

    • Any new or changing lumps or bumps

    • New or changing lumps or bumps, itchy or not

    • Pale gums, labored breathing, weakness, or sudden collapse

    • Coughing, especially at night or upon rising after sleeping, rapid breathing at rest

    • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

    • Dry, scaly, sometimes itchy hairless patches on face or paws

    • Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine

    • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

    • Loud breathing, tires easily at exercise

    • Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

    • Repetitive, compulsive whirling

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