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    Ditto to Natty

    Crossing an Amstaff to a Stafford gives you just that , an Amstaff x Stafford.
    Not an Irish Stafford
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    Quote Originally Posted by amylee View Post
    Hey everyone thanks for that!! This is my first time with a staffy! I always had labs prior...

    I have taken to the vet who says no fleas, im using at oatmeal based shampoo... I only added the conditioner because of the scratching and flaky skin to try ease if for her. I wash every 2 weeks justr cause during the day she is outside and then evenings and overnight is inside... I think you might be onto something about the grass etc she loves to sit in the vegi garden on top of the compost and on the grass. She got conjunctivitis from it for a week.

    I had her on Natures own and moved to holistic it hasnt changed.... but I do feed her tuna in brine or springwater... should I maybe try the tuna in oil instead? Im also wondering if the ducted heating might also be drying out her skin?!

    Irish staffy are a mix between the 2 they are slightly taller than the English but not as stocky so they have the leanness of the american...

    Ill post some photos to this link if I can figure it out But in the mean time you can look at photos of her with her brothers/sisters and mum and dad without signing up to FB

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    Is she the first puppy..adorable
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post

    And not trying to be rude, but a cross of two breeds gives you a crossbreed, not a new breed. The name "Irish" is added to these crossbreds to give them dollar value.

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    Just from a quick flick through the net Irish staffies refers to a very old breed of a staffy type/lines bred in Ireland a very long time ago. but then ALL dogs were crossbreeds once so im not sure why everyone is so sensitive when someone calls there dog a name, they are all dogs.

    It could well be an Irish staffy from this very old breed.

    Maybe the English staffies and Amstaffs were originally cross breeds of the Irish Staffy? Who knows, we wernt there at the time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by amylee View Post
    Hey everyone thanks for that!! This is my first time with a staffy! I always had labs prior...

    I have taken to the vet who says no fleas, im using at oatmeal based shampoo... I only added the conditioner because of the scratching and flaky skin to try ease if for her. I wash every 2 weeks justr cause during the day she is outside and then evenings and overnight is inside... I think you might be onto something about the grass etc she loves to sit in the vegi garden on top of the compost and on the grass. She got conjunctivitis from it for a week.

    I had her on Natures own and moved to holistic it hasnt changed.... but I do feed her tuna in brine or springwater... should I maybe try the tuna in oil instead? Im also wondering if the ducted heating might also be drying out her skin?!

    Irish staffy are a mix between the 2 they are slightly taller than the English but not as stocky so they have the leanness of the american...

    Ill post some photos to this link if I can figure it out But in the mean time you can look at photos of her with her brothers/sisters and mum and dad without signing up to FB

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...3&l=d965796488
    She is just gorgeous! Specially when she was a little puppy, Staffy pups always melt my heart. I agree wit Hya and Nattylou with regard to washing and brushing though. You probably only need to wash her every 4-6 weeks IMO. That's about how often my two get washed and they are inside as well. These breeds can shed a lot. I can brush 2 handfuls of hair off of Harley and still be able to get more off. It is crazy and not good if you don't like vaccuming the floor every few days!

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    I would go with a change of food as well. Try and find a grain free brand as some dogs have grain intolerances. She may also be reacting to chemicals in the conditioner so I would stop that. Try finding bottled fish oil at your local pet store and add a teaspoon of that to every meal.
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    My dogs also had itchy skin, so i started adding flaxseed oil (buy from the supermarket)a few times a week to there food, plus half a teaspoon of Braggs organic apple cider vinager (between 4 dogs) and bathe them with Neempet shampoo which is a neem oil based all natural shampoo available online and it has worked a treat.

    My dogs also eat raw chicken necks, fish and chicken or pet mince with phuds which i can mix the oil and vinager into.They have beautiful shiney coats and no itchies.

    Jadie is right, dogs shed a lot and we just have to brush often with a soft brush and start an ongoing affair with your vaacum cleaner.
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    Oh amylee - what a cute little pup !

    I agree with others - that you are washing her far too often and using the wrong sort of brush on your poor little pup.

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    Irish Staffordshires are recognised by the Irish Kennel Club and are pedigreed and purebred in that country. They are not recognised by the major confirmation kennel clubs around the world. I have never heard of any being imported into Australia at all, but I guess that doesn't mean that it has never happened.

    The dry skin is most likely to be caused by too frequent bathing which robs the skin of natural oil and lack of antioxidants in the diet. Unless rolling in cowdung has made a bath absolutely necessary, then just a wipe over with a damp cloth will keep them fresh. Also NEVER use a human shampoo or conditioner on a staffy-type dog. The ph level is wrong and their skin can be badly burned.

    Allergies and immune system problems are also common in staffies and the best defence is an immune system boosting diet. You have been given a lot of good advice already re diet, so by improving her diet and letting the natural oils in her skin come back, her coat will improve, and she will shed less (although most staffies do shed a fair bit - not as much as pugs though!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by RuralPug View Post
    Irish Staffordshires are recognised by the Irish Kennel Club and are pedigreed and purebred in that country.
    I'm Irish and I had never heard of them! Guess ya learn something new everyday!

    Really cute pup, amylee.

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    Baby shampoo should have a PH of 7 or slightly lower eg 6.5, ie slightly acidic - water is 7, and most skin is slighty acidic. I wouldn't use ordinary shampoo on the dog. I like baby shampoo cos it doesn't sting if it gets in your eyes.

    Old fashioned soap - is quite alkaline - and that would be bad for dog skin. But if she's rolled in sump oil - I don't care what it takes to get it off. Last time it took dish washing up detergent and biozet clothes washing powder, and I made sure it was very thoroughly rinsed off.

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