April 05, 2022

In praise of the smiling ones ....

Monday 4th April, 2022

Source: JordanDogTraining

Staffordshire Bull Terriers, affectionately known as Staffies, are shorthaired, pure bred dogs ... with origins in the county of Staffordshire, in the West Midlands in the UK. Staffies were bred to be fighting dogs, in times when that was an acceptable form of entertainment. Obviously that is no longer the case.

However, in the wrong hands, these beautiful dogs can become aggressive, as indeed can any dog with those genes. Some people who wish to appear 'hard', often though not exclusively young men, think having a dog that also looks 'hard' is a good idea. They also think it's a good idea to mistreat these poor creatures, or train them to be aggressive. Thus poor Staffies get a bad reputation. Their superficial resemblance to Pit Bull Terriers doesn't help. As ever, it's not the dog, it's the owner at fault.

People who are ignorant of dog breeds and of the real facts become fearful, and this fear spreads. Battersea Dogs and Cats home, one of the largest and most reputable shelters in the UK, find Staffies the hardest dogs to rehome. Often Staffies make up 50% of the dogs in their care. So very sad. 

As with all dogs, provided that Staffies are properly trained and socialised when they are puppies, there's no problem. Known as the 'smiling dog', they are fearless and intelligent, super affectionate, reliable, loyal and courageous. The cuddliest of cuddly dogs. They love people and form strong bonds with their families. They are so playful and patient with children that they are also nicknamed 'nanny dogs'.

Staffies are the softest most loving dogs. Far from being aggressive, they are more likely to lick you to death.  All they want to do is please you, to be with you and to love you. 

Source: heart.co.uk

Source: pibblesandbits.com

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