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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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South Cumbria owners rush to defence of ‘friendly and loving’ dogs

THERE’S no breed of dog like a Staffordshire bull terrier to divide public opinion.

Are they affectionate family pets or dangerous dogs?

Unfortunately Staffordshire bull terriers have gained an unsavoury reputation as aggressive dogs and many end up in kennels after being abandoned by irresponsible owners.

Of the 17 dogs in Barrow Kennels, 14 are Staffies.

But there are many people who think their aggressive reputation is completely unfounded and owners were quick to defend the breed after reports a Staffordshire bull terrier attacked a labrador in Barrow.

Evening Mail readers responded by posting photos of their pets showing their softer side.

Lianne Morgan thought long and hard about adopting a pet that would suit her family. Her six-year-old son Joe has cerebral palsy.

She said: “Lunar is two and we rescued her from the borough kennels. I was wary about getting her as Joe doesn’t walk. She’s been fantastic; so friendly and loving. They are very hyper and need a lot of attention but when I look at her with the kids and other dogs it’s so rewarding.”

The Kennel Club describes the breed as “highly intelligent and affectionate, especially with children.”

Anita Green, secretary of Animal Refuge, says she’s never met a Staffie that’s been aggressive with people in the 34 years she’s been working with animals. She said: “All the ones I’ve had in kennels have not been aggressive. I’ve had to retrain some because they’ve been dog-aggressive but I haven’t come across one that is people-aggressive.”

Three Staffies housed in kennels have been waiting 12 months for a forever home.

Staffies can be quite boisterous, partly because of the frustration of being in a kennel, so they easily get passed over.

Mrs Green said: “Staffies like a lot of companionship so they do get upset and depressed in kennels because they are a very sociable breed.

“You don’t get a good view of them in kennels. They’re all vying for attention; all jumping up and down. Within a few minutes of getting them out of the kennel, keeping them on a lead, they’re a different dog.”

As to why Staffies continue to divide opinion Mrs Green said: “If some dog’s been attacked people are very quick to shout ‘it’s a Staffie’. They tend to get blamed for lots of things.

“People who have them love them to pieces and love the breed.

“They’re a busy dog, they like to play and love companionship. They chortle and a Staffie’s smile is like no other breed. They smile from ear to ear.”

Have your say

Earth to staffie lover, Earth to staffie lover:
What are you on?????????

Posted by Mike on 19 August 2014 at 07:30

Mike, hook,line & sinker. If you were a fish ; you would be caught 1st time evety time. You should look closer to home, RE: grammer. Looking at your comments below etc. People in glass house's etc :-) P.S. I am actually a 11year old fairy Redneck Rampage!

Posted by staffie lover on 18 August 2014 at 21:32

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