Staffordshire Bull Terrier
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Features of the breed
History of Origin
The American Staffordshire Terrier and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier came from the same lines. The original fist dog originated from mixing the old bulldog type with some of the old terrier types, probably the English smooth terrier. The result was aptly named the Bull and Terrier, later called the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. They came to America in the late 1800s, where they became known as the pit bull terrier, the American bull terrier, and even the Yankee terrier. Americans favored slightly larger dogs than the English preferred, and over time the two breeds drifted apart.
In 1936, the American Kennel Club recognized the Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed. The name was changed in 1972 to the American Staffordshire Terrier. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is extremely popular with people who want a fun and cheerful dog.
Appearance: height, weight, fur, color
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier gives an impression of great strength for its size, a well-built dog, muscular but agile and graceful. Adult males reach 46 cm at the withers and females 40 cm. Adult male dogs weigh up to 50 kg and females up to 45 cm. The dog has a short, stiff coat. The color is black, tiger, red, pale or tricolor.
Dogs are usually obedient and playful with their family. Staffordshire Bull Terrier is also typically friendly to strangers. They are generally very good with children. They are a protective breed and should be carefully introduced to new dogs. They are stubborn, tenacious, and fearless. Despite all their sternness, the most important thing in life for this breed is their family’s close attention.
Taking care of your pet’s short, stiff coat is surprisingly easy. What’s more, a good comb distributes sebum all over the coat to keep it healthy. If your dog gets into something particularly messy, a bath will probably be necessary. Otherwise, bathing can wait until the pet has a “doggy” smell. As with all breeds, your dog’s claws should be trimmed regularly, as claws that are too long can cause pain and cause problems for your dog when walking and running.
Early puppy socialization and training lessons are recommended for all breeds, but given the strong will, physical strength, and enthusiasm of the Staffie, they are essential. The breed’s intelligence and desire to please make training fun and easy. Even then, some behaviors, such as chewing and digging, can be difficult to deal with.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is prone to some diseases, namely:
- heart disease;
- cerebellar ataxia;
- kidney problems.
Feeding a dog of this breed is not a big deal – animals are noted for their excellent appetite. A healthy Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy should eat six times a day until it is three months old; at four months, it should eat four times a day, three meals a day at six months, and two meals a day after nine months. The scheme is made for a healthy dog. Cooked beef by-products, such as liver, heart, lungs, and kidneys, should also be added to the dog’s food. Once a week, these products can be given in the raw form. The owner must ensure that the dog has constant access to water.