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Staffordshire Terrier Vs German Shepherd Appearance:

The Staffy is a medium-sized breed, growing up to 16 inches tall and weighing up to 38 pounds. They fall into the bully-breed category and look relatively similar to some of the other breeds that fall under this classification. They are shorter, powerful, more muscled dogs with a shorter muzzle and thick, powerful jaws. Their coats are always short with stiff hairs, and they come in a magnitude of colors from solids to patterned.

The German Shepherd would be more sleek and agile in comparison. In comparison, this breed is also a powerful one, but their muscles aren't as well defined as the Staffy's. The GSD has a long, narrow muzzle with a scissor-like bite. Their ears also stand erect on top of their head. They come in black and tan most prevalently, but there are other colors out there, like piebalds, solids, and sables. The GSD can be up to 26 inches tall and weight up to 88 pounds.

Staffordshire Terrier Vs German Shepherd Exercise Requirements And Grooming Requirements:

When it comes to exercise, the Staffy will have a lower demand for physical activity. They are normally sated with a play session and a long walk. On the other hand, the German Shepherd can vary depending on if they come from working lines or not, with working lines being more tireless. GSD's will need more opportunities for exercise, and it will need to be more rigorous activity. They also need an incredible amount of mental stimulation to keep them happy.

Grooming is another area where the Staffy will be far easier to manage than the GSD. They don't shed a whole lot and only require occasional brushing. In comparison, the GSD needs to be brushed a few times a week and almost daily when they blow their coats twice a year. And even with adequate brushing, you will still see a large amount of shedding with this breed.

Staffordshire Terrier Vs German Shepherd Life Expectancy And Health:

Where health is concerned, the Staffy is going to get good marks as well. As they are generally healthy, and they have a longer life span than a GSD. On average, a Staffy can live 14-16 years while a GSD's average lifespan is 7 to 10 years.

For health issues, the Staffy does have a few of them. The most well-known issues are thyroid problems, hip dysplasia, heart problems, skin porblems eye problems, and NCL with is a genetic disease that results in a decline or muscle coordination For the GSD you want to be on the lookout for hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Bloat, Degenerative Myelopathy, Hyperuricosuria, Multidrug Sensitivity, and Von Willebrand's Disease Type I. Blue colored GSDs can also suffer from Colour dilution alopecia which can cause hair loss.

Staffordshire Terrier Vs German Shepherd Temperament and Social Needs:

As we go forward with the rest of the video, it will be with the assumption that the dog has been given proper socialization and training from a young age. It will also be assumed that the dog is of correct temperament and disposition for its breed.

Staffy's are known to be confident, intelligent, good-natured, and are renowned for their personalities. The breed is a friendly one, and they make quick friends. Though even with their friendliness, this breed is loyal to its family. A well-breed Staffy should never be aggressive or unpredictable. This breed also has some pretty steep need for social interaction- they are definitely one of the canine world's extroverts.

GSD's are loyal to their core, and their bravery is the stuff of legends. They bond tightly to their families, though they tend to forge an unbreakable connection with one household member. This breed will give their lives for their people if the situation calls for it. The breed can accept other people, but generally, they can be somewhat aloof towards strangers. The GSD also needs a lot of social interaction, but from their people specifically. They live for their family and want to always be close to them.

Staffordshire Terrier Vs German Shepherd Intelligence And Trainability:

Both of these breeds are eager to please, which helps to make them both incredibly easy to train. But the GSD is a canine mastermind, and their intelligence can't go without mention. While both would be happy to learn whatever you want to try and teach them, the GSD is more versatile and can be employed in an incredible variety of tasks.

Staffordshire Terrier Vs German Shepherd Child, Small Animal, and Other Dog Friendliness:

The Saffy and the GSD are both Allstars around children. They love their whole families, even the little ones, as long as their energy is managed. These breeds can sometimes get too bent up and may get over-excited during play.

Both breeds can also be accepting of small animals. But again, as long as their energy is managed and they have had good socialization and proper introductions. Though GSDs can sometimes be great with one kind of small animal and then possibly fail around another and Staffies, have a high prey-drives, so special care must be taken.

As for these two breeds with other dogs, the GSD takes the cake. While given the proper foundation, both of these breeds can be great around other dogs. But, the Staffy does not like other dogs that attempt to disrespect or show superiority over it. And as they were bred to be fighting dogs initially, they will need clear and consistent direction from a young age to be safe with other canines.

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