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Post by Admin on Fri Apr 04, 2008 6:06 pm

Here are some facts please feel free to continue

STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER
Weight Standards: m - 28 to 38 lbs., f - 24 to 34 lbs.
Height Standards: m/f - 14 to 16 inches
Coat: short and smooth,
Common Ailments: circulatory & respiratory problems, skin rashes




The
Staffordshire Bull Terrier developed in England. It was named for the
area were it was most popular. It is the oldest of all the Bull and
Terrier breeds, including the American Staffordshire or Pit Bull and
the English Bull Terrier. Yet ironically, this breed was the last of
the Bull and Terrier breeds to be registered by either the Kennel Club
of England or the American Kennel Club.

This dog developed from cross breeding dogs used in the blood sports of
bull baiting and bear baiting. Today it retains the physical traits
required to excel in the ring. However, the psychological mind set for
being a champion in the blood sport ring was never a "trait of the
breed" and each dog had to be trained in this skill. Without cruel
blood sport training, this breed demonstrates a quiet trustworthy
stable personality. Their gentleness with children, the elderly, and
friends is legendary.

Native
food supplies for this breed would have been those of the English
country and consisted of beef, wheat, corn, potatoes, carrots, and
cabbage.


For
the Staffordshire Bull Terrier I recommend foods that are a blend of
beef, wheat, corn, potatoes, carrots, and cabbage. However, I also feel
you should avoid feeding this breed any rice (white or brown), soy, or
avocado

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Post by engladian on Sat Apr 05, 2008 5:11 pm

Where did you get this from? I disagree with the feeding methods mentioned.
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Post by Admin on Sat Apr 05, 2008 5:44 pm

From here http://home.att.net/~wdcusick/StaffordshireBullTerrier.html

What to feed a Staffordshire Bull Terrier

If
you can not wait for my next book to be published and want to start
cooking nutritious preservative free food for a special companion pet I
would be happy to prepare a recipe for you to use (for a small fee).
Over the last 30 years many dog lovers have asked me to develop a diet
for a specific companion pet or their entire kennel of dogs. I have
formulated thousands of dog specific (more than just breed specific)diets and I would be willing to do this for your companion pet.


As you may know, each breed of dog has its own unique set of nutritional requirements.



Their unique set of nutritional
requirements have been passed on from generation to generation just
like the breed's unique coat, body size and temperament. We have found
that we can not change the genetic makeup of the animals we are feeding
just by exposing them to a different diet for a small amount of time.
Therefore, I suggest that Staffordshire Bull Terrier owners try to feed
their present companion pets with foods that contain what this breed
requires. The food should contain: (#1) nutrient sources that
are similar to those found in the native environment of the breed's
ancestors (sources which are not foreign to the digestive and glandular
systems of today's Staffordshire Bull Terrier and which are easy for
them to assimilate) and (#2) the proper balance of protein,
carbohydrates, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals that match the breed
specific nutritional requirements - those which have been passed on by
their ancestors.

Pet owners who feed their companion pets correctly
can save a lot of money. Many dogs are taken to the vet, suffering from
nutritionally related problems, and the vet bills can be huge. i.e.
dry/itchy/flaky skin, hot spots, yeast infections in the ear, thyroid -
liver - kidney problems, just to name a few, cost the average dog owner
hundreds of dollars every year. That is why I recommend that pet owners
learn about the nutritional needs of the animal they are feeding before
deciding on one of the many foods which are now available. When we
first learn what our companion pet needs and then
choose a diet that is correct for the animal being fed, it is a win-win
situation: the dogs are healthier and the owners save money.

I personally believe that the
best diet for a Staffordshire Bull Terrier is one that the owner makes
fresh, using quality ingredients, without preservatives. It only takes
about one to two hours a week to cook for a Staffordshire Bull Terrier
so that both #1 & #2 are met and preparing home cooked meals for a
dog can be less expensive than buying the average all-breed, any-breed
commercial pet food. I hope that you will consider using this option to
feed your companion pets correctly.

In my books (published in 1990
and 1997) on breed specific canine nutrition, I listed food sources to
use and food sources to avoid when feeding a Staffordshire Bull
Terrier. The idea was to provide pet owners (both those who wanted to
cook for their companion pets or those who wanted to buy an
all-breed/any-breed preservative filled food for their pets)
information about food sources to use or avoid. So that you can have
that same information, below is the text from the page "Staffordshire
Bull Terrier" that was in one of my books on canine nutrition.


________ text from the Staffordshire Bull Terrier page out of my book on Canine Nutrition ________

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Post by Admin on Sat Apr 05, 2008 6:05 pm

Deb jake gets these symptoms dry/itchy/flaky skin, hot spots, infections in the ear, The Infection in the ear has gone for now. But he has had this for a while, Been to the vets time and time again and spent crap loads on vet bill's, Could this be down to a diet issue? I thought it was the plants in the back garden so I chopped them all down but he still has it,The poor sod is sore under his arm-pits his coat is fantastic I don't understand!

His diet atm is Pro-plan 2months 12 months. Sometimes I will mix in sardines once or twice a week with his dry food, for a treat once a day a dental chew?

any Ideas?

btw he has been on proplan for most of his life

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Post by engladian on Sun Apr 06, 2008 12:01 pm

sounds like all related to diet actually. The ear infection sounds like a reaccuring yeast infection possibly. Here is a link on the ear yeast infection and how diet can play a part. Is quite an informative site.
http://dogearyeastinfection.com/
Also what form of oils is he getting in his food. This topic came up with Claire once I think and I mentioned then that some oils are not as readily utilized by dogs as others. Safflower, sunflowe, wheatgerm and flax oils are the best.
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Post by Staffy_Jake on Fri Apr 18, 2008 8:38 am

Mike said that Jake gets sardines once or twice he week but that was ages ago he never gets that now and has been well over a month since he had it, i don't personally think it is the proplan as he has been on it for a very long time and the couple of spaces that we did take him off itthat when his coat and things went crap, I personally thought it was the plants too and still think it could be as he is attracted to them, Mike has cut some down but there others he can get to and until we get some help on our garden we can't get the others up, looks like we are going to have to keep a close eye on him out there I think and see if this helps.
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Post by bullyboi on Wed Oct 01, 2008 5:57 am

i know people will probably jump on this and say im out of turn saying but as far as im aware jake could be more prone to these sort of conditions ; dry/itchy/flaky skin, hot spots, infections in the ear and possibly several others as he is bred from a blue dog! . . there is a lot of research and lots of reading material on the subject of recessive gene's like the blue gene and they have found that this is the case more often than not! it as also been found to contribute to problems with eyes and hearing also.

that aside jake is a lovely dog and i am in no way slating him or implying he is inferior in anyway just making you aware of the facts . . . also because both parents aren't blue he has less chance of passing these problems on if im reading it right??
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Post by jodie on Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:23 am

i give rocco cod liver oil capsules one capsule every other day and i feel that this makes his coat shiny and soft and it is also good for the joints. i buy them from the supermarket and give him them in his food. my rottie had some food intolerances and i started feding her chappie complete(vets advice) and this made a massive diference to her. good luck. jodie

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