A large part of keeping a Staffordshire Bull Terrier in good health consists of feeding a well balanced diet. However, with breeds that have a high stamina, it is important to ensure they get the right amount of calories throughout the day. Oftentimes, destructive behaviors can be attributed to hunger, especially with the extra active Staffie. It is important for Staffie owners to understand that it is not merely quantity of calories but quality that matters most. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is one that needs a good balance of protein and carbohydrates to support its muscular frame. It is always fun to feed snacks and doing so at certain intervals of the day can help keep a Staffie well fed and balanced.
A good homemade treat for the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is as follows:
Protein Cookies 2 jars beef and vegetable baby food, 6 ounces each 1 cup wheat germ 2 cups nonfat dry milk Before starting, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Using a large spoon or fork, combine all the ingredients listed in a large mixing bowl. When the mixture is thoroughly combined, drop onto a greased pan by the teaspoonful. Using the bottom of a greased glass, flatten the dough into patties. Place in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown on the edges. As these treats contain no preservatives, they should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for no more than one week.
Chicken flavored biscuits are another popular high carbohydrate option for the breed.
2 cups of whole wheat flour 2/3 cups of yellow cornmeal 1/2 cup of non salted, shelled sunflower seeds 2 tablespoons of corn oil 1/2 cup of canned sodium free chicken broth 2 whole eggs 1/4 cup of low fat milk 1 extra egg, beaten and used as a wash for biscuits
Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the flour, cornmeal and sunflower seeds in a large mixing bowl. Mix consistently while adding the corn oil, chicken broth and eggs. The dough will be stiff when thoroughly mixed. Allow the mixture to sit for at least 15 minutes. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface in a 1/4 inch thickness. If desired, cut out shapes using bone shaped cookie cutters or simply use a small inverted drinking glass to cut out small circles. Brush each biscuit with the beaten egg. The biscuits should bake for 25-35 minutes and come out a golden brown. After the biscuits have cooled, store them in an airtight container.
Although it can feel good to share treats with pets, it is important that the Staffordshire Bull Terrier not be overfed with treats during the day. This will prevent the weight gain that can add unnecessary strain to hips and joints.