Written on: 07/07/2012 by Basicallyimlee
I'm 28 and we have had staffies in my family all of my life. My parents have 7 children and are foster carers so the personality of a dog has always been important. As you can imagine in our house there were LOTS of children of all ages, pulling, prodding, jumping on and generally 'roughing up' our staffies and NEVER have we had a dog bite, scratch or even look menacingly at a child or anyone.
They really are wonderful pets, we've had 5 altogether and have had them from puppies right up until old age. They willingly just become a big part of the family and they enjoy feeling like 'one of us'
I must say they are VRY engergetic up until about 3 years and they do require 'tough love' in the beginning as they will, as pups, try to stamp their mark on the family and want to be the pack leader. In the beginning this might seem cute or funny but if you let them get away with it as pups, it will be very difficult to get them out of it when older. Things like jumping up at people and licking faces and getting on furnature MUST be discouraged at a young age as they are stubborn little so n so's.
I treally get angry about the press tcouverage that Staffies get. It really isn't them that are evil, it's the type of people that get them that make them like that becasue, don't get me wrong, they can fight and don't really feel pain, but I have NEVER come across a badly behaved staff.
To sum them up--
BRILLIANT with children and fitting into the family in genral
always want to please their owners.
genrally no health probles,
JUST BEAUTIFUL PETS.
I obviously do not live with nmy family now and will be getting a dog next year as I am applying to be a foster carer myself and a staffy is going to be the dog for me. CAN'T WAIT
(this is the first review type thing I have ever written on the net I just want people to know the stories in the papers are not the be all and end all for this breed )