The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is an intelligent breed that simply lacks the proper amount of fear. That is to say, they are open to just about anything and welcome the chance to explore their surroundings at any time. The Staffie is one that not only appreciates but craves variety and will get bored doing the same old thing over and over. This can lead to the common destructive canine behaviors such as barking or chewing. As many owners have come to find, when the Staffie gets bored he or she will not hesitate to step out on their own and entertain themselves. This is often what gets the lovable breed in trouble.
Despite being mistaken for a Pit Bull or Pit Bull mix, the Staffie is very much its own variety. Nicknamed The Children's Dog, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier deals stunningly well with the high activity levels that children bring. They enjoy the busy domestic life and are often found in the thick of household activities. Staffies left to themselves or chained in a yard is the last place this type of breed wants to spend his or her time. The breed is one that loves people and requires regular contact to stay healthy. Those who expect to spend long periods of time away from home would do better to opt for a different breed.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier loves toys but their jaws require playthings specifically made for heavy chewers. Small, cheaply made vinyl toys are no match for the powerful maw that comes with a Staffie. In fact, it is not uncommon for the Staffordshire Bull Terrier to end up in a veterinarian's office after swallowing bits of plastic from an ill fated squeaky toy. There are many chew toys that have been developed for heavy chewers, such as the Kong. These toys made of heavy non toxic rubber are meant to help dogs work their jaws in a healthy manner. The Kong also works as a handy treat dispenser that keeps dogs engrossed for hours. Aside from a good amount of exercise, chewing is how all dogs, including the Staffie, release pent up tension and anxiety.
Because the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a stocky breed with plenty of muscle, they will need a diet high in protein. To help them feel fuller longer, these protein levels should be balanced with a good amount of fiber. Their physique allows them plenty of stamina and it is very easy for them to blast through calories. Feeding high calories snacks at certain intervals of the day are a good idea, especially for the extremely active Staffie. The breed will also need access to plenty of fresh clean water as well.