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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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6 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

    • 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

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