There are plenty of crossbreeds, as you would expect, for one of the UK’s most beloved dog breeds, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Or, as breeders love to refer to them, “designer dogs.”
However, one of the rarest and probably the most difficult to find is the Staffypoo.
What is a Staffy x Poodle?
The Staffy x Poodle is a crossbreed between the Staffy and a Poodle. Poodles come in three sizes Toy, Miniature, and Standard. Typically, the cross would be between the Miniature Poodle and the Staffy. However, that’s not to say all three types couldn’t be used.
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When it’s either the Toy or Miniature Poodle, the female of the two parents would be the Staffy, whereas if a Standard Poodle were in the mix, the roles would reverse, and the mother would become the Poodle.
One of the main appearance features of “designer dogs” is their unpredictability. Until the puppies are born, quite frankly, you never know what to expect. Genetics never work the way dog breeders want so literally; anyone’s guess is who the puppies take after, mum or dad.
What Is a Staffy Poodle Cross Called?
The mix goes by various names, depending on what the breeder finds the most attractive. But you’ll find them called variously:
- Staffy Poo
- Staffy Poodle
Staffy Poodle Characteristics
Starting with the smallest Poodle, the Toy, they can be no taller than ten inches and must weigh less than nine pounds. Miniatures typically must be between eleven and fifteen inches, whereas the Standard is always over fifteen inches and can often grow as tall as twenty-two inches. Naturally, the Standard is the much heavier dog as well, with males weighing between forty-five and seventy pounds.
On the other hand, Staffordshire Bull Terriers have only one available size; however, they can vary a little. Typically a Staffy would weigh between twenty-four to twenty-eight pounds and reach sixteen to eighteen inches.
It’s also going to be challenging to predict the type of coat and colour the puppies will inherit. Staffies have a short, shiny low-maintenance coat that you’ll only need to give a quick brush down once every week or so. There are various colours, including black, white, red, blue, fawn, and each of those colours can have white markings.
Poodles have a single dense coat that grows similarly to human hair. It continually grows and will need regular maintenance and cutting. When a Poodle’s hair dies and falls out, it becomes trapped in the coat and rarely falls, so it might seem like it never sheds. Poodles also have coats that can be a solid colour or multi-coloured; there is a massive variety.
In each litter of Staffypoos, you will see the many different coat lengths, types, and colours.
How Long Do Staffy Poodles Live?
Poodles tend to live between 12 to 15 years and Staffies between 12 to 14 years. If your Staffypoo is healthy, you could expect them to live between 12 and 15 years.
Staffy Poodle Temperament
Both Staffies and Poodles are highly intelligent dogs, with the Poodle exceptionally smart. After all, these dogs were trained as circus performers in the past.
Poodles and Staffies are family-oriented dogs; they enjoy spending time with family and are fun-loving and lively dogs that love to please their people. Neither dog does well when left alone for long periods and can develop some behavioural issues if left to themselves for too long.
Therefore, you can expect a mix of these two to produce puppies of a similar temperament. However, if the Staffypoo mix has a Toy Poodle parent, there might be some issues with dog aggression, so something to watch out for if you prefer the smaller sized Staffypoo.