Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breed Maintenance
Caring for the Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s coat is low maintenance. The short, glossy coat just needs a quick once a week brushing. Brushing your Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s coat will also help keep him clean of dirt and debris though his coat prevents most dirt from adhering to it. The smooth, short coat also means the hair will not absorb unpleasant odors and this dog is a clean, odor-free breed. When brushing the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, you should check and clean his ears of debris and wax buildup to prevent ear infections. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s nails grow fast so toenail clipping should be done regularly and regular teeth cleaning will help reduce the amount of bacteria and potential for gum and tooth disease. The Staffordshire is a very active dog that needs time to run around and play. However, be careful with rough play, especially when they are younger as they do have an increased risk of tibial fractures. A yard or dog park to run around in will keep this breed from bouncing off your furniture inside, though the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is very docile while indoors. If given enough time to exercise, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier will do well in an apartment and with urban living. To a Stafford, it doesn’t matter where he lives but that he’s with his people. As a people dog, this breed must have a lot of attention and doesn’t do well left alone or outside. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier will tolerate cold slightly better than it will heat and may overheat from exhaustive exercising on hot summer days. Be sure to always provide fresh, clean water for your Stafford. When it comes to feeding your Staffordshire Bull Terrier, this high energy dog needs 1.5 to 2.25 cups of food divided into two meals daily. The amount of food you feed your Stafford will depend on his activity level, age, and metabolism. Keep an eye on your Stafford’s nutritional needs and weight to prevent over or under feeding him.