Staffies are wonderful pets and rank highly among the top dogs with children.
They have ended up in rescue mainly because of unscrupulous breeders simply overbreeding them for money and then rehoming them, often to the wrong people.
he Staffordshire Bull Terrier has been much maligned in recent years due to it being confused by many people with the pit bull terrier that has been the subject of some controversy.
Staffies, as they are sometimes known, are much like any other dog, in that if they are trained and cared for correctly from young, they make excellent pets. They do have some natural traits that prospective new keepers should be aware of:
They are exceptionally strong for their size
They can be aggressive towards other dogs
Like most terriers, they have high energy levels and are attention-seekers
They are naturally very friendly towards children and adults
They will learn tricks and be intelligent, highly amusing and mischievous when well-adjusted, but while young they are very much a "here and now" dog, and teasing them is a bad idea. It can rapidly instill the wrong kind of behavior which will prove time-consuming to correct.