Staffy stands for Staffordshire Bull Terrier, is the name of a breed of dogs of English origin that have been cataloged in group III by the FCI. These are animals with a robust and muscular body, slightly elongated but with short legs and also ears. It's a lovable dog, with a sociable and affectionate character, he is undoubtedly faithful and balanced, has no head shots and that is precisely why he goes well with children and in the family. His handsome physique makes him an excellent dog also for those who practice sports and hiking.
In general it is a dog which must be chosen by active and dynamic people because it needs to move. This is very important to know to avoid adopting or buying a dog that is not suitable for our lifestyle. The Staffy it is not a lazy dog and does not like lazy people, it does not attack them but it does not tolerate their inertia, it does not understand it.
Looking at its face you can guess it: the Staffy has a history that is intertwined with that of the Pitbull Terrier and with that of others Bull type terrier. Officially descended from Bull extinct and give British Terriers, dogs that were once used to fight against bulls and then for dog fights. Today, fortunately, they are no longer legal and the Staffy is often called to participate in competitions of a very different type, those of Agility.
The physique of this dog is undoubtedly sturdy but this does not make him not very agile and heavy. He is medium in size and very active and muscular, dare I say massive. The height at the withers must be between 35.5 and 40.5 centimeters, males are larger and must weigh between 12.7 and 17 kilos, females between 11 and 15.4 kilos.
His head is large, they affect the muscles of the jaw, particularly developed and which can also frighten as well as swollen cheeks, the eyes on the other hand are not very large and are often round. Depending on the color of the hair, which is always short, the eyes can have different shades although they usually tend to be dark. The nose is black and the ears come out not too big and rose-shaped, or half-upright. Moving towards the body we find a stocky, muscular and short neck, and a massive lumbar area while the chest is wide and deep, with well arched ribs. There Staffy tail it should never roll up or even be raised, as you go towards the end it becomes thinner but larger.
There are many possible colors for the cloak of this dog, we can find red, black, white or blue specimens but also brindle or fawn. It is also possible that the coat is two-tone, with white associated with one of these colors,
This breed is subject to several genetic and hereditary problems even if all in all he is a dog of good health. To stay healthy it is best to take him to the vet about twice a year to check that everything is going well. The most common diseases are hip dysplasia, typical of many large dogs, cataracts, respiratory problems and heat stroke.
Even if he is healthy, he never has to skip pesticide appointments, his average life span is about 12 years.
Excellent life partner for dynamic and active people, it Staffy he is also comfortable with the family and knows how to be with children in complete safety, indeed, he has a protective and at the same time playful attitude. It is a faithful dog and can be trusted, especially if it is trained from an early age and socialized.
They know how to be sweet and are also able to socialize with other dogs that they play with very willingly. Even when they become older dogs Gli Staffy they never lose their positivity and their will to live. To prevent him from becoming too exuberant a dog, in addition to a good education we can also provide him with an opportunity to let off steam by letting him do an activity such asAgility but also sports such as jogging, ball games or mountain excursions.
To raise a dog of this breed it is very important to look after both his body and his lively disposition. The part of the body to take care of the most is certainly the coat, even if it has short hair. Just brush it but do it often, at least once a week, washing it every two months so that it is shiny, so let's get a suitable latex brush.
As for his education, methods with positive reinforcement because the dog must link his progress with rewards and feel encouraged to follow our directions. In any case, it takes a lot of patience, especially if it is a puppy. As an adult, it will also be possible to teach him basic commands such as sitting down or being quiet.
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