following on from what to consider when adopting a dog here is the first breed specific breakdown, my favourite breed the Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Overview of the Staff
Staffordshire Bull terriers were bred from the larger more aggressive breeds with the faster more tenacious Terrier, creating the breed largely grouped, by the USA at least, among the Pit Bull family, however exempted from the Dangerous Dogs acts in the United Kingdom and Australia.
Originally designed to bring down a bull, in the barbaric sports of the 18th century of Bull baiting or bear baiting.
Staffies are listed with the following traits
- Living between 12 to 14 years.
Reputation of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Make no mistake, known in the United Kingdom as Nursemaid dogs, before their undeserved reputation as a Status dog, the staffy is a walking Love machine packed full of affection, (in my experience connect with the female of the household) But as a breed tends not to get on with other dogs.
The Staff needs an experienced owner who can temper their headstrong breed, a small but powerful Breed of dog that comes in
- Red, although i would love to see what is meant by Red.
According to the internet the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is the fifth most popular breed in Great Britain, behind
- Cocker spaniel
- Springer spaniel
- German Shepherd
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- Border Terrier
- Cavalier King Charles spaniel
- Golden Retriever
In my personal experience, of Stella at least, Staffies are indeed headstrong and she is a little scavenger given the chance, she enjoys a lot of exercise, I try to walk her an average of 5 miles a day. Although she does buck the trend as she is left for an average of 6 hours a day depending on my and my fiancees working schedule. She has been a pleasant surprise but certainly lives up to the Staffs rep as not getting on with other dogs, with only 2 real “”friends” Rocky a Golden Retriever and my fiancees Friends dog, Alex.
I have detailed before how fortunate we are to live on the edge of Fridaywoods in Colchester, an ancient woodland where the Romans trained and now the Garrison at Colchester use as their training ground and long may that continue.
All research except personal Anecdotes via Google