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Everything you need to know about the French Bulldog cross Staffy

French Bulldog and Staffordshire Bull Terrier dog advice
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The French Bulldog cross Staffy is a confident, happy and intelligent dog. This crossbreed is would be a great family pet as they are great with children. Let's meet the French Bulldog cross Staffy.

By Dawn Parrish

Also known as a Frenchie Staff, this crossbreed takes the power and strength from its parent breed the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the affectionate, playful character of the French Bulldog.  Let's meet the parent breeds:

The French Bulldog cross Staffy parent breeds

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier dog
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The ancestry of the Staffordshire terrier begins in the 19th century in England. Around this time, dog breeders were producing muscular, active dogs by using the Bulldog and several other terrier breeds. As a result of this union, the Staffordshire bull terrier was produced.

The Staffy is known for its bold, courageous nature and also for being an intelligent dog. However, this breed can sometimes be stubborn and it will need a firm training. The Staffy is great with children, and owns it's nickname "Nanny's dog". Their reputation for being aggressive in unfounded! The Staffy absolutely loves to give affection, they love to play and are full of energy. They are a real pleasure to have around.

French bulldog

The French Bulldog dog
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Originally known as the French terrier, it began its inauguration in Nottingham City, UK, also around the time of the 19th century. They were initially bred by the craftsmen of the Lace Makers Guild, to be used as small, companion dogs. During the industrial revolution, many of these lace makers fled to France, taking their lap-dogs along too. In France, this little dog appeared to be very popular, where it picked up the title of the French bulldog.

The French Bulldog thrives human contact. They love to play and also adore chilling with their owner, making them one of the best companion dogs in the world. This breed is intelligent and easy to train. Make sure you make the training fun and you'll have a well behaved French Bulldog. They don't need a great amount of exercise throughout the day, but will definitely need their daily walk, like any other dog. This breed is very gentle and is great with children. 

Physical Characteristics of the French Bulldog cross Staffy

Taking after the parent stock, this crossbreed appears as quite a thickset, sturdy dog. Due to their parentage, they are small to medium in size. With a rounded skull, a square-shaped head and an average length muzzle.

The Frenchie Staff has very expressive eyes, round and dark brown in colour. Certainly, it’s distinctive, bat-like ears which are placed high on the head and held either at half prick or erect make the breed more individual.

The appealing appearance of these dogs, with solid bodies and short legs, depends on which of the parent’s genes they inherit. The tail which is usually shorter than the length of the body has a tapered end.

Coat colourways include fawn, cream, white, brindle or grey.

Height: 13 to18 inches
Weight: 28 to 45 lbs
Lifespan: Around 10 to 12 years

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The French Bulldog cross Staffy temperament and personality

The French Bulldog cross Staffy is an intelligent, happy dog that makes a great family pet. Usually very obedient and always aiming to please their owners. If you are someone who has owned dogs previously and have experience of their needs, you should be fine with a French Bulldog cross Staffy. Certainly, as they are quite sociable dogs, they love to feel as though they’re part of the family but ignore him at your peril.

With early socialising from a young age, your French Bulldog cross Staffy puppy will soon understand the degree of behaviour that you will expect. As a result of their breeding, you do need to be aware of their courageous and protective nature to prevent any fighting or aggression. On the other hand, the Frenchie Staff makes a loveable and devoted pet. Good with both children and adults, they are the ultimate companion dog.

Common health issues

The two main health issues of the French Bulldog cross Staffy are congenital heart disease and hip dysplasia. Other minor health concerns can be cataracts and skin allergies.

The French Bulldog parent may be brachycephalic, having a flattened face and a short muzzle. Because of this body shape, genetic health issues may arise. Breathing, skin and spinal problems can all be an issue in brachycephalic breeds.

Feeding Guidelines for the French Bulldog cross Staffy

Feed a moderate amount of food twice daily. Offer a well-balanced diet for optimum health benefits. Give your dog plenty of protein to maintain fitness and energy levels but avoid a diet rich in grains and wheat to avoid flatulence problems.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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How to groom a French Bulldog cross Staffy

The Frenchie Staff is an easy dog to look after. Due to its short, glossy coat, brushing your dog twice a week should suffice. You only need to bathe your dog when it is really necessary, otherwise, regular grooming will keep him looking slick.

Take care to keep his ears free from any debris to prevent any infection. Follow this grooming session with a clip of his nails and brush his teeth, and he will be in tip-top condition.

Training and exercising the French Bulldog cross Staffy

Expect to take your dog for at least a daily walk to burn off some energy. With minimal exercise requirements, expect long periods of lounging around at home, interspersed with short naps.

A French Bulldog cross Staffy can be quite protective and territorial but don’t expect him to be a fantastic guard dog. Don’t presume your dog will bark at strangers or alert you to danger. He is more likely to let you know he needs feeding or he just needs something.

Although they are not generally an aggressive breed, if provoked they will fight. For this reason, it’s imperative to socialise them with other dogs and people from a young age, to prevent any future problems.

It is crucial that any pup from the French Bulldog cross Staffy breed is trained from a young age. This will ensure that strict boundaries and rules are in place.

The French Bulldog cross Staffy breed make loving companion and will cetainly set out to obey their owner. As a rule they are quite placid pets, but when provoked they may just prove how courageous they actually are. The last thing you need is a dog fight to deal with.

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