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What is the Ideal Weight for a Staffy – How to Keep a Dog at a Healthy Weight

Staffies are one of the most popular dog breeds. Due to this, it’s important we discuss the appropriate range your pup’s weight should fall within. Making sure your bull terrier’s inside this range is key to ensuring your dog lives a long and happy life. After all, we all want our staffy’s to live a long life: one that might even exceed the agreed upon lifespan range of a Staffordshire bull terrier.

In this article, you’ll learn the target range you should try to keep your dog’s weight within. Additionally, you’ll find inside this article ways to make sure your dog never becomes overweight.

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What is the Ideal Weight for a Staffordshire Bull Terrier?

Like most dogs, a staffy’s weight range is different for males and females. A healthy weight for an adult male Staffordshire Bull Terrier should end up between 13 to 17kg.  For an adult female staffy, it’s slightly less with their weight range coming in between 11 to 15.4kg.

This is according the Kennel Club Staffy breed standards guide.

Being a medium-sized breed, staffies don’t weigh that much particularly when compared to breed like Great Danes or Saint Bernards. But, as any staffy owner knows, this doesn’t stop them from being extremely strong. Therefore, it’s imperative you don’t underestimate their power, or you’ll be on the ground getting licked to death by your wonderful dog.

Now, if you find yourself worrying because your staffy falls outside these ranges, don’t fret there are ways to get their weight down. In fact, you’re staffy might be perfectly fine, there’s always an outlier or two to these weight ranges. Remember, these are just averages.

If your dog’s weight is outside these ranges, do consult a vet to make sure everything’s okay.

In the meantime, the following actions will do wonders for your dog’s weight and overall health:

Exercise

Without proper amounts of exercise, staffies are prone to getting restless. Their restlessness comes out in pillows being torn, or shades getting ripped apart. However, this isn’t its worst effect a lack of exercise can have on your dog: becoming overweight holds that title.

Given Staffordshire Bull Terriers are prone to hip dysplasia, you need a good handle on the right amount of exercise they require. See, the extra weight will put more pressure on the hip, which will cause arthritis to become a more likely condition for your pup.  To avoid arthritis from becoming an issue,  The Kennel Club recommends that one hour of exercise or more per day is needed to keep your staffy happy and healthy.

If an hour of exercise is too much of a commitment for you, look for another way to fulfill this requirement for your dog.  Whether it’s a dog training class or getting a dog walker, getting this hour of exercise for your dog is vital to keeping them in good shape. 

For some interesting exercise ideas, check out our article on 8 ways to exercise your staffy.

Diet

An easy fix is switching the store bought treats with vegetables. Those store-bought treats aren’t helping your dog lose weight, in fact, they’re probably one of the main factors your pup’s having weight trouble. 

Instead, vegetables such as baby carrots, celery, or green beans are a healthy alternative to these highly processed store-bought treats. These vegetables also have a great variety of health benefits besides controlling your dog’s weight such as helping get rid of food and plaque build up on their teeth.

The following list of vegetables is full of safe/health choices that you should replace store bought treats with:

  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Green Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Pumpkin
  • Peas
  • Spinach
  • Sweet potato
  • Zucchini
  • Asparagus
  • Bell peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage

Before feeding these vegetables to your dog, consider steaming or boiling them. By doing so, you’ll increase their flavor and give your staffy an extra incentive to enjoy them.

Take a look at this article to discover 11 healthy “human” foods for dogs


Of course, it is also critical to feed your dog a high-quality food at their regular meals. Here are the current Smiling Staffy recommendations for best wet and dry dog foods:

Forthglade 100% Natural Dog Food

🏆 Best Wet Dog Food 🏆

forthglade wet puppy food

Lily's Kitchen Adult Dry Dog Food

🏆 Best Dry Dog Food 🏆

Lily's kitchen dry dog food

If you're thinking about going down the raw diet route, we also have an article on raw diets here.

Supplements

Certain health supplements can give your pup an edge when it comes to losing weight. For example, omega-3 fatty acid supplements are a great way of keeping your dog’s weight down and promoting good health.

This supplement encourages weight control, while, providing your dog with a potent antioxidant that has been proven to help treat and prevent diseases.

Another potentially helpful supplement is l-carnitine. In some studies, l-carnitine has shown to aid weight loss and encourage muscle mass. Due to this, it could act as a secondary means of pushing your pup to their ideal weight.

Of course, it’s imperative you consult with a vet before giving either of these supplements to your dog. You never know what might cause your dog to have an adverse reaction.

Calorie Monitoring

Many dog owners have a rather relaxed approach to how how much they feed their dogs. They’ll fill the food bowl to the top without measuring or researching what’s the right amount of food for their specific dog. In response, their dog ends up becoming overweight that leads to many overwhelming health problems.

Due to this, it’s essential you understand the exact number of calories your dog needs for each meal.  To receive this information, contact a vet for a proper evaluation of just how much calories your dog needs each day.

If you’re in a bind and can’t contact a vet right away, the formula below is a good starting point to understand the number of calories your staffy needs.

Formula: [Dog's weight in KG x 30] +70

For example, if your dog weighs 17 kilograms, the ideal calories per day would be around 580 calories.  However, using this formula should be a short-term solution until you can contact a vet about a professional diet plan for your staffy.

For a more accurate estimation, you can also use the handy dog calorie calculator tool below:

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Calorie Calculator by TrainPetDog

On top of calorie control, make sure you are feeding your dog the best quality dog food available.

Measuring Meals

After figuring out how many calories your dogs needs, use a measuring cup to ensure you’re giving your staffy the right amount of food. Even though this step is vital to maintaining a dog’s weight, many owners skip it because they think it’s a hassle.

However, you can accurately cut the calories your dog needs into portions to fit your daily routine by using a measuring cup.

To give you an example, I’ll use the model of the 17kg staffy I used in the section before.

If you want to cut your 17-kilogram dog’s food intake into two sessions, one in the morning and one at night, the calorie intake for each session should be around 290 calories.

Using the guides on the back of your dog’s food bag, see how much 290 calories equals in cups. In other words, figure out how many calories per cup and go from there.

17 thoughts on “What is the Ideal Weight for a Staffy – How to Keep a Dog at a Healthy Weight”

    • HA, I definitely wouldn’t fancy taking that dog for a walk!! Thanks for the heads up, Will.

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  1. This web-site is very helpful. I got all the information that I need to know.
    Thanks a lot

    Van Hung Duong

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  2. So I have a question, my puppy is 8 months old and is 20kg. He is definitely a full staffy as he is KC registered and is also in really good shape according to the vet and my knowledge of owning dogs before, if anything I would say he is a little slim. Is he just a big dog….?

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    • Hi Charlie, thanks for commenting. If he is in good shape and your vet hasn’t expressed concern then he may well just be a larger dog. All of the guidelines simply apply to the majority/average and there are always going to be outliers to those facts and figures. You may even find he has done the majority of his growing early and won’t continue at the same rate.

      I hope that helps to answer your question.

      All the best,

      Laine @ Smiling Staffy

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    • Hi Pixie. It is difficult to say without knowing the dog and seeing their build.

      Like humans, some dogs will grow bigger more quickly than others. A 17kg staffy certainly isn’t anything out of the ordinary, particularly for males.

      If your pup is visibly carrying fat then he/she could be at an unhealthy weight.

      Of course, the best person to ask if you do have concerns is your vet.

      But as long as your feeding the recommended amounts, your dog isn’t carrying fat and they seem healthy then I’m sure you aren’t doing anything wrong.

      I hope this helps,

      Laine @ Smiling Staffy

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      • I think the problem is there are English staffs and what they call American staffs which are a much larger breed so it depends which breed you have

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  3. Our English Staffordshire Terrier is either 13 going on 14 or 15 going on 16 years. he is currently 20 kgs having lost quite a lot of weight on the Hills Veterinarian diet food, which is VERY expensive. He also has some arthritis. Can you recommend an alternative food with arthritis benefits that is, preferably, cheaper? Also, what distance pre day would you recommend we walk him?

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    • Hi Deborah. How exciting! I am jealous. Thanks for commenting, I’m pleased you’ve found it useful.

      If you use Facebook, feel free to join our group. The members there are all Staffy owners to soon-to-be and are very helpful. You can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/smilingstaffy

      Kind regards,

      Laine @ Smiling Staffy

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  4. We adopted 2 Staffies. Our 9yr old male is now 17.2kg & our 14yr old now 16.3kg. We also adopted a 3½yr old Staff mix (poss Weimaraner based on colour & texture of coat). We had them as their owner was emigrating to Turkey. All 3 of them started to lose weight so we gave them smaller portions more often. It’s worked for the older 2 but the younger one just isn’t putting weight on. We lost a Staffie last year to Pancreatitis & that’s definitely worrying me but I think he is missing his previous owner who had him from 9½ weeks. Due to C-19 & travel issues getting to/from the vet isn’t too easy. There is another vet but it’s a more expensive vet (I’m disabled & reliant on benefits). We are saving a little each month in case he gets worse or shows signs of pain/illness. However in the meantime we are trying all we can to increase his weight but not finding much. What do you advise?

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  5. My boy is 10 and half years old and the weight is dropping off him he is barely eating . He weighs just over 14kg . Vet says its due to his age and health . I try everything to get him to eat but he isn’t interested .
    Is this a bad weight and should I agree with vets and let him go . He has outbursts where he is a puppy again but some days he sleeps 23hours .

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  6. I have a 7 month old Staffy who is 19kg but no fat he’s all muscle.Had Staffys for 40:years and this is the quickest growing dog I’ve ever had.I weigh his food and he’s on two meals now

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  7. Hello everyone
    My name is Alexandra I am very new to the staff bread but have had dogs all through life. In Germany where I am from we had Great Danes and myself have a Cocker Spaniel for the last 12 years in Melbourne. I have just purchased an American/English Staffy who is nine weeks old and weighs 5.8kg already.
    I just need a little advise on feeding and maybe some general pointers on what not to do.
    Kind regards
    Alexandra

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  8. Hi,
    I have an English Staffy and he is 18 months. I am feeding him what is recommended but he looks really skinny. He is happy and full of energy but does look skinny. I worm him regularly. Should I be worried and should I just increase his food to add some weight?
    Please help!

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    • Hi Kellie, thanks for commenting. If you are worried about his health then I must always recommend contacting your vet.

      If he seems happy and healthy but just underweight then you can always try increasing food intake to see how he gets on. However, he is still only 18 months so has some growing to do and there is every chance he will fill out in the coming months.

      Laine @ Smiling Staffy

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