The American Staffordshire Terrier a.k.a ‘American Staffy,’ is a medium-sized, short-coated dog known for its loyalty, courage, and companionship. Originating from the United States, the American Staffy was bred for farm work and overtime for dogfighting.
Known as a ‘bully breed,’ there’s a misconception that American Staffordshire Terriers are dangerous dogs. While muscular and strong, Staffies are an affectionate breed that thrives in a family environment. Staffies are often confused with their cousin, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. While Staffies and Staffordshire Bull Terriers have some similarities, they are different dog breeds.
Want to learn more about this courageous but gentle breed? Read our guide below to see if American Staffordshire Terriers are the pet for you.
Want an intelligent companion that is alert, vigilant, and a whole lot of fun? The American Staffy might be the perfect fit for you. Suited to families, American Staffordshire Terriers are protective and eager to please their humans. In fact, they fit into the "nanny dog" class, along with Newfoundlands, as they love to play with and protect all members of the family.
American Staffies are a very trainable breed and should be socialised from an early age. Taking your puppy to meet other dogs and people is a great way to instill positive behaviours and ensure they're comfortable in a variety of settings.
Families living in larger spaces are the ideal place for an American Staffy to live. It’s a plus if someone is home throughout the day, as staffies can get lonely and tend to chew things out of boredom.
American Staffordshire Terriers have short-haired, shiny coats that come in a variety of colours including - red, fawn, black, white, and blue. Brushing your American Staffy once a week is enough to keep their coats healthy. Unfortunately, they are prone to bad breath, so brush their teeth once a week to stop tartar and food buildup.
American Staffies have moderate exercise needs, so aim for around 60 minutes per day. Playing, walking, and running are great ways to keep your Staffy stimulated.
Like most dogs, the American Staffordshire Terrier needs a well-balanced diet made up of protein, fats, and vitamins. Staffies are medium-sized with moderate energy levels, so incorporate lean meat and vegetables into their meals to keep them healthy. Scheduled feeding over free feeding is a way to ensure your American Staffy doesn’t overeat and gain unnecessary weight.
If you’re thinking about getting pet insurance for your American Staffy, factors like age and location will affect the cost of your premium. Woolworths Pet Insurance offers Basic, Standard, Comprehensive and Comprehensive Plus cover that helps protect you and your furry friend. Check what each insurance cover includes.
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