Staffordshire Bull Terrier 




As soon as a Staffordshire Bull Terrier grows on from the small puppy stage all toys and rubber balls,etc, should be thrown awy. By the time he is four months of age his jaw muscles will be quite strong, and with the rigours of teething such playthings will be torn to shreds and constitute a grave danger if he swallows them. Bones are normally forbidden to puppies of a breed descended from the bulldog, thereby predisposed to the undershot jaw, at least during the term of dentition, for the consitent gnawing might aggravate the tendency should it exist.



However, big marrow bones seem innocuous enough, probably due to their circumference preventing the young dog taking the vice-like grip likely to spoil his yet unformed jawline.A good game, and one that will exercise and strengthen his jaw, neck,and hindquarter muscles, can be made by tying an old tyre to rope and suspending  it from a tree branch in the garden. It should hang just high enough from the ground to allow the dog to jump, take hold, then hang, feet swinging free.Staffords have been known to enjoy themselves for hours with such a contrivance which is so beneficial to physical development.







 Stick games are popular,and any stick unlikely to splinter can be thrown and the dog encouraged to retrieve it. Thrown up a hill or slope, the clambering involved in retrieving it will build up hindquarter muscle very quickly, but avoid stick games when there is more than one Stafford. As soon as two run together you have the nucleus of a pack, and a thrown stick to compete for will soon start trouble. Worse still, the stick in one dog's mouth could gouge out the eye of his companion. Always conduct games with a Staffordshier in such a way that you can call a halt to the excitement at once. 




A fighting dog like a fighting man is a highly bred creature as far as his sport is concerned, at least. Like a boxer, the good Stafford can quickly become elated and go further than he intended, unless checked. Watch the eyes as you play with your dog. If you get to a stage in the play when they glaze over,stop the game at once. Up to this point you have your Stafford under control no doubt, beyond it you need to bring him back to a more sober mood. The foregoing  advice is given in the light of many years breed experience.



It is hoped the reader will not henceforth regard the Stafford as neurotic or unreliable.He is far from being either, please be assured. However, all breeds have their idiosyncrasies and it is best to be aware of what lies in the make-up of your chosen variety. The Staffordshire is, a solid, honest,down-to-earth, reliable dog, wonderful with children and those he trusts. 







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