STAFFORSHIRE BULL TERRIER! Why Are They GOOD! Why Are They BAD!
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As I mentioned at the beginning of this video, the Staffy is an incredibly popular breed among many around the world. Many people look into getting a Staffy due to the common reputation of it being a very tough breed, however, are surprised when they find that the dog is actually a very sensitive and affectionate companion who loves to spend time playing with their family. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are wonderful family companions with their strong devotion to their owners, eagerness to please and love to play interactive games. In particular, this breed is very good with children due to its’ patient and gentle personality, but as with all dogs, you should always be there to supervise when your small children are playing with the pup. They are very spirited and energetic dogs that will fit in well to an active family that can give their pup lots of attention and playtime in order for them to release their high amounts of energy. Obviously, as with all dog breeds, you must socialise and train your pup properly from a young age in order to have a well-balanced dog that gets along with all. Socialisation is key if you are bringing your dog into a relatively busy household where there’s new people coming round or other animals. Although the Staffy’s loving personality is a very positive quality, this may be more of a con for you depending on your daily routine and lifestyle. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is an incredibly people-orientated dog breed and does not tolerate being left on their own and can even suffer from separation anxiety. Their sensitivity and strong devotion to their beloved human companions can cause this, so if you are looking for a dog that can be left alone then the Staffy is not going to be the breed for you. You can train your dog to be left alone for very short periods of time as long as you start this training from a young age. On the subject of training, with the Staffy you need to be prepared to start training them from day one. They need handling with a firm but fair hand and need plenty of socialisation since, as a breed, they have been known to be inherently wary of other dogs due to being originally bred to fight other dogs and can sometimes be aggressive if not properly trained and socialised. However, every dog is different in temperament and the more you socialise your pup from an early age with other dogs and strangers, the more confident and less wary they will be as they grow older. The Staffy is a small to medium size dog with a short and easy-care coat. The fur is smooth and short and lays close to the skin. Their coat sheds annually, but hair loss throughout the year is very minimal. Plus, dirt most often brushes out their coat easily and their fur dries very quickly after being in water. In order to remove any loose hair, it is recommended that you brush your Staffy at least once a week – this will reduce how much you find around the house! Overall, the Staffy is very low maintenance on the grooming front which could be exactly what you are looking for. Depending on how active you are in your daily life, the amount of exercise a Staffy needs could be either a pro or a con to you. They are a high-energy active breed that need a minimum of one hour of energetic exercise each day. The more exercise that you are able to give your Staffy, the more relaxed they will be in the home having released their energy on a long walk. They are impressively athletic dogs with a muscular build and have actually been known to easily jump tall fences without much effort at all. Being intelligent dogs they also need a lot of mental stimulation to prevent boredom which, as an owner, you will need to be able to provide. It is really important to make sure that before getting a pup that you know all the key facts, the pros and the cons regarding the breed you are looking at to make sure you are able to care for them in the way they need. Staffordshire Bull Terriers can be prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, bone disorders, cataracts, skin conditions and allergies. These are important to be aware of especially if you do not feel that as an owner you could care appropriately for your dog if they become subject to any major health issues. The Staffy is an incredible dog breed with plenty of love and devotion to their human companions along with a lively and active personality. However, it is important to consider both the pros and the cons to a breed before deciding if they are the pup for you.