Characteristics and Temperament
The Staffy is a medium-sized dog that was bred for working purposes. They are typically gentle, loyal, and affectionate dogs that make great family pets. Staffies are also known for their high level of energy and athleticism.
One of the main Staffy characteristics that Staffy owners will notice is Staffies strong prey drive. Staffies were originally bred for this purpose, to “bait” bull and bear-baiting animals. Therefore, Staffies should never be left unsupervised with smaller animals.
The Staffy temperament is very similar to the Australian Cattle Dogs personality, so if you own an ACD or are thinking of getting one then the Staffy might just be the dog breed for you!
Luckily Staffies are typically very easy to train as they are known for being eager to learn and highly intelligent dogs.
The Staffy temperament training guide below shows how quick and easy it can be:
If your Staffy has a stubborn streak or seems hard to train then check out our stubborn Staffy training guide.
The Staffy is a healthy breed and typically does not suffer from any major health problems. However, they are prone to some hereditary conditions that you should be aware of. Some of Staffy’s health problems include:
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Staffy Bulldog Syndrome (SBS)
If you are considering getting a Staffy then it is important to go to a reputable breeder who can provide you with health information about the dog’s parents. By doing this you can be sure that your Staffy will have a good chance of having a healthy puppy. Staffies are also relatively low maintenance when it comes to grooming, but they do drool so this needs to be factored into your budget!
Staffy care is fairly easy and the Staffy is not very fussy when it comes to food. Staffies need at least an hour of exercise each day which can include playing with their owners or taking them on short walks. Staffies typically get on well with children (providing both sides are supervised) and other animals, although Staffies may struggle to resist chasing small animals like cats if they find themselves in the same vicinity as one. Staffies also love water – some Staffies enjoy swimming while others just like splashing around in puddles! Staffies also get along well with both adults and children.
Staffies are alert dogs that are always ready to play if given the chance! They love human attention and enjoy being included in family activities where possible. … Playing Games – This is a great way for you to interact positively with your dog while showing them that you are in control of when they can have fun. Some examples of games include fetch or tug-o-war which require Staffy to stop whatever it is doing when you give the command. Staffies are very intelligent and will quickly learn that ignoring your orders or taking too long to sit down means they don’t get their reward so it is essential that you teach them not to pull on the lead in order for this method to work effectively.