Staffordshire Bull Terrier Dietary Needs and Requirements

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As a staffy owner, one of your priorities will be keeping your dog in the best health possible. Of course, their diet is a major factor in this task but it can be tricky to be certain that you are feeding them optimally. It also doesn’t help that staffies love to overeat and will eat any amount of food you put in front of them.

Given their excessive appetite, it’s essential you know the proper diet requirements for your staffy. After all, you don’t want them to let their overeating tendency lead them toward becoming overweight or sick.   

This article will discuss in the detail what precisely a proper diet for a staffy should encompass. As a result, you should be able to keep your staffy’s appetite in check and keep them fit, healthy and happy.

Staffordshire bull terrier dietary needs

Are There Special Dietary Requirements for Staffies?

In most aspects, a proper staffy diet is relatively simple. There’s nothing you need to know besides the fact that staffies can be prone to getting food allergies. In light of this, you should stick to grain-free foods.

Grain-based foods are known to worsen allergies. In fact, it’s believed grain products can actually cause new allergies in dogs. Due to this, I recommend staying away from any grain products.

I know this restriction may be inconvenient as grain-based dog food is less expensive, but it’s not worth making your staffy’s life uncomfortable just to save a bit of money. 

If you want to read more about food allergies, I recommend reading this article on staffy allergies as it has a whole section dedicated to discussing food allergies. And it covers the other allergies your staffy might be prone to as well.

How Much Should You Feed a Staffy?

Now, this is where staffy owners get in trouble; they often worry that they’re feeding their staffy too little and overcompensate. The exact amount f food all depends on a myriad of factors such as sex, age, the activity level, weight, and medical history.

In general, I’d say about 1 to 2 cups of food every day would be a good starting point for an averagely sized adult staffy. If your dog weighs a little more than average feed them a little more; if they weigh a little less, feed them a little less.

All in all, you’ll be able to tell whether or not you’re feeding them the right amount by examining their overall condition and behaviour. For example, if your dog's skin and coat in good condition, they’re relatively active and they are maintaining a healthy weight, there’s no reason to assume you’re feeding them too little or too much.

If this seems a little too vague, here’s a fantastic article on PetMD that features the graphic below detailing the appropriate amount of food for every weight class of dog. Since a staffy ranges from about 25 to 40 pounds, I gathered 1 to 2 cups a day is a safe bet.

How much dog food chart

Remember the activity level of your staffy is a big factor in this decision. Let’s say you have a lazy 35-pound male staffy; in this case, I’d feed him a little less than the standard 2 cups such as 1 ½ cups.

On the other hand, if you a 35-pound male staffy whose activity level is off the charts, you should probably push the two cups up to 2 ½ cups. The increase in food will help account for needed daily energy levels.

How Often Should You Feed a Staffy Each Day?

The frequency of your dog's meals will depend largely on your own schedule and there is no real right or wrong way to go about it. The main concern is that your dog ends up eating the correct amount of food. 

It will also depend on your dog's attitude to their meals. If you have a staffy who isn't particularly fussed about eating their food, you may want to feed them just once per day.

Since staffies do tend to love their meal times, many owners find a twice per day schedule to be best for a grown staffy; once in the morning and once at night. Again using the 35-pound energetic male, this method of feeding means splitting the 2 ½ cups into two servings of 1.25 cups.

If you have a puppy, daily feedings should be split into three different feedings; puppies burn off energy quicker than adult dogs; therefore, need more feedings throughout the day.

What Type of Food is Best for Staffies?

Luckily for you, we have a whole article on the best dog food for staffies and even offer recommendations on which brands are the best. But to summarize here, you want to look out for a high-quality grain-free dog food. One of our top recommendations is from Lily's kitchen, which you can find here on Amazon.

Also, it doesn’t matter whether or not it’s wet or dry; both options work for staffies. In this aspect, it’s really about what you consider more convenient and more your speed.

The top priority for choosing the best type of food is to make sure its made from high-quality ingredients. It doesn't matter if you choose wet, dry or end up mixing in a little of both.

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37 thoughts on “Staffordshire Bull Terrier Dietary Needs and Requirements”

  1. My staffy is Bruno and he is 10 years old. We recently went to the vets as his back leg was weak but after taking bloods they found he has kidney disease which he has never shown any symptoms and still doesn’t. They have told us to prolong his life we need to change his food to Hills prescription dog food which is really expensive and mainly online. How much should we feed him? He’s fussy about his food and steals human food too. Any advice welcome.

    • Hi Karen, thanks for your comment. I’m sorry to hear about Bruno’s condition.

      It sounds like you may be slightly unsure of the kidney disease diagnosis. If that is the case, you may want to seek another opinion from a different vet.

