My favourite breed to photograph -Staffordshire Bull Terrier

  • The SBT should not be left to live outside. He’s a companion dog and thrives in the presence of his family.
  • Because he may be aggressive toward unknown dogs, a Stafford should never be walked off leash.
  • Staffords are highly intelligent, but they are also freethinkers who like to do things their own way. They need firm, patient, consistent training.
  • Staffordshire Bull Terriers are energetic dogs who need a vigorous walk or play session daily.
  • SBTs enjoy their comforts and will readily join you on the sofa or bed if allowed.
  • Staffords shed little, although they may have a heavy shed once a year. They require weekly brushing to remove dead hair and keep their coat shiny.
  • The Stafford needs early socialization, especially if you want him to be friendly toward other animals.
  • The SBT is not recommended for a timid or first-time owner. This breed needs a confident trainer who is consistent and firm but also loving.
  • Staffords love to chew, especially during puppyhood. Provide them with tough, durable toys.
  • Like all terriers, Staffords are diggers. Reinforce the bottom of fences with concrete or chicken wire so they can’t dig beneath them.
  • Staffordshire Bull Terriers can do well in apartments if they are properly exercised, but ideal living quarters include a fenced yard where they can play.
  • Staffordshire Bull Terriers do not handle heat very well and need to be monitored on hot days to ensure that they don’t overheat.
  • Staffords love children, but despite their nickname of “nanny dog,” they should not double as a baby-sitter. Always supervise interactions between children and dogs.
  • If properly socialized and raised with them, Staffordshire Bull Terriers can do well with other dogs and animals. It is important to understand that some Staffordshire Bull Terriers will never do well with other animals and may need to live in single animal homes.
  • Staffordshire Bull Terriers have a strong prey drive which will send them after small animals around your neighborhood including cats.
  • Staffordshire Bull Terriers have a high pain threshold and can become injured without any outward sign, such as whining.
  • The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a restricted or banned breed in many cities and the number of cities restricting the breed is rising. It is important to research your city’s dog by-laws to avoid the unnecessary seizure and destruction of your dog.
  • Staffordshire Bull Terriers are extremely mouthy as puppies and can be destructive if not closely supervised.
  • Staffordshire Bull Terriers are protective of family members, but they are not too concerned about property. They are more likely to welcome burglars than to guard the silver.
  • Never buy a Stafford from a puppy mill, a pet store, or a breeder who doesn’t provide health clearances or guarantees. Look for a reputable breeder who tests her breeding dogs to make sure they’re free of genetic diseases that they might pass onto the puppies and who breeds for sound temperaments.Staffy Photographer