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Don't always believe What You Read
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Member Name: kemo_2002
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Advantages: lovable family dog
*** My Staffy Background ***
We had our first Staffy 13 years ago, he was all black and we had him from a puppy, his name was Luigi, a year later we got another, this time a female called Pepa who was light brown in colour. I can't tell you how different they were, Luigi was playful, loveable and very funny! Pepa was a trouble maker and would only have hugs and kisses when SHE wanted them.
When Pepa was just over 1, she got pregnant (totally by accident - we tried to keep them apart!) She had 8 puppies in total, they all went to family or friends, we kept one - we called him Pookie! When I moved out, I took Pookie & Pepa with me.
Unfortunately Pepa died this year aged 12 and Luigi died the day after aged 13, we still have Pookie, who still acts as though he is a puppy!
*** My Opinion **
Staffy get such a bad reputation because they are so closely linked to pit bulls, I think its nonsense that ALL staffs' are dangerous, because they are not, I believe it is they way they are brought up. If a dog is locked outside and has no love, attention, no exercise then your putting yourself in the situation of having a dangerous dog. Staffs get board so easily so they are no good cooped up inside all day on their own.
However I am not saying that you can trust a Staffy 100%, because I'm not. You cannot trust any dog 100%, and staffs are no different. I recently read about a Staffy that attacked a 3 year old, family dog, seen the child before - it just snapped. Unfortunately this can happen with any dogs, its just that the likes of Staffys have a locking mechanism in their jaw, and when they bite, they clamp down so its going to be very difficult to get it off.
I'm not saying this to scare anyone, its just you have to be aware if these things before you buy one! In saying that, staffys are one of the most lovable dogs in my opinions, they are fantastic with kids, other pets, other dogs - if you bring it up right, you will reap the rewards of a fantastic dog
To me, they are like humans, all of our staffs have had different personalities from being nosey, to cheeky to being a TV bug!
Like I said before I think staffys are great with children, we had our dog 10 years before we had a baby, when introducing his to her, at first we put her blanket in his basket so he got the smell of her, then introduced slowly, now, he adores her. She will sit playing with him all day long, and he loves it because staffys like to play, he's not at all boisterous and follows her around like well, like a dog! I would say though, that I have never, and would never leave her alone with him, but then even if we had a small dog, I would never leave her alone with it, as I don't think you can trust any dog 100%.
Staffy are quite muscular dogs and need lots of space and exercise, they love to run and love the water! They are pretty easy to care for, they don't require special food, but if your not careful that muscle can turn onto fat.
On the flip side, they love nothing more than jumping onto your lap and cuddling up in front of the TV with you, they are very loveable animals and become part of the family.
Our dog likes hot water bottle, blankets and duvets, he is a real softy. As regards to other animals, our have always got on fine with cats, dogs, rabbits if you introduce them in the right way, he only ever chased the birds outside (but never caught them)
Be careful with your fences, you may not believe it but they are excellent jumpers, so make sure your fence is high enough!
*** Conclusion ***
I love everything about staffys, I can understand why people are wary of them, but they really are family dogs, its all in the way a dog is treated to how it behaves. I hope I am aloud to post links, but this video on You Tube says it all (staffy lovers will love this video!)
If a had to give a warning (no a negative, just a warning) don't buy a staffy if you want him for the scare factor, that's not what they are for at all! They are family dogs, and if treated right, will give you a best friend for life. The amount of staffys you see on RSPCA adverts who have bought them and then decide they don't want them, do your research before you buy, I know this is a bit cliché, but the are a lifetime commitment, one I will never regret.
Summary: Love them