      In terms of the food amounts, I can’t really give any advice there since I don’t know the details of Bruno’s illness nor am I a registered vet. If it has been prescribed by your vet then listening to their recommendations for feeding amounts is the best bet there. You could also ask for an alternative to the Hills dog food. Vets will always have their favourite that they like to recommend but it will rarely ever be the only option out there.

      I’m sorry I couldn’t offer much direct advice but I hope this helps in some way.

      All the best,

      Laine @ Smiling Staffy

  2. l got a staffie he 7 he been to the vets 3 times in 5 weeks he keeps being sick.he on antacid tablets.they think it food he on so he on grain free dry food plus a bit of wet food ok for 2 days then start being sick again l just dont no what to do next

    • Hi Samantha, thanks for commenting. I’m sorry to hear about your dog’s health troubles.

      The best advice I can give, although probably not the actionable advice you are after, is to work as closely as possible with your vet and keep them informed of as many details of your dog’s food intake, medication and habits as possible. I would also suggest giving it a little more time.

      He seemed to respond well to the food originally but a couple of days probably isn’t long enough for it to have full effect. I’d leave it a couple of weeks to get a better idea of his response to the new diet.

      I hope this helps a bit and your staffy is back to full health ASAP.

      Laine @SmilingStaffy

      • I am STRUGGLING to find the WEIGHT of food my three month old staff needs
        Can ANYONE just give me a straight answer ?

    • STAY AWAY FROM GRAIN FREE FOODS! Please! Anyone who reads this, the above article contains very dangerous information about feeding American Staffordshires a grain-free diet and even promoting this as the best option for them. DO NOT FOLLOW THIS — TALK TO YOUR VET BEFORE EVER EVEN CONSIDERING FEEDING YOUR BABY GRAIN-FREE ANYTHING!! AND DO YOUR RESEARCH. Grain-Free is a gimmick and a leading cause for death for all cats and dogs! I am very serious about this because it infuriates me that this continues to go on, making “grain-free” sound like the best and a healthier choice for your pets when really most people arent aware of the deadly effects that grain-free products cause. And it’s everywhere! Major pet stores’s shelves are lined with grain-free and they welcomingly promote these products because that is the latest craze. Please, research this for yourself. It is scary and sad. Here are a few articles to look at. They are full of facts and unbiased but do your own research as well to see the horrible effects from grain-free products. Even over a short time can lead to a quick death for pets. Here are a few good articles. It is jst crazy to me. The FDA has officilly recalled so many grain-free foods and acknowledge and publically shared the data of the deaths directly related to grain-free but it is still everywhere and people are still buying it like crazy.





      STAY AWAY FROM GRAIN-FREE AND READ THE INGREDIENTS ON TREATS AND FOODS. They might sound and look healthy and be from a well-known brand, but you want to make sure there’s none of the ingredients mentioned in these articles and for some reason, most newer treats and foods have these in them! Chick peas and sweet potatoes are very popular lately for some reason. But they are linked to a leading cause of this heart disease in dogs?!

    • Hi Becky, thanks for your question. From experience with my own staffies, they always seem like they want food and simply love eating so it may not be that he is actually hungry. If he is in good health and his weight is in the proper range and stable then you are likely feeding him the correct amounts. You could try upping his intake a bit if you really do feel he is still hungry but you’ll need to keep a close eye on his weight to make sure he isn’t gaining fat.

      I hope that helps,

      Laine @SmilingStaffy

  3. hi there i am from the UK and you may know that we in the UK are a bit more lax when it comes to dog food (we don’t **need** *Staffy Food* or *staffy diet* etc… we are just told (if they are healthy and eating and energetic and weigh as they should then then are 100% a-ok)

    But that aside… my dog (bitch @ 14.50 KG and 5 months old – 6 months on Oct 6) reccomended to feed for a 15KG but the confusing thing is the chart does not list 5 months – it only lists 3 months and 6 months (and ofc the younger/older weight) so do i go with the chart (3 months @ 15KG = 280Gram a day) or do i go for the 6th month 15KG @ 340 Grams a day?

    Vet just says **if she is energetic – feed more… if she is withdrawn/sleepy feed less** do you have a better answer vs the vets super generic one please?

    • Hi Graham. Thanks for commenting, I’m sorry it has taken a while to respond.

      Each dog and their circumstances are going to be different and the given chart is only there as a guide/starting point. In your case, the dog is much closer to 6 months than 3 so I would her food intake closer to that 6 month range. From there, keep an eye on her weight, energy levels and toilet habits to see if anything seems “off”.

      Of course, your vet is the expert and has the professional qualifications to give advice on your dog’s health so listening to them is generally a good idea.

