Walk around any dog park and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is always easy to spot. Why? Because he’s the one bouncing up and down in front of you with a big happy grin on his face asking for a pat! The fun loving Staffie is definitely a ‘glass half full’ breed of dog.
Sadly, Staffies are a common sight in rescue shelters and dog pounds. Indiscriminate breeding and a ‘throwaway’ culture have left thousands of healthy and friendly Staffies in desperate need of loving, ‘forever’ homes. Read on to find out why Staffies make super companions and what you’ll need if you decide to adopt one…
Why a Staffie?
Staffies are real ‘people dogs‘ and suffer a great deal when they have to spend time in kennels without the love and affection of a home environment. If you choose a Staffie from a shelter or dog pound you will literally be saving that dog’s life as the fate of a large percentage of un-homed Staffies is to be put to sleep.
You may have met aggressive Staffies but this trait is normally down to the owner rather than the breed; any dog can be turned into a lethal weapon if unsocialised and taught to fear other people and dogs at a young age. Staffies are known to cause no more bites than German Shepherd dogs and yet they are banned in many parts of Europe.
An adult Staffie weighs in at between 11-15 kg so being smaller in size than popular breeds such as Retreivers, they cost a lot less to feed.
Look for a Staffie at a reputable re-homing charity where they will spend time matching you with a suitable individual for your family and home environment. Do your research beforehand and set aside lots of time in the early days for training and bonding. Whatever you invest in your new dog, you will get it back 100 fold in love and loyalty!
What you’ll need for your rescue Staffie
Congratulations on deciding to re-home a Staffie! To help ease your Staffie into his new life with your family you might want to consider buying some Dog Appeasing Pheromone products, particularly if he or she has a history of abuse or neglect.
Our D.A.P. collar produces a synthetic pheromone replicating the pheromones of a mother dog just after birth – your new dog will be taken back to a time he felt secure and happy, nestled against his mother and siblings.
Buying your dog a cosy bed and giving him his own corner of the house where he won’t be disturbed during naps is also a great way to help him settle.
For their size, Staffies can be pretty strong and eager to get where they’re going so most owners opt for harnesses rather than traditional leads. Check out our range of dog harnesses where you’ll find lots of different styles and colours to choose from.
Diet wise, Staffies are a high energy breed so giving them poor quality food with lots of added sugar and E numbers is a recipe for disaster! Choose a dry or canned food with good quality, natural ingredients such as Arden Grange, Orijen or James Well Beloved.