What you can expect from a Stafford
Staffords are NOT suitable for everyone!
So, if it's the first time you considering living with this breed please read on to see if they are a good fit for you and your lifestyle!
A Staffords IS:
- An inside dog. If you leave them outside for a long time, they will find something to do and that is usually considered 'naughty'. They can live in an apartment if walked regularly.
- Crave attention. And can be jealous of other dogs.
- Loyal to their people, providing they get the affection they desire.
- Terriers. That means they have guts and will retaliate if challenged.
- Medium size. Meaning 14-16 inches high.
- Affectionate and protective. A lively, affectionate and loyal family pet.
- Smooth coated, great strength for his size. Muscular,active and agile.
- Required Grooming is minimal. They love a good brush to remove dust and dead hair. Occasional bathing (when dirty). Keep ears clean. Nails short and teeth free from tartar (we use cow hooves). Shiny coat is directly a result of good nutrition.
- Able to live with other breeds if managed correctly.
- Need to respect a pecking order - most importantly the top positions of this hierarchy must be held by the family members (including children). Always be fair!
- Good with cats and other animals if introduced with caution.
- An exuberant, boisterous and welcoming host to all who visit.
- Fearless, yet some are sensitive to noise, such as storms
- Life expectancy is 10-15 years.
- Hard to detect when ill cause they are a robust breed with a high pain threshold.
- They don't care about your personal space.
A Stafford IS NOT:
- Just a dog in your backyard. If that's what you are after, this is definitely not the breed for you!
- They are not a macho dog. In fact, they are rather sensitive in nature.
- Not a natural guard dog. They will defend YOU, not your property or possessions.