Know your breed: Staffordshire Bull Terrier

A medium-sized dog, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier – or Staffie as most of us like to call them – is characterised by its stocky, muscular built, broad face, short snout and small ears. They can come in a range of colours, including red, fawn, brindle, black or blue, or any of these with a patch of white.

Males are slightly larger at 36cm-41cm from head to tail, while females range between 33cm and 38cm. Males are a

lso slightly heavier at 11kg – 17kg, while females are 10kg – 16kg.

Staffies have energy by the bucket load and are very playful animals that get along well with people, children and other pets. Be sure to keep an eye on them though as they are quite courageous and like a challenge, and will not think twice about jumping off great heights, injuring themselves.

At home
Because Staffords are so energetic, they are sometimes difficult to housebreak. They need strict rules and a firm owner to really keep them in check. Their large amount of energy also means that they require loads of exercise, which should consist of a jog or a walk at least once a day.

They will do okay in flats, if exercised enough, but really should live in a home with a yard for them to play in.

Their short hair makes grooming a breeze.

Staffords are prone to eye problems, like cataracts, and like most bull terrier breeds, they sometimes suffer from a bit of gas. But nothing too serious to worry about.

When it comes to life expectancy, your Staffie will be a part of your family for good 10 – 16 years

(Dog Breed Info, Wikipedia)

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