Are Staffies a good family pet?

Despite their reputation, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier can be the perfect family dog. These bundles of love and affection can be the perfect friend for children growing up as they could play all day or cuddle up and sleep totally depending on how you are

These dogs have been bred to be loyal and courageous to the bone and have never deviated from these core values. However, it’s their history that makes them a more difficult breed to raise. If you’re looking to get a Staffordshire Bull Terrier then take a read of the important questions we’ve answered for wannabe new Staffordshire Bull Terrier owners.

Are Staffies an aggressive breed?

The history of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier would lead you to believe that they are one of the most aggressive breeds alive right now. In the 19th century, they were bred by their owners for bull baiting, a blood sport putting dogs against bulls. With their shorty stocky stature and super strength jaw, they were the perfect dog. Nowadays this reputation is becoming diminished as they no longer have to fight other animals; their softer side is finally shown.

It is, in fact, their loyal and courageous personality that they gained from their history that makes them so affectionate to their owners and families. They crave love and attention from owners and relish in a loving and caring home as this love is reciprocated back.

Are Staffies good family dogs?

Their loyal and courageous personality gained from their history is what makes them so affectionate to their owners and families. When brought into a loving and caring home they’re more than willing to reciprocate that love. With so much love to give to their owners, they are always available for a cuddle, belly rub or playtime. They’re great at being with children gaining the nickname of the milkmaid or nanny dog due to their protective nature over young children.

Although these are great family dogs it’s advised that these dogs are taken in by experienced owners as they take a lot of care in their early years in order to be brought up correctly.

What toys should I get my Staffordshire Bull Terrier?

Due to their high energy personalities, Staffies love to play. Whether it’s fetching a ball for hours on end, chasing you around a garden or playing tug of war, Staffies will struggle to tire. Sadly the standard toy doesn’t last half as long for a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. As the breed was designed to fight bull’s their jaws are some of the most powerful in dogs kind and they need the toys to match.

Heavy duty and dense toys are the way forward for Staffies, they love to chew and pull as it’s in their nature to do so. So finding the most indestructible toys around is essential to keep your Staffordshire Bull Terrier occupied.

How much exercise do Staffies need?

Despite their muscular physique and energetic nature, the Staffordshire bull terrier is recommended to only need an hour of exercise a day. Despite having great stamina these guys love to cuddle as much as they do play so you can have the best of both worlds! If you need to give them extra exercise to tire them out or train them then any extra is welcomed.

How easy are Staffies to train?

Staffies are a highly intelligent breed and can be trained to do complex tricks if you are clear and consistent. Like many other breeds, they can be easily distracted by other moving objects, making it difficult to keep their attention to train them. In order to keep their attention during training, some owners will keep their Staffies on leads and/ or harnesses.

Best bed for a Staffordshire Bull Terrier

As Staffies are a small breed they normally attend to a nice cosy bed to tuck themselves into. At Raised by Humans, we have the perfect bed for Staffies. Our donut bed allows your Staffordshire Bull Terrier to curl up into their cosiest position whilst giving them and outer padded pillow for them to rest their head on to sleep or watch the world go by. To find out more check out our range of dog beds online.

By Raised By Humans