      I hope that helps,

      Laine @ Smiling Staffy

      • thank you for getting back to me 🙂 and yes… she needs a hell of a lot of food otherwise she just scrounges the pavement all the time on walks

  4. Hey ive a bitch, shea coming up on 6 months old. I’m feeding her twice a day with dry food and warm water. Her coat is in lovely condition, I’m just wondering is there anything i can add to her meal to maintain her health, i heard eggs are good?

    • Hello Ryan, thanks for your question. I apologise for taking a while to get back to you.

      As long as you are feeding her a high-quality food, she should already be getting almost everything she needs. By the sounds of it, she is doing rather well so I wouldn’t want to change anything myself.

      TO answer your question about eggs, yes they can be very good for dogs. They are a great source of complete protein and contain vitamins and minerals that can contribute to a healthy coat and skin. They should be cooked, though. Boiled, scrambled, it doesn’t matter as long as they are cooked properly. Adding eggs into her diet shouldn’t cause any issues just remember to factor in the extra calories so she doesn’t gain unwanted weight. An egg contains around 70-80 calories.

      Hopefully, that helps you out.

      Laine @ Smiling Staffy

  5. Hi
    My staffie Chester seems to have a very sensitive tummy. We have been giving him a third small cup of dry food, mixed with a spoonful of chappie, which was at our vets recommendation. He was fine for quite a while but suddenly he is throwing up every day. We had a problem (ongoing) of Chester having the most horrendous gurgling tummy which is when the vet recommended the chappie. Now the gurgling and sick was are almost daily. Please help!

    • Hi Eve, thanks for your comment. I apologise for taking so long to reply to it, I know you may have sorted the issue by now (Hopefully you have!).

      Of course, you should always take your vet’s recommendation over the opinion of someone on the internet who hasn’t examined your dog. It seems as though the vet’s initial thoughts are that the stomach issues were caused by an intolerance to something in Chester’s food, which is why they suggested switching to Chappie. It may help to compare the ingredients of Chappie with the original food to see what ingredients they have in common to try and narrow down the cause.

      This is all assuming that it is a problem caused by the food, which it may not be.

      The best advice I can give is to simply work closely with your vet by keeping them informed of as much as possible. Together, you should be able to come to a solution over time.

      Sorry I couldn’t provide a more concrete answer for you but I hope this helps,

      Laine @ Smiling Staffy

  6. Hi my bitch staffy weight is 21.9kg give her 2 cups aday
    But seems that still hungry also
    Drinkin alot more than normal

    • Hello Joanne. I’m sorry for the late reply, I managed to miss your comment.

      Have you found any solution to the problem yet?

      Judging a Staffy’s food requirements based on their hunger levels can be tricky. Staffies love food and will almost always eat so that can make them seem hungry all the time even if their requirements have been met. As long as your dog’s weight and energy levels are stable, she should be getting enough food.

      Noticing a sudden change in the dog’s behaviour, like the drinking you mentioned, could mean something is up so you’ll need to keep a closer eye on her. If she doesn’t seem herself then heading to the vet as a precaution is advised.

      Of course, it’s been a couple of weeks since you first commented (sorry again for the slow reply) so you may have sorted the problem already. If so, let me know how it panned out. It’s always good to hear other owner’s stories and maybe learn something from them.

      Laine @ Smiling Staffy

    • We had a diabetic border collie and the drinking of a lot of water (plus losing weight despite getting fed well) was one of the signs. I really hope this isn’t the issue, but just be aware

  7. Hi I just got a staffy baby girl she is only 2 month old and i am not sure hot to feed her. As i gave her the exact amount of wet food,like her ex-owner advised(100grams per time), her belly gets very big and she is starting to shake all over her body. So i tried to reduce that amount to half(50grams per time) and its still the same. Could you please advise me how many grams and how many times should i feed her? I did two times a day and also i gave her some milk in between.

    • Hello Nancy, thanks for leaving a comment.

      The amount can vary a bit depending on weight but 100 grams of food for a 2 month old Staffy sounds about right. Puppies have smaller stomachs so should be fed multiple times each day. Some people choose to break their puppy’s food down into up to 6 meals spread throughout the day. Generally, I find 3 or 4 to be more manageable. Of course, it depends on how your pup reacts to this schedule.

      If she is still getting bloated, you could try 6 small meals each day.

      It’s also worth noting that the bloating/shaking could be a reaction to the specific food. If you try feeding her very small meals and she is still shaking/bloating then you might want to switch to a different food. Of course, in that kind of situation, your vet would be the person to seek further advice from.

      Hope that helps. Let me know how it goes.

      Laine @ Smiling Staffy

  8. My staffie is 10 weeks old, on a dry diet, was recommended by his breeder to feed 50gram X4 times a day. Have been doing exactly this. He’s doing great, looks good, loads of energy. But he eats fast and every meal within minutes. Am I feeding him enough? He is super active, Plays in the garden all day. Should I be giving him more food? Thank you

  9. Hello I have a 90 lbs. Staffie when he was a pup our vet recommended a cup and a half twice a day but as he got older he grew to be a large framed staffie and that was just not enough so she said 2 cups twice daily and I put a quarter can on the dry. I was just wondering if that’s a good diet. I read what you said about the food but he has always just loved kibbles and bits bistro . Does all of this sound normal because he seems to still be hungry! Thank you.

  10. Hi,
    My Kona gets hot spots often .. she is 16 months old & weighs 55 lbs.. suppose to be med size but is now on the larger side …she’s not fat looking … would 2 cups of food be good for her? What thoughts would you have about the hot spots ? Thanx

  11. Hi I have a 3 year old white bitch staffy she is fine when eating dry food but when we give her dog meat with biscuit when she has finished and goes outside to do business she comes in and whines can you give me some idea why she whines please

  12. Could someone recommend the best food to give our 6 week old staffy. It was disowned by its mother and it was best for us to take now then leave her at this house. I am thinking of lily’s kitchen dry mushed up with water, any advice would be great.

  13. Hi.
    I am due to get my 8 week old English staffy bulldog cross in 3 weeks and wondering what food and drink to start her on. Is there any specific dietry requirements for a puppy her age.
    Also, when training, is it ok to give treats as and when or would this cause harm.
    Thank You…

  14. Hi,

    We have a Staffy x Keplie who is pretty active. We think he is about 16 mths old (rescue) and we have had him on dry puppy food since we got him (approx 9 mths).

    Just wanted to know thoughts on Dry food vs a mix of Dry and Wet? We keep it grain free and add fruit and veg to his bowls every now and then as well as making homemade pumpkin and oat treats for training purposes. We also give him a bone now and then so was just wanting to know thoughts on if the Wet food is needed?



  15. Hi there , ive just happened across this site doing some weight checks for my staffie bitch . Im sorry this might be a long post but here goes .I recued her quite a while ago now and she was in bad health when i took her on especially her ears were really bad she now has problems with them which means regular vet visits .She is on apoquel to stop the itch which seem to work well .I had her allergy tested and she has quite a few food allergies inc beef, chicken ,fish , soy wheat and a few more so she is now on vets kitchen pork and potato grain free but she has food i cook her myself veg rice pork etc myself . She has a smallish bowl and 2 small meals per day , no treats and one dental stick we walk 30-45 mins x2 daily after being weighed she was around 17.5 kg but last visit she was around 19 kg but she has lost a little since then and has a very good shape .I didnt understand why she had put the weight on but then realised id been using apple as a training aid as she is very anxious around other dogs i should have thought about the fructose (fruit sugar ) .which ive now stopped using .She is a staff cross should i reduce her weight back to 17 kg my opinion was she looked a little to slim at that weight .Your help would be appreciated .Thanks Alison .

  16. Hi my staffy is 6 months old he had diarrhoea which was yellow and now it is a browny grey colour this has been the last 24 hours . We have been changing his diet a bit we have him sardines in his food yesterday and he had some plain cooked pizza base do you think this causes upset stomach . I usually feed him mince chicken or beef with rice and veg and good quality dry biscuits from the pet store .

    • I have a 4 month old male blue staff he is on the puppy forth glade duck and veg wet food.

      For the last week he has had diarrhoea everyday am I feeding him too much could this be causing it I’m feeding 3 times a day.

      Otherwise he is fit and healthy and so active in his exercise during his walks.

      • Hi Garry, thanks for commenting.

        If the diarrhoea has started since changing his food or amounts then it could certainly have something to do with that. All you can do is adjust either the food or the quantity and observe any changes.

        Of course, should the problem persist for much longer, get in touch with your vet for a proper diagnosis.

        I hope it gets sorted ASAP.

        Laine @ Smiling Staffy

  17. Just thought I’d share my feeding program with you all.
    My lil guy is 10 weeks old. For his wet food it’s a mix of meat, fat, liver, heart etc
    Dry is where he gets all his other minerals from
    25g of wet for morning training treats followed by another 25g and 5-10g of dry in his bowl. Same amount and routine for his late afternoon/dinner. He’s happy healthy and causing mayhem😀

  18. I have a staffy mix. He weighs about 70 to 80 lbs. He gets acid reflex issues (throwing up bile in the early am. I now feed 4 times a day. I feed him a holistic food (chicken & chicken livers with grains due to heart problems dogs are having (Halo). I add on a small garnish of fresh boiled, chopped chicken (as a enticer) and carrots as he needs fiber for bulk to help with with his anal gland release. He is mixed with McNab Border Collie. He get one cup each feeding. It adds up to 4 cups a day. He is trim, shiny black coat and clean teeth.


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