After losing our darling boy 7 weeks ago aged 12 we never thought we could have another dog but dd has offered to dogsit while we both work so off to see staffy pups aged 4 weeks tomorrow . I am so excited Will never replace our boy but we have so much love to give a new dog .
aw - have you considered a rescue staffie? When we went to the rescue 2 years ago I was all against staffies - but then our Staffie boy chose us - hes great - he was only a year old at the time and no behaviour probs no hes settled down and a bit less hyper
Yes that is a thought , at least at 6 months they are still small . Need to nag hubby about a rescue . We did try for rescue staff before we got our darling boy and they were so discouraging , with many rules we gave up and got a pup .
There are lots of staffie puppies in rescues, as well as older dogs, so you never know, if you phone/visit a few you might strike lucky, especially as staffies are often overlooked in kennels so they are always really keen to hear from people who want one.
That said, I can understand that if you've already arranged to view a litter, you are bound to be smitten.
Here's a link with the health tests they should have done.
To be honest I'd add ask them if they're keeping one back and if not, why not? With the situation of staffies in rescues I wouldn't be paying money to someone who's just adding to that and not breeding because they want a dog to show from. There are thousands of staffies in rescues that would make brilliant pets and unless they're breeding stunning examples I don't see any point to breeding more. 9000 a year die simply because they turn up as strays, I wouldn't want to encourage anyone to add to that.
I want to be pleased for you, I really do, but while there are probably thousands of dumped/unwanted STBs languishing in rescue centres right now, I find it hard to believe that someone who truly loves their breed would justify buying a puppy at the moment.
They were beautiful and after weighing up pros and cons of pup versus rescue we have chosen pup ... Mainly because we have a 16 year old staff who is, nt great with other dogs due to being s rescue herself But she Is very good with pups and young dogs , so we have chosen our future darling dog , he is a blue staffy and will be called Blue . We will have him on 9th august . We are so very excited , it is a friend down the road that has him so we plan to visit often so he gets used to us