Dog Facts

Staffordshire Standards

Due to it’s breeding, the dog has been known for its courage, high intelligence and tenacity. With this and its affection towards its friends, children in particular it’s off –duty quietness and trustworthy stability makes them an all-purpose dog. It has been known to have been said that: “NO breed is more loving with its family then the Staffordshire Bull Terrier” In fact back in 1996 a report was researched and published by Southhampton University stating that the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was in the top 10 breeds most suitable for families and especially children.

 

Appearence

The Staffy is a medium sized, stocky, muscular dog and has athletic ability. They have a broad head, a relatively short foreface, dark round eyes with a wide mouth that has clean scissor-like bite. (top incisors slightly overlap the bottom incisors). The ears are small with cheek muscles very pronounced. Their lips show no looseness and they hardly drool. From above the head is kind of resembles a triangle. The head tapers down to a strong muscled neck and shoulders placed on squarely spaced forelimbs. Their tail is like an old pump handle.

 

Coat Colour

Staffies can come in any solid colour except liver. There is red, fawn, white, black and blue or with any of these colours with white (known as a pied). Any shade of brindle or any shade of brindle with white.

 

Size

Dogs: 12.7 to 17kg

Dam: 11 to 15kg

With height 35.5cm to 40.6cm

 

Care and Grooming

Their coat is easily maintained by a light brushing and occasional bath due to their short coat. Training and discipline is recommended right from an early age.

 

Health

HC (Hereditary Cataract) in Staffordshire Bull Terriers has been recognized as an inherited condition since the late 1970’s. The affected dogs delevop cataracts in both eyes at an early age. Because the condition is not congenital, the lenses appear normal at birth but cataracts appear at a few weeks to month of age, progressing to total blindness by 2-3 years old.

 

L2-HGA (L2-hydroxyglutaric aciduria) in Staffordshire Bull Terriers is a neurometabolic disorder characterized by elevated levels of L2-hydroxyglutaric acid in urine, plasma and cerebrospinal fluid. This disorder affects the central nervous system, with clinical signs usually apparent between 6 months to 1 year (although they can also appear later). Symptoms are epileptic seizures, wobbly gait, tremors and muscle stiffness as a result of exercise or excitement and altered behavior.

 

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