Staffordshire Bull Terriers are active, full of life and are happiest when they are outdoors getting mucky! As well as being full of energy, Staffies have short coat hair and they shed their hair all year round. So it is always a good idea to have a few staffy grooming tools at hand just so you can keep on top of it all.
Even though short coat breeds are pretty low maintenance in terms of brushing, having a grooming routine will help you bond with your Staff, as well as keep them clean and tidy.
So lets take a look at the different areas you might want to consider when grooming a staffy and will take a look at the best grooming products for Staffies that can help you keep them clean, happy and ready to go!
The cornerstone of dog grooming is always going to be brushing. Whilst smooth coat dogs such as Staffordshire Bull Terriers dont need as much brushing as dogs that have long hair, it is still important to brush your Staffy, It will keep your Staffies hair clean, tangle free. An extra benefit that not many people know about, it helps distributes natural oils and stimulates blood flow keeping the skin healthy.
Most importantly though, and again something that many people ignore, is the bonding that occurs between the owner and dog when brushing them. Which for us in invaluable!
FURminator Deshedding Tool For Short Hair
The FURminator products have been the leaders in deshedding tools and brushes for a while now. Simply put they are the best options for deshedding your Staffy. This option would be the best for Staffies as it is specifically designed for short hair (hair under 2 inches long). As Staffies are a short coated breed it works perfectly.
The comb is designed to reach underneath the top coat, removing lose or dead hair from underneath.
Ancol Soft Bristle Brush
The Ancol Soft Bristle Brush is a really soft and gentle brush that your Staffy will absolutely love. It’s soft bristles produces a relaxing experience for your dog and is a great option for when you want to bond and spend some time petting your dog.
Now for something a little different!…
The KONG ZoomGroom is a great brush to use when shampooing your dog. It acts as a massage tool as well as a tool to remove dead hairs. This nifty little gadget also stimulates capillaries, encourages natural oil production, all helping towards your Staffy having healthy skin and a healthy coat.
The Kong zoomGroom comes in two colours (Blue and Pink) and two sizes (adult and puppy).
FURminator Curry Comb for Dogs
The ergonomically designed FURminator Curry Comb for Dogs is specifically designed for short haired dogs so its the perfect grooming tool for Staffies. The comb removes hair and dust with ease as it glides through the hair thanks to it’s design, that glides over the dogs body.
This is a great option to try especially if your dog isn’t too keen on the fine combs. This option is less intense and works just as well!
Pet Grooming Glove Brush
At first glance these gloves might look a little ridiculous but these grooming gloves work a treat! They gather up loose hair whilst enabling you to give a more of a gentle and personal grooming experience. Another good option if your dog isn’t too keen on the fine combs and runs a mile at first sight of one!
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Bathing
Although we don’t recommend washing your Staffy too regularly, it is always advisable to give a quick bath if your Staffy has rolled in something smelly or is covered in mud. We are all aware of how much Staffies love to roll in fox poo! It is just one of those things you have to deal with when you are out walking your Staffordshire Bull Terrier in the countryside.
Shampoos For Staffies
When choosing the right dog shampoo for Staffies we would always highly recommend a gentle shampoo that isn’t too strong or one that doesn’t contain lots of nasty ingredients.
Groom Professional Baby Fresh Shampoo
Groom Professional Baby Fresh shampoo is one of the most popular dog shampoos on Amazon. I has natural deep cleansers and that lovely baby powder scent. It cleans deep, yet it will not irritate the skin. It also contains Aloe Vera to soothe and nourish the skin. The Aloe Vera also acts as a natural hair conditioner to promote hair growth and reduce dandruff.
Natural Dog Shampoo
In the same way as human skin and hair, a dogs coat and hair can have unwanted reactions to products that contain too much chemicals. If you are worried about using a shampoo that contains chemicals or if your Staffy has had a reaction such as a rash or dry skin after using a shampoo then perhaps a natural shampoo could be the answer. Natural Shampoos promote a healthy, hydrated skin and coat, whereas shampoos containing chemicals can cause dry itchy, scaly skin with poor hair quality, lacking moisture and shine.
A Natural product can generally be defined as one that uses ingredients that exist as part of our ecosystem and utilise their natural, healing and enriching properties to work perfectly with your pet’s sensitive skin.
Cooper And Gracie Dog Shampoo
We are a big fan of Cooper And Gracie Dog Shampoo and regularly use it on our Staffies. The Cooper and Gracie Shampoo is 100% natural, plant bases and contains no Sulphates enabling the natural properties to heal and replenish the skin and hair. Another big bonus for us is that it is not tested on animals and is animal cruelty free.
They also help support dog charities around the world with proceeds from their sales. Good on you Cooper and Gracie!
Fox Poo Shampoo
Every dog owner knows how horrible it is when your dog rolls in fox poo. Fox poo is the kind of smell that just lingers for days and days! Dogs like to roll in smelly stuff like this, it is widely believed, in order to mask their scent. A throw back to old times when their ancestors where hunting, masking their scent would give them an advantage. Now a days though it seems the naughty pooches do it simply to annoy us! Luckily for us there are fox poo dog shampoos especially designed for when your dog rolls in fox poo.
Animology Fox Poo Shampoo
The Animology Fox Poo Shampoo, specifically designed to tackle the strong smell of fox poo, is the perfect solution for when your dog rolls in fox poo. It’s 100% vegan, designed with a easy to rinse formula enabling less time for skin irritation to occur. The Built in conditioners and pro-vitamin B5 leave a lovely shine to your dogs hair and we have found it actually does get rid of the that nasty fox poo smell