Staffies – the debate

The Dangerous Dogs List

 

Staffies – the debate goes on, probably soon to be added to the Dangerous Dogs List, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier or, Staffy as they affectionately called, is really a victim of irresponsible ownership.

 

A medium sized, short haired breed, strong and muscular in stature, originally used for bull and bear baiting until blood sports were banned in the United Kingdom around 1835. Unfortunately this ban gave rise to the so called “Sport” of dog fighting as it is easier to hide these activities from the law

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Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

 

In time the Staffy we know today evolved and was accepted into The Kennel Club in May 1935. This was a feat in itself as The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club didn’t come into existence  until a month later, in June of that year. Normally the club is founded before Kennel Club recognition.

 

The modern Staffy is by temperament friendly, and affectionate to humans and enjoys human company immensely.

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The Chief Vet of the RSPCA, Mark Evans said this of staffies, and I quote.

Staffies have had a terrible press, but this is not of their own making—in fact they’re wonderful dogs. If people think that Staffies have problems, they’re looking at the wrong end of the dog lead! When well cared for and properly trained they can make brilliant companions. Our experience suggests that problems occur when bad owners exploit the Staffie’s desire to please by training them to show aggression

This coming from a man far better qualified than the “Clowns” in Westminster who are trying to put them down and include them on The Dangerous Dogs List.

 

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Staffy Pups.

 

The only problem with a staffy as far as I can see is the fact that many of them are owned by people that only want to exploit them for their own ends. Unfortunately they attract this type of owner because they know they can manipulate the dogs in this way, but they would do it whatever the breed.

 

You can’t blame the dog or the breed  for that, the dog has no say in who’s ownership it ends up. It is time to root out these irresponsible owners even if it means vetting all Staffy owners to be sure that they are fit to be owners. I don’t think responsible owners would mind if it keeps their pet off the banned list.

 

While we are at it maybe the “Clowns of Westminster” should be put on a banned list as well, gag and muzzle them at the same time. I doubt that there would be any petitions raised to save them.

 

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Plus any Staffy owners or supporters reading this blog please feel free to us it any way you can to further your cause if it will help. Although not a Staffy owner myself, I do keep nine rescue dogs, mainly X shepherds, but I fully support your fight with the authorities on this matter.

 

Please leave your comment in the box below as usual. Good luck and hope you win the arguement.

 

Best Regards.

Mike.

 

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