Species group: Terrier Group dogs
Other name(s): Staffie; Staffy; SBT
The rise of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is not an unmixed blessing to dog owners. This powerful dog, developed first for bear and bull baiting and later for dog fighting, can become a dangerous animal in the wrong hands. The strong jaws mean that this dog can maim and kill other pets and even vulnerable humans. Resembling a small Pit Bull and often mistaken for one, the Staffy is one of those breeds that can cause your insurer to cancel your homeowner's or your liability coverage. If you do not have the knowledge to properly train a powerful dog or the time to channel its energy in a positive direction, you would probably be wise to choose a different breed. This is a dog for experienced owners who know what they're doing.
Appearance / health:
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is powerful and muscular with a broad head and extremely strong jaws. Its muzzle is short with prominent cheek muscles. It has a clearly defined stop with round eyes that are brown. It has a black nose. The breed has a neck that is short and muscular. The Stafford’s front legs are spaced wide apart.
Staffords are low shedders, shedding once a year. The coat requires regular brushing to keep it in good condition. Brushing the dog's teeth with an appropriate toothpaste and brush helps to remove accumulated plaque and tartar and prevents cavities and periodontal disease. Toenails require regular clipping. These dogs are bathed occasionally as their coats lose dirt easily, dry quickly, and do not absorb odor.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier has great stamina. Exercise, play sessions with the family, and sports are necessary to keep the dog healthy and happy.
The breed is prone to hip dysplasia (abnormal development of the hip joint).
Behavior / temperament:
Staffords possess a strong hunting drive, and cannot be trusted off leash. Chewing is a habit with many dogs of this breed. They are not suitable for the first-time owner, as they can be difficult to control, if not trained properly. Their tough appearance is enough to deter any potential intruder though their loving, friendly temperament does not make them the best of watchdogs or guard dogs.
Staffords respond well to firm, consistent, and patient training. They are sensitive dogs that require sensitive handling by a dominant trainer. Early basic obedience training and socialization is necessary for this breed.
Staffords are not persistent barkers and do not bark without reason.
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I have owned 2 great Staffordshire bull terriers (Pitbulls) during my life. This dog does not have the greatest reputation due to high profile stories in the media in recent years. However, I have had nothing but the greatest experiences with my two dogs and I would recommend this breed to anyone who is considering the Staffordshire bull terrier. The reasons for my strong recommendations for this dog according to my experiences are as follows:
-perfect family dog/amazing with children
-easy to groom (virtually no grooming required)
-very sociable with people and other pets (I have kept my dogs together with cats with no problems what so ever)
-the cutest dogs ever
These are only a few of the reasons I love this breed. As I mentioned already this breed has an unfair reputation as an aggressive biter but this couldn't be farther from the truth. This dog is a gentle giant. I have owned many different dogs and the Staffordshire terrier is by the far the most stable of them all. My cats would even use my Staffordshire as a pillow to sleep on. I hope more people consider this dog as an option for a pet and the unfair reputation can slowly be turned around..
From Clarence Sep 18 2015 11:47PM
Great for certain cases of chronic vomiting
Two main underlying causes of gastroesophageal reflux are recent anesthesia and chronic vomiting, which can be caused by a number of different conditions like chronic gastritis or gastroenteritis, chronic pancreatitis, food allergies, lympangiectasia, parasites, inflammatory bowel disease etc. Dogs suffering from chronic gastritis and duodenitis, which aren't caused by allergens, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, acute and chronic pancreatitis and lymphangiectasia (if you use low fat i/d), liver disease, and dogs who don't have a particular diagnosis, but have a "sensitive stomach" will benefit the most from this diet. In cases of metabolic and endocrine diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney disease, food allergies, intestinal obstruction, foreign bodies, etc. this type of diet wont be much help, though it's always useful for your dog to eat something which is more digestible when they have GI problems. Foods which are easy to digest move faster through the GI tract and induce less acid production, thus helping the healing process, by reducing the acid production and further damage, as well as reducing the time GI tracts spends digesting food so it can have more time to heal. Hill's I/D and other commercial "gastro-intestinal" diets have been tailored according to research suggesting level of nutrients best for management of GI inflammation. Besides the composition of the diet there are few other factors which can be beneficial. Wet foods are better, and even better if they've been heated to 20-38°C. Also small and more frequent meals work better then just one big meal. .
From Vuk Ignjic DVM 161 days ago
The importance of socialization
As it is for us human beings, socializing in the early stages of our lives is extremely important for our growth and self esteem. The most important thing is to make sure that your puppy has had enough socialization and to ensure that it wasn’t taken away too soon from his litter. Often puppies, especially when for sale, are taken away from their mother and siblings way too soon. If this is not your case and your puppy was brought up following the right guidelines, make sure to provide him with the right amount of socialization time. One of the most effective ways to do so is to take him to a puppy day care. Here your puppy will be followed and looked after by a team of experts and dog trainers. Depending on the set up and environment of the day care, I recommend a minimum age of 3 months when you first bring your puppy to day care. Very important is to take it easy at the beginning: once or twice a week, for the first month at least, should be enough for your puppy, in order to give him time to adapt and get used to the day care. Most puppies will love it and they will learn from other dogs, with help of the trainers, with regard to how to behave, play and have fun. .
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