Featured Breed : Staffordshire Bull Terrier
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Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Life Span: 9 to 15 years

Litter Size: 5 to 10

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Size: The typical height of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier when measured at the shoulder can be between 14 to 16 inches and weight around 24 - 38 pounds.

Coat: The Staffie’s coat is sleek and it is easy to groom. Due to its short, smooth, and lying closely to its body, brushing them at least once is all it needs.

Character: The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, also known as Staffie, Stafford, Staffy or Staff is a highly intelligent and active animal. Known to be ferocious according to some press reports, they are a really affectionate breed, especially to children. With early training, they can be less vocal and more sociable to other dogs particularly with other household pets. They are very affectionate dogs.

Appearance: The Staffie is a medium-sized, stocky, and very muscular dog with strong athletic ability. They have broad head, defined muscles, a short foreface, dark round eyes, small ears, and a very noticeable check muscles. They have a wide mouth and scissor-like bite. Their lips are don’t display any looseness.

History: Mankind has been fascinated with bloodsports since time immemorial. From coursing, cockfighting, dog fighting, and the like, these types of activities have endured until now. Back in the 19th century England, when dog fighting was still common, dogs were used to tenderize the bull’s meat and provide entertainment. Then other animals, such as bears and bulls were used to fight with dogs. The early breeders used the early bulls and terrier to breed dogs for their “gameness” instead of companionship. These “first” breeds were the foundation for the various bull terrier breeds such as Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, and other similar breeds.
These activities were initially initiated by the royalties of England and Europe as a form of entertainment. Eventually, the activities were now being organized by commoners and middle-class families in Britain and America, which popularized this type of breed. Then in 1935, Britain introduces the animal welfare laws in 1835 that prohibits bloodsports such as dog fighting.
Today, this breed can be found in dog shows proudly being showcased by their owners. They can still be aggressive, but they can also be extremely loving and affectionate to their family.

Health Issues: Although the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is one tough dog, they suffer ailments that are common with other breeds They are usually prone to eye problems such as Hereditary Cataracts, Distichiasis, and Persistent Hyperplasit Primary Vitreous. They also suffer from a metabolic disorder called Hydroxyglutaric Acidura that causes them dementia.

Temperament: Since they were bred to be aggressive, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is known for their indomitable courage, highly intelligent, and tenacity. Together with its very affectionate nature and trustworthy stability makes them suitable for an all-purpose dog. Since they are naturally fond of people, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppies are very easy to house train.

Care: One of the things to consider when caring for a Staffordshire Bull Terrier is that you are the pack leader and not the dog. Establish this mental state early on in the dog’s life. If not, then they could easily exert their dominance over you. As for food, they are normally not picky with what they eat. But if you truly care for them, they need nutritious food with proper balance of nutrients and vitamins. Since they are an active dog, always keep them happy by giving them daily exercises, such as walking or running.

Training: The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is moderately easy to train. He learns new commands at the average rate. He is neither difficult nor easy to train.

Activity: The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a fast learner. Be consistent throughout their training. Since this an all-purpose dog, they need plenty of opportunities to run around and play. Ensure that they the environment they are in is safe to perform any activities.

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