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Is this true about Staffys?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by PoisonGirl, Apr 21, 2011.


  1. PoisonGirl

    PoisonGirl Banned

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    I read something that said because Staffy's have such large muscles in their throats, it is difficult for them to regulate their temperature as easy as other dogs.


    Any staff I know, when they get cold they do shiver alot more than other dogs I know but I've never read anything like this before.
     
  2. Nonnie

    Nonnie PetForums VIP

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    It is true that they are more prone to overheating than many other breeds.
     
  3. PoisonGirl

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    I shared it on my FB wall and the pet groups anyway, as I know alot of staff owners.

    I'll be taking my sspca posters about dogs in cars that I printed off, unreal the amount of idiots that leave their dogs in the cars with only a window or two cracked open :(
    I left 3 posters on windscreens yesterday poor massive hairy dog left in a car parked in direct sunnight :( And one lab type dog that was stressed and jumping around and barking :(
     
  4. Nonnie

    Nonnie PetForums VIP

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    FYI, its because of their shortened airways.

    The fact many dont know when to quit bouncing around wont help either.
     
  5. paddyjulie

    paddyjulie PetForums VIP

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    wow...i didn't know that !!!

    Wonder if mine are similar?

    juex
     
  6. newfiesmum

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    I don't know much about staffies, but I would have thought an hour in direct sunlight would be too much for any dog. I am never sure at the moment whether it is too warm for my two to go out, they really do feel the heat, but I am a cold morsel and when everyone has been walking about half naked this week, I still have my jumper on!

    Why anyone takes the dog anywhere if he is going to be left in a car is quite beyond me.
     
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    I dont think Staffies are more prone to heat problems then some other breeds, like Bulldogs and Pugs or big fluffy b****rs! If they were then you would get way more of them collapsing thanks to the chav numpties who spend all day hanging out in high streets with them..:mad:
    But any warnings geared at those type of owners (who all have Staffs anyways!) cant be bad.;)
    Ive worked out that the dogs can happily take more heat then me anyways so its unlikely Id have them out for too long. And in the winter I know that when I need a jumper/coat then Heidi needs a jumper/coat too!:D
     
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    I find it strange that anyone would let their dogs run around in these temperatures anyway :confused:

    Mine are walked early morning and late evening. If for any reason I cant take them those times I just take them in the wood which is cooler than the open fields.

    And as for people who leave dogs in cars in this weather - they want shooting :mad:
     
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    Snoringbear PetForums VIP

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    Sounds completely ridiculous to me.
     
  10. Phoenix&Charlie'sMum

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    Cooling down by putting them in a lake? this can cause shock! You have to slowly cool them down not drop them in a cold lake!?

    Any dog can over-heat. I dont see the diff tbh. I had a staffy and he used to get hot the same as my lurchers.:confused:
     
  11. bingblazenskyla

    bingblazenskyla PetForums Member

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    not sure tbh - bings is a staffy x n apart from getting tired after being outside walking for about 45 mins he is fine no matter what the weather - i put the 45 min maximum walking down to the fact he is old n he does get tired quicker

    surely the above can be about any dog tho

    also theres no way in hell i could walk my boy on a harness because he walks behind me so a collar is easier for him
     
  12. Honey Bee

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    Yes this is definitely true about other breeds but it also depends on the individual dog, which is the same for people. One of my Maltese was at a dog show and we were waiting by the ring in pleasant sunshine. He got heat stroke and needed to be cooled down as he was semi-conscious. We did this with cloths dipped in cool water.

    In my experience you should never immerse a dog with heat or sun stroke in cold water as the shock of the temperature difference is more likely to kill them.

    Bobby recovered quickly with the above treatment but I withdrew him from the show and took him home. Walking early in the morning and evening are just sensible precautions.
     
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