Staffweiler

50-110 lbs
17-24"
United States
American Staffordshire Terrier
Rottweiler
The Staffweiler is a hybrid breed that combines the traits of the Rottweiler and the American Staffordshire Terrier. He is a large breed that can weigh up to 130 pounds and stands around 25 to 27 inches tall. While this breed may look intimidating with his square shoulders, heavy head, and intense eyes, the Staffweiler is a very affectionate and loyal breed. His short, smooth coat lies close to the body and comes in a number of different colors such as the classic black with brown accents or white with accents such as brown, black, blue, or brindle. Regardless of the coat color, the Staffweiler's almond shaped eyes will always be either a dark brown or a hazel (rarely).  The ears are large triangles that are either folded neatly into flaps, or stand erect and sharp; made ever more so when the dog becomes alert. When it comes to personality, the Staffweiler is a very sweet and loving breed when it comes to his family. What makes him a great guard dog, however, is his reservation and speculation towards strangers. Just keep in mind that in order to keep this natural protective nature in a productive zone, early socialization and training are key. If left unchecked, this personality can develop into something undesirable based on the reputation that both the American Staffordshire and the Rottweiler have earned when it comes to protecting their humans. The Staffweiler is a people's dog and does well with children as long as they are older and supervision is present. He may get a bit testy with younger children who like to poke and prod him, but this breed is very affectionate and, with good training, will be unlikely to show any aggression.
Purpose
Work and Companion Animal
Date of Origin
2000's
Ancestry
American Staffordshire Terrier and Rottweiler

Staffweiler Health

Average Size
Male Staffweiler size stats
Height: 19-26 inches Weight: 60-120 lbs
Female Staffweiler size stats
Height: 17-24 inches Weight: 50-110 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Demodicosis
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Subaortic Stenosis
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Deafness
  • Histiocytosis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Cervical Vertebral Instability
  • Hyperadrenocorticism
  • Neuroaxonal Dystrophy
  • Eye disorders and disease
  • Kidney Disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hemivertebra
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus
Occasional Tests
  • Up:Uc Ratio For Kidney Function
  • Eye Examinations
  • Full Physical Examination
  • Hearing and Ear Tests
  • Hip and Elbow X-rays

Staffweiler Breed History

The Staffweiler is a fairly new hybrid that was created in the United States, sometime during the early 2000's. Because of his limited amount of time in the world, this breed hasn't had a very detailed origin story figured out yet. Therefore, we must take a look at the parent breeds (the American Staffordshire Terrier and Rottweiler) in order to understand the purpose of the Staffweiler and what his ancestry is like. Starting with the American Staffordshire Terrier, also known as the Am staff, we discover an interesting fact; this breed and the American Pit Bull Terrier have very similar beginnings. Created through combining the Bulldog and Terrier breeds, the Am Staff was used primarily as entertainment during the 19th and 20th century when dog fighting was legal, and popular in the United States. This was a terrible tradition as it caused the dogs to become extremely aggressive and abuse further encouraged terrible behavioral traits. While the Am Staff was used in such entertainment circles, it seems as though the Pit Bull took the brunt of the problems as that breed is not even registered by the American Kennel Club, while the Am staff is (starting in 1936). These breeds were not all bad, despite what people tried to make them be. The Am Staff and Pit Bull alike were also used by families as farm dogs and guardians who were excellent ratters and defenders against animals such as bears and wild pigs. Their fearlessness and bravery made them perfect for this job.  Today, the Am Staff is still a working dog, but he is primarily seen in shows and as a family companion. The Rottweiler was originally created by the Romans many, many years ago. These people were working men and woman who needed strong and dependable dogs to work alongside them. Using dogs that they already had (these are relatively unknown) to help with herding cattle, the Romans combined the breeds with local dogs in the town of Rottweil in Europe. Obviously, this is where the Rottweiler gets his name and the result of such a combo was a strong and loyal dog breed that helped with driving the cattle to market as well as protecting their humans from robbers on the way back from collecting a day's profit. As can be imagined, the Rottweiler was much loved for his affectionate, loyal, and hardworking personality. But once the time of modern machinery made it's way into people's lives, the need for strong dog's to pull carts and offer protection along the roads was no longer necessary and the breed almost went extinct. Thankfully, there were quite a few dog enthusiasts in Germany who weren't ready to see the breed go. They worked hard to restore the Rottweiler and eventually, people all over the world fell in love with the work ethic and affectionate personality of the breed. Now, these dogs are almost in the top 10 of the American Kennel Club's most popular and are primarily used as companion animals.

Staffweiler Breed Appearance

Thanks to the Rottweiler's genes, the Staffweiler has the potential to be a very large dog. At his largest, the male Staffweiler is 120 pounds and 26 inches high; females tend to be slightly smaller and have a significantly more feminine body structure. The head is large and heavy on the standard Staffweiler, with sturdy shoulders and a very athletic build. While not particularly agile, he he is a strong and quick breed. His coat is short and lies close to his body with a tendency to shed seasonally. Although his coloring can vary greatly, the typical color pattern is going to resemble some sort of solid background with accent colors, such as brown or white. The Staffweiler's ears are large and can be in either a folded over position or tall and erect on his head; the eyes complete his impressive appearance with a lovely almond shape and beautiful brown or hazel coloring.
Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Staffweiler eyes
Hazel
brown Staffweiler eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
blue Staffweiler nose
Blue
black Staffweiler nose
Black
brown Staffweiler nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Staffweiler coat
Brindle
white Staffweiler coat
White
blue Staffweiler coat
Blue
fawn Staffweiler coat
Fawn
brown Staffweiler coat
Brown
gray Staffweiler coat
Gray
black Staffweiler coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Staffweiler straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Staffweiler Breed Maintenance

This is a very low maintenance breed. Although his fur does shed often, he only needs to be brushed a couple of times per week to keep the fur shiny and clean. Bathing only needs to occur every once in a while, but it is very important to keep the ears of the Staffweiler clean. Frequent ear cleanings will prevent any foreign objects or trapped moisture to remain inside the ear canals; thus preventing any type of damage or irritation and decreasing the chance of infection. Trim the nails of your dog's feet around twice a month to keep the paws healthy and snag free. This will also help to lessen any chance of serious scratching should the dog jump up on anyone. Brush his teeth a few times per week.
Brushes for Staffweiler
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Staffweiler requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Staffweiler Temperament

Even though the Staffweiler is a large dog, be prepared for this big ball of love to follow you all over the house and even attempt to crawl into your lap from time to time. This sense of loyalty and strong affection for his people comes from both sides of his ancestry. It makes him the perfect breed for those who want a strong protector that is not aloof and actually enjoys spending time with his family. He is not a loud dog, but he will like to "talk" to you when excited or playful. The Staffweiler really does do well with children, but they need to be a bit older; perhaps around the ages of 7 and above. This just ensures that both the dog, and the children, are protected and have a good relationship with each other. If a family has younger children, it is important that the Staffweiler is raised with them and that the children have an excellent sense of respect for the large breed. Lots of poking and prodding will annoy anyone, and when it comes to bigger, stronger dogs it's best to leave that type of play out of the picture. Overall, if you are looking for a family oriented guard dog with an energetic and affectionate personality, than the Staffweiler may be for you. Just be aware of his strengths and weakness and all will be well.

Staffweiler Activity Requirements

The Staffweiler is going to need two very active and involved exercise sessions a day, with an hour of training or play time in between. His high energy typically stems from his love of work and if you can assign him some kind of job throughout the day, he is going to a be a very happy dog. An example of this would be pulling around a cart for yard work or perhaps giving the smaller children rides. If you go hiking, carrying a dog pack would also be an excellent example of a job. These types of activities will require some research and training to make sure they are performed well and safely, but they are a great way to give your Staffweiler a purpose and wear him out all at the same time! Due to his size and exercise needs, the Staffweiler isn't really suited for apartment life. He may do well for a short time, but typically this dog will need a larger home with a yard for his enjoyment.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
180 minutes

Staffweiler Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$2.75 - $3.00
Monthly Cost
$80.00 - $90.00

Staffweiler Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Staffweiler size stats at six months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 70 lbs
Female Staffweiler size stats at six months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 60 lbs
12 Months
Male Staffweiler size stats at 12 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 90 lbs
Female Staffweiler size stats at 12 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 80 lbs
18 Months
Male Staffweiler size stats at 18 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 110 lbs
Female Staffweiler size stats at 18 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 100 lbs

Staffweiler Owner Experiences

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Pastimes
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