The Staffy is a relatively healthy breed, though, like with all purebred dog breeds, there are still some health risks. But, first, let’s start with a quick and straightforward life expectancy estimate before we jump into the nitty-gritty.
The Staffy is a pretty longlived breed, and you, on average, individuals of this breed tend to live 12-14 years.
And now for all of the health issues. Here are the most significant known health issues you should be aware of!
First, the Staffy can suffer from hip and elbow dysplasia. This is a condition where the dog’s joints are malformed, and they don’t fit into the socket as well as they should. Left untreated, this can lead to mobility issues for the dog. However, it should be noted that environmental factors can also cause both of these conditions. It is important to keep a close eye on young dogs when they are playing to make sure they aren’t being too rough or overexerting themselves to the point of doing damage.
Next up is Patellar Luxation. This is a condition where the dog’s knee cap moves away from the joint and can cause the part of the leg below the knee to shift to a very uncomfortable looking angel. This condition can be genetic and also environmental- so again, it is super important to keep an eye on younger dogs who have not finished growing to avoid issues like this.
The next big health concern with the Staffy is eye conditions. They can suffer from juvenile cataracts, which can compromise the dog’s site early on in life, posterior polar subcapsular cataracts, and Persistent Hyperplastic Primary Vitreous, or HPV. HPV is a genetic abnormality in the dog’s lens and, again, can cause compromised sight.
Staffies can also have some cardiac defects, though there isn’t one more prevalent condition in the breed than another. But, it is still vital to inquire about any heart evaluations and certificates from a breeder you are considering purchasing a puppy form.
This breed can also frequently suffer from skin allergies. Again, there isn’t one in particular that really plagues the breed, and there have been reports of mange, different kinds of dermatitis, and other similar conditions.
Last and probably one of the most troubling conditions the Staffy can be afflicted with is Hydroxyglutaric Aciduria or L-2-HGA. This is a severe genetic disorder in which the dog’s nervous system is affected. It can cause things like “wobbly” gaits, tremors, or stiffness in the muscles.