Because of their boundless energy, boundless enthusiasm for life, and outgoing attitude, Staffies make wonderful pets. They require adequate training beginning when they are still young; for training advice, check here.
If you buy your Staffie from a trustworthy source, you may be assured that all measures, including breeding and early checks, have been taken to eliminate the risk of any breed-specific genetic abnormalities, particularly those that affect the eyes.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is an extraordinarily hardy breed of dog that, in comparison to many other types of dogs, is much less likely to experience common health problems. Because of its short coat, not only is it simple to maintain, but it also makes it simple to spot any lesions, and the sheen of the coat is a clear and accurate sign of your dog’s general state of health.
General care for terriers has already appeared here in a previous post “Terrier Care”.
Some parts of the general advice are more relevant than others with Staffies:
- Worms and fleas as a pup: Keep a close eye on this. There shouldn’t be problems but Staff pups are prone to roll around on the grass, thereby picking them up from unclean areas, or run through and under bushes that can house mites and occasionally fleas left by other animals.
- Teeth: Cleaning teeth is important. It will not welcome by Staffordshire, so it’s a good idea to get them used to it as early as possible.
- Nails: Another part of the routine that Staffs will resist, so with our dog I have found that coupled with plenty of street walking, a small nail file on rough edges to help prevent splitting is so much easier than clippers.
- Exercise: A must for Staffs, and from about six months of age, they benefit from plenty of it. A half-hour stroll around a few streets per day will simply not be anything like enough, so something more rigorous is advisable.