I thought I’d give you a bit of an incite into the Staffie breed and a few tips on how to take care of the new addiction to your family. 

Henry is my first Staffordshire Bull Terrier and I kinda learnt as I went, every dog is different and it’s so important you know the typical traits of your breed of dog before you get one as this will help you in training plus you’ll know what to look out for!

Never before have I met a dog that is the biggest baby, by this I mean he is so playful, really affectionate, so eager to please, he’s extremely eager to please and always wants a cuddle, or to have some part of his body touching mine. Even if I’m on the sofa and he’s munching on a bonio on the floor he’ll come underneath me so my feet touch his back! The staffie is so sensitive and believe me they need exercise! When I first got Henry he was out of control ( mainly my fault because I didn’t understand the breed ) he was chewing skirting boards, humping pillows then tearing them to shreds, wee-ing on the bed, going to the toilet in the house even though I’d just taken him out he would save it for the hallway! He was a little git!

Now after smothering him in love kisses and giving him the right training he’s a real ambassador to the brand! Staffordshire Bull Terriers are highly intelligent and need a lot of stimulation, so it’s really good to have things like the Kong which you can fill with food, it makes them think about how to get the food out instead of just head in and devour.

BALLS – have loads of these, staffie’s aren’t good retrievers but they love balls so stock up on the Wimbledon/Slazenger ones as cheap ones won’t last 5 seconds in the jaw of your dog!

PLAYTIME- this is so important! You need to interact with your dog, they live for play time, it makes them feel close to you and makes them really happy.
OUTDOOR TIME- dogs in general love to be outdoors sniffing new smells, having a walk down different roads, going to the park. Make sure you talk your staffie on at least two walks a day, boredom leads to behaviour problems.

CROCODILE MOUTH- your staff has a real big mouth…. and he/she will want to exercise it, have plenty of chew toys, gnawing bones and indestructible tug toys at the ready! You can thank me later 🙂

ALPHA- you need to get this message across early, I made the mistake of letting Henry rule the roost when I first got him. Dogs are pack animals, they need to know which order they’re in once they know you’re the top dog you have a happy healthy relationship!