I have been a Staffy owner for just shy of two decades and I am genuinely passionate about the breed, as I am about dogs generally. My experience is that Staffys are the most loyal, loving and trustworthy of any breed known to man. Their affinity with people is second to none and if there is a downside, it’s the constant wanting to meet and “greet”. It is an indictment on the plight of the Staffy that I feel it is necessary to create this type of website. The dog has attracted negative media