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When do they slow down?

Post by ashleyk on Tue Oct 18 2016, 11:21

Clearly every dog is different but I just wondered at what age staffies typically slow down?

My girl is 10 now and has filled out a bit compared to when she was younger. She not quite as lightening fast as I recall when she was a two year old, but in terms of stamina she still has a lot in the tank and happy as Larry chasing toys up and down steep hills for an hour without stopping.

This is my first staffie and other dogs I have had in the past have never had this kind of energy or desire to run like this at her age.



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Re: When do they slow down?

Post by ashleyk on Tue Oct 18 2016, 11:30

Forgot to add that when we first got her from the RSPCA as a young adult dog they described her as "high energy". They weren't kidding!
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Post by LizP on Wed Oct 19 2016, 08:21

Or maybe the question is 'do they slow down?' Laughing

I think it depends on the dog. Some do quieten down but some just keep on going! It sounds like you've got one of the Duracell bunny ones!


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Re: When do they slow down?

Post by ashleyk on Wed Oct 19 2016, 08:49

I see some older staffies with grey hair around the nose but it's hard to tell with Bailey because she is white. Some of the 10/11 years olds we've come across simply go for quiet walks with lots of sniffing and I wondered if this slow down hits suddenly.

She is calm around the house but still remarkably active and alert when we go out. I am surprised to some extent because she is a big girl at 21 kilos and I expected her to slow down more.
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Post by LizP on Wed Oct 19 2016, 09:19

We have something the same with Nola. She's our lab x retriever (not a staffie!), but again they are breeds where you see elderly looking 6 year olds quite commonly. Nola is nearly 10 and doesn't know the meaning of the word 'slow'! We still get asked if she's a puppy Laughing

All I can say is long may both Bailey and Nola go on, because I know we'll both miss their energetic ways when the do eventually slow down.


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Re: When do they slow down?

Post by ashleyk on Wed Oct 19 2016, 09:43

I grew up with Bull Terriers and some would be more terrier in type with lean, agile bodies, while others were more bull like but less energetic. Nowadays they all seem to be huge and bull like, but not living very long...

Bailey seems to have acquired a bull type build but with terrier energy levels that have continued longer than expected. It's just the way she is but frankly I was expecting her to slow down before me and I struggle to keep up some days!

EDIT: I originally thought staffies would have similar energy levels to Bull Terriers but no Bull Terrier we had ever ran like this one. It feels like she needs to be exhausted to be really relaxed and happy.
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Re: When do they slow down?

Post by -Ian- on Wed Oct 19 2016, 11:14

My Flo is 10+ now and is slowing but not always. To explain, up until last year she was very active on walks, chasing squirrels at a rapid rate, however, this year she is much slower. She still chases the squirrels but certainly not as fast. As for chasing her Stix, well that hasn't diminished but she is slow to get going on the walk. By the end of the walk she's like she was a year ago so I think this is down to stiffness and she eases as the walk goes on.

There is one exception to the above and that is a beach. Put my Flo on a beach and she is like a puppy again, play bowing, digging, dancing about. She is simply so excited to be on a beach Big Grin


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Re: When do they slow down?

Post by ashleyk on Wed Oct 19 2016, 13:15

The only time I see real signs of age is when she has been asleep on the sofa for a couple of hours during the evening and then has go up the stairs. This involves a slow zigzag walk up the steps if she has run hard earlier in the day, but the next morning she is back to normal.
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Re: When do they slow down?

Post by Mia05 on Thu Oct 20 2016, 21:42

mia has her bad and good days at 13 sometimes she bounds like a puppy just makes u love them more

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