Just that really. We are currently looking for a rescue dog and have no criteria other than that we have two dc aged 4& 6 and, having rarely sat on our own sofa together over the last 10 years , we would like something a fair bit smaller than the beautiful, sofa-hogging lurcher we recently had pts. We would also like a dog with more of a playful disposition than he had (he was a fantastic dog - not a criticism of him) and for the dog to be as young as possible, definitely no older than 2.
I have been ruling out staffies without really thinking about why. I suppose I had assumed they were aggressive. However, the more I look, the more it seems that we may be waiting a very long time for a dog unless we consider a staffy and I keep seeing all this stuff on websites about how unfair their reputation is.
Is it? Does anyone have any experience of this breed? Can they be great family pets?
What Greyhorses said is similar to my own experience. Several people have mentioned them killing cats etc - our local RSPCA will not rehome them to homes with other pets for this reason but that is part of their terrier instinct and does not mean they are people aggressive that is totally unrelated. Its the reason I don't have one though as I have cats and rabbits too.
My main concern about rehoming a Staffy would be that the ones i've seen in my local rspca are hyperexcitable and untrained, meaning a lot of pulling on the lead and jumping up - all things that can be fixed but as they are so strong might be a bit much with a 4 year old in the house, might get knocked over lots. I do think that otherwise they tend to be good family pets.
I personally would at least go and meet a few - you might meet the right staffy for you if you give them a chance, or you might decide they're not for you (massively different personality than a lurcher!).
If you decide against a Staffy in the end, going to a breed-specific rescue might be better for you?
I think they do tend to be anxious dogs so more prone to separation anxiety - one of the main reasons people abandon dogs in my experience working with rescue centres. This, plus they are often bought by people with less money (who may later find themselves with even less money or in a housing situation in which they cannot provide for a dog) is maybe why so many are in rescue centres.
They are in rescues because of utter knobheads who either:
A: Are sheep and believe the negativity before they have even bothered to come to their own conclusion B: Get them hoping for a snarling bastard and all they get is a soft lump who wants to sleep and fart all the time C: They manage to tap into the SBTs nature of wanting to please and be good for their owners, but then they cant be arsed with them so they hand over a broken damaged dog for someone else to try and sort out
I see a poster has commented on how they wouldnt let their child be friends with someone who had an SBT. To you I say I wouldnt let YOUR child be friends with mine if they have a parent who makes screaming assumptions about others. Woudl make me wonder WTF else you are weird about and the whole friendship would just be too much like hard work.
None of them are photos of the actual dog involved, so they're being picked on purpose to represent a dog after an attack...and notice that with the collies and the lab it's stated what good family pets they are regarded to be by experts, but these are the same experts that also recommend staffies and that's never mentioned.