Staffordshire Bull Terriers, often called Staffies, may be the nation’s most misunderstood dog breed.
Once known as ‘Nanny dogs’ for their affinity with children, the reputation of the Staffie has been tarnished by a small minority of irresponsible dog owners who train their dogs to be aggressive. However, thousands of proud and responsible Staffie owners will tell you that Staffies are gentle, friendly dogs and a million miles away from the hard image they have been unfairly tarnished with. They adore human company and make fantastic family companions.
After years of caring for and re-homing Staffies at the charity, we know what wonderful, loving companions they can be. So, we’d like to help change the public’s current perception for the better. We’ve included everything you need to know about Staffies below, as well as some of our lovely Staffie residents seeking a forever home.
Staffies are highly intelligent, affectionate, fearless and reliable. They are one of only two breeds that the UK Kennel Club (the organisation responsible for operating the national register of pedigree dogs) deem to be suitable to live with children, out of over 190 other breeds. This is based on their genuine love of children, so much so that they have been referred to as ‘the nanny dog’ for decades. However, as with any dog, they should not be left unattended with small children.
When brought up, handled and trained with the patience and understanding needed by any dog, Staffordshire Bull Terriers make loyal, loving family pets.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was created in the early 19th century, from a cross between the Bulldog and a terrier, and thus combines the temperaments of the two breeds. The breed received Kennel Club recognition in 1935, and fast became a loving companion of the working class. It is only in the last decade that the Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s public image has been tarnished.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers are energetic dogs, requiring a vigorous 1-hour walk or play session every day. Being companion dogs, they must live indoors with the family.
Staffies can be quite stubborn when it comes to training, so a firm but fair approach is needed. Training classes are always a good idea – they will keep your Staffie’s mind focused and will help him to be less impulsive.
Staffies have a tendency to be antisocial when meeting unfamiliar dogs (especially males), so it is important to socialise them with others from an early age. Staffies also love to chew, especially as puppies, so make sure you provide plenty of chew toys and bones to satisfy their needs
You can contact us for further advice by calling: (01228) 560082.