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Why are rescue centres full of staffies?

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lecce Tue 09-Jul-13 21:09:34

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 grin, 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?

sleepdodger Tue 09-Jul-13 21:11:15

Many people will be along to tell you they're lovely friendly dogs with kids
But sadly, like many breeds they've been instead and many of them seem to suddenly turn...

shazbean Tue 09-Jul-13 21:18:45

Staffies can be lovely dogs if you have them from pups but rescue centres we went to cannot guarantee their background.
They are a popular breed amongst young men and, without trying to be funny, within deprived areas.
People are much less likely to be able to afford to neuter the dogs and or breed them to make a bit of cash so rescue centres are brimful with them.
It's a real shame.

MacaYoniandCheese Tue 09-Jul-13 21:19:04

They look very menacing and frightening. I know people say they're lovely but I think it's a pretty anti-social choice, TBH. I wouldn't let my children play at a friend's house if they owned one. There are weekly stories about them attacking small dogs and children....a particularly gruesome one last week sad.

jemstipp Tue 09-Jul-13 21:21:28

That's just it, the stereotypes of the dog and the people who own them is enough unfortunately and with all the mis handling very hard to trust one that you haven't reared yourself and even then there are people who'd say stay well away.

Pantone363 Tue 09-Jul-13 21:24:20

I would have one from a trusted breeder as a puppy. I wouldn't touch a rescue centre staffie with a barge pole.

Helpyourself Tue 09-Jul-13 21:24:20

Get a female one as young as you can. I've never met a nasty one, but any dog, if brutalised can turn.
We have a Staffie I would and do trust 100%

shazbean Tue 09-Jul-13 21:26:06

I won't tell you what breed I have then.

Helpyourself Tue 09-Jul-13 21:27:51


mrslaughan Tue 09-Jul-13 21:29:12

My dog is best friends with 2 staffs - they are lovely and I often walk my dog with them with my 3 1/2 year old =- she loves them. Interestingly as boisterous as they are in playing with my dog and greeting me - they have never knocked her over, which I think shows a lovely awareness.

It is all about the dog and its upbringing. Don't judge a book by its cover.

BlueEyeshadow Tue 09-Jul-13 21:30:13

One killed MIL's cat. Nuff said.

shazbean Tue 09-Jul-13 21:32:28

I just really dislike that a whole breed of dog is vilified because of this kind of thing. I know there are dangerous breeds and of course any normal person would not choose to bring that into their home.
But the majority of dogs, whatever breed, if trained and treated correctly respond accordingly. And if you do happen to be unlucky enough to pick a wrong'un then you'll know fairly sharpish and be able to deal with it.

Magnificunt Tue 09-Jul-13 21:33:27

We have a staffy we've had from a puppy, and she's great with my DC, and anyone else's. but as with ALL dogs, you can never be 100% sure, especially so with rescue dogs because you'll never be certain of their background.

SilkySocksSinkShips Tue 09-Jul-13 21:34:33

They look menacing and frightening?! How can this look menacing! Like any dog, as long as they are being reared properly, with love and care, they make fantastic family dogs. They seem to be seen as a bit of a 'status' dog but, if going by my area, so are German shepherds with young people.

They do have a bad rep. Shame really. However, I've known of more jack russells attacking humans than staffies (in my local area). They are notoriously nippy.

imawigglyworm Tue 09-Jul-13 21:35:05

They are stupidly over bred too. As too many people see it as quick easy money until they cant rehome them, then they end up in rescue centres.
As said above any dog without the correct training or care can end up being vicious unfortunately. But that doesn't mean ALL staffies are bad.

expatinscotland Tue 09-Jul-13 21:36:38

Because it's seen as a chav dog.

Turniphead1 Tue 09-Jul-13 21:37:01

I have to say I largely find them fairly unattractive dogs. Sorry to Staffy owners.

I think others have said above why the majority of rescue centre dogs seem to be Staffs at the moment. Very popular dogs amongst a demographic that are not necessarily good dog owners and buy them to look tough / decorate with studded collars etc. (clearly vast generalisation - lots of lovely good Staffy owners).

We meet a lot of Staffs on walks and never have had a problem. I don't shy away from letting my pup play with them if they are off lead.

shazbean Tue 09-Jul-13 21:37:56

Exactly Silky.
We had Yorkies when I was growing up and they were fab but our neighbours one took a nice nip out of DDs knee and she is scared of them.

imawigglyworm Tue 09-Jul-13 21:38:01

I was just about to mention Jack russells too sillysocks

expatinscotland Tue 09-Jul-13 21:38:14

It's cross bred a lot, too, so you don't know what you're getting.

RandomMess Tue 09-Jul-13 21:38:41

We've been looking at rehoming a dog, dh refuses to consider a staffie or similar looking breeds etc because "they are chav dogs" so yep the reputation of who owns them for him.

imawigglyworm Tue 09-Jul-13 21:38:42

Sorry silky not silly opps blush

Turniphead1 Tue 09-Jul-13 21:38:46

I expect in a couple of years there will be as many husky / wolf type dogs in rescue homes though ...

YoniRanger Tue 09-Jul-13 21:39:43

I think all rescue dogs are a risk because you just don't know what's gone before.

My collie is generally a rug full of cuddles unless you touch his back then he will bite you in the face. I've had him 5 years and the list of things he can't stand has become shorter with buckets of love and patience but he will never be able to be around other dogs or traffic.

He was also at least 5 years older than the centre said he was. They promised me he was no trouble as I had tiny amounts of experience.

We are lucky to have land enough for him to live his last couple of years out in peace and quiet, dog king of all he surveys grin

imawigglyworm Tue 09-Jul-13 21:42:10

Huskys are being overbred too atm and because people don't have the time to give them the care they need (ALOT of exercise and very strong dogs) they are ending up in resuces more and more too. There will always be a 'fad' dog back in the 80's it was german shepards/Alsatians.

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