The Staffordshire Bull Terrier can be kept in an apartment as long as she gets plenty of long walks. She should always be on a leash and in control when in public. This breed has dog fighting in her history and will pick a fight. She can be ok with dogs and other pets in the family as long as she has been extensively socialized as a puppy. Some say that this dog loves children and many people swear they make intelligent, protective family dogs. They have been called the Nanny dog because of their affinity to children.
As a reminder, never leave a child unsupervised with a puppy or dog. *Approximate Adult Size. The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the male Staffordshire Bull Terrier is 14 to 16 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and 25 to 38 pounds. The female ranges from 13 to 15 inches to the withers and 23 to 35 pounds. *Special Health Considerations. Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is no exception.
Be on the look out for cataracts, breathing problems and overheating. This disease list is an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list. She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots.
Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets. *Grooming. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier has a close to the skin, smooth and short coat. This easy to care for coat should be brushed regularly. Brushing will help her maintain a clean and healthy coat, help you keep a closer eye on her health and strengthen your emotional bond with her.
Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease.
Her toenails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet. *Life Span. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier can live between 12 and 14 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions. *History.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier comes from Great Britain where they were used for bull baiting and dog fighting. They were first registered by the American Kennel Association in 1974. Some Registries: * Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of America *UKC United Kennel Club *NKC National Kennel Club *CKC Continental Kennel Club *APRI Americas Pet Registry Inc. *AKC American Kennel Club *FCI Federation Cynologique Internationale *NZKC New Zealand Kennel Club *KCGB = Kennel Club of Great Britain *ANKC = Australian National Kennel Club *ACR = American Canine Registry Litter Size: 4 to 6 Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppies Category: Terrier, Mastiff Terms To Describe: Great strength, muscular, courage, intelligence, tenacity, quiet, affectionate, loves children, *SPECIAL GOOD POINTS Makes a good watch dog.
Makes a good guard dog. Has no fear. *SPECIAL BAD POINTS Likes to fight other dogs. Needs an experienced owner.
They are serious chewers when young. *Other Names Known By: Bull and Terrier, Nanny Dog, Staffie *Every dog is an individual so not everything in this information may be correct for your dog. This information is meant as a good faith guideline only.
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