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Staffordshire Bull Terrier Grooming Guide

What Is A Staffordshire Bull Terrier?

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a British breed of short-haired terrier of medium size. This popular dog was created through cross-breeding between the Bulldog and the English white terrier. Originally the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was seen as a tough ‘fighting’ dog due to its strong, muscular body and powerful stance. However, many are surprised to learn that this breed is actually a loving and sensitive companion who loves to play. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are known for their courage, intelligence and love of children. A perfect pet for active families, Staffies have boundless energy and strive in the company of others.

How Do You Groom A Staffie?

In general, when it comes to Staffordshire Bull Terrier grooming, they are pretty low maintenance, mainly due to their very short fur. However, Staffies are active, full of life dogs that are at their happiest when they are outdoors and need a vigorous walk or play sessions daily, so it’s a good idea to have a few Staffie grooming tools at hand so you can keep on top of their coat.

Staffies may only need a quick brush over once every other day. However, a thorough grooming should be carried out every two to four weeks. Staffies boast a shiny coat, but that doesn’t always mean they are in full health. It’s important to check the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, genitals and anus for any foul smells, discharge, irritation, broken skin or any other abnormal signs.

To clean your dog’s ears, opt for an ear cleaning solution and a soft cotton pad, and gently wipe from the flap to the ear. Never insert a cotton bud into the ear; this can damage the fragile lining of the ear canal as this will push the dirt further in and, in some cases, perforate the eardrum. When it comes to nail clipping, an adult Staffie should have their nails trimmed every two weeks. A dog’s nails should not protrude over the pads of their paws, nor should they touch the ground when they stand up.

Top tip: If you have a pale-coloured Staffie or they have fine fur around their nose and eyes, then apply a small amount of sunscreen on them during the sunnier days to make sure they don’t get burnt.

 

 

What Is The Best Brush For A Staffordshire Bull Terrier?

The essential part of a dog grooming regime is brushing. Whilst smooth-coated dogs such as the Staffordshire Bull Terrier don’t need as much brushing as long-haired dogs, it’s still important to brush your Staffie to keep them clean and tangle free.

Brushing your dog is a great bonding exercise that also helps distribute natural oils and works towards stimulating blood flow, keeping their skin healthy.

There are a number of different brushes to insure your Staffies coat remains smooth and clean:

Deshedding tool for short hair

These deshedding tools are designed for short hair that is under 2 inches long. As Staffies are a short-coated breed, they work perfectly for reaching underneath the top coat and removing loose or dead hair from underneath.

Bristle brush

A bristle brush is a really soft and gentle brush that your Staffie will enjoy, as its soft bristles will provide your dog with a relaxing experience. This is the best choice if you want to create a bond with your dog.

A rubber brush

A rubber bush is great to use when you’re shampooing your dog as it acts as a massage tool to remove dead hairs. The rubber pins can also stimulate capillaries and encourage natural oil production, all helping towards your Staffie having healthy skin and coat.

Pet grooming glove brush

Glove brushes are great if your dog runs a mile at the sight of a brush. They gather up loose hair while enabling you to provide a more personal and gentle grooming experience.

Do Staffordshire Bull Terriers Shed A Lot?

Though Staffordshire Bull Terriers shed very little, they still shed hair on an ongoing basis. You may notice more shedding hair in autumn and particularly spring, as your dog begins to shed their old coat and grow into the new one for the changing weather.

It’s important to brush your Staffie, as their shed hair can make them feel a little itchy or uncomfortable.

 

 

What Is The Best Brush For A Staffordshire Bull Terrier?

The essential part of a dog grooming regime is brushing. Whilst smooth-coated dogs such as the Staffordshire Bull Terrier don’t need as much brushing as long-haired dogs, it’s still important to brush your Staffie to keep them clean and tangle free.

Brushing your dog is a great bonding exercise that also helps distribute natural oils and works towards stimulating blood flow, keeping their skin healthy.

There are a number of different brushes to insure your Staffies coat remains smooth and clean:

Deshedding tool for short hair

These deshedding tools are designed for short hair that is under 2 inches long. As Staffies are a short-coated breed, they work perfectly for reaching underneath the top coat and removing loose or dead hair from underneath.

Bristle brush

A bristle brush is a really soft and gentle brush that your Staffie will enjoy, as its soft bristles will provide your dog with a relaxing experience. This is the best choice if you want to create a bond with your dog.

A rubber brush

A rubber bush is great to use when you’re shampooing your dog as it acts as a massage tool to remove dead hairs. The rubber pins can also stimulate capillaries and encourage natural oil production, all helping towards your Staffie having healthy skin and coat.

Pet grooming glove brush

Glove brushes are great if your dog runs a mile at the sight of a brush. They gather up loose hair while enabling you to provide a more personal and gentle grooming experience.

 

Do Staffordshire Bull Terriers Shed A Lot?

Though Staffordshire Bull Terriers shed very little, they still shed hair on an ongoing basis. You may notice more shedding hair in autumn and particularly spring, as your dog begins to shed their old coat and grow into the new one for the changing weather.

It’s important to brush your Staffie, as their shed hair can make them feel a little itchy or uncomfortable.

 

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