Staffordshire Bull Terrier Health Problems and Raising a Staffordshire Bull Terrier Puppy to be Healthy
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014
The most common health problems in Staffordshire Bull Terriers:
Eye diseases are a real concern in Staffords, especially severe cataracts that appear by 18 months old and lead to blindness. Eyelash abnormalities are also common, and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) occurs occasionally.
The other major problems in Staffordshire Bull Terriers are hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 330 Staffordshire Bull Terriers and found 17% dysplastic. That's a terrible rate for a small breed, and the true rate is even higher, because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation. For comparison, the larger English Bull Terrier has a hip dysplasia rate of 7%. Elbows are also bad in Staffords – 12% of 82 elbow X-rays were dysplastic, and again, the true rate is even higher.
The orthopedic problems don't end with hip and elbow dysplasia. Luxating patella (loose knees) can also occur in Staffordshire Bull Terriers.
Epilepsy and heart disease have been reported in Staffordshire Bull Terriers.
Allergies (which cause itchy skin and often lead to bacterial skin infections called pyoderma) are common in all terriers.
Staffords with very short muzzles can suffer some degree of brachycephalic syndrome.
Inherited deafness can occur in Staffordshire Bull Terriers with a lot of white on their head.
Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Staffordshire Bull Terrier?
Yes, often you can.
- Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Staffordshire Bull Terriers today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy who is genetically healthy.
- Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.
Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy or adult dog:
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