Myth-busting: Staffordshire Bull Terriers

Staffordshire Bull Terriers are victims of decades of judgement. Here are just some of the myths about these dogs - busted!

2nd December 2019

All dogs have certain traits or characteristics that make them so special, but somewhere along the way some misconceptions can arise leading to certain breeds being misunderstood.

With Staffordshire Bull Terriers spending, on average, more than 23 per cent longer in rescue centres, the loveable pooches are victims of decades of judgement.

Here are some myths about the breed debunked!

Staffordshire Bull Terriers make great pets and have been nicknamed the 'nanny dog', as they are great with families and children

They’re not good as family pets

Staffies are known as a ‘nanny dog’ because of their temperament around children. While no child should be left unattended with any dog, given the right training and enough affection these dogs will show incredible loyalty and respect towards its family.

They’re not good with other pets

This can be true for any dog that’s not properly socialised from an early age. So, Staffies can live in multi-dog homes, share their bed with their kitty sibling, and play with the pooches they may meet on their daily walks. Just don’t forget the importance of training and socialisation.

They’re not cute when they grow up

Every dog is just as cute when they grow up as they were when they were puppies and their love for you will grow as they age.

They’re a banned breed

Some Staffordshire Bull Terriers can be quite stocky animals and people might mistake them for other breeds, like a pit bull. Pit bulls fall under the Dangerous Dogs Act whereas a Staffie doesn’t, so they’re not a banned breed.

Staffordshire Bull Terriers took the top spot in ITV’s Britain’s Favourite Dogs, which hopefully has helped dispel some myths about these beautiful pooches.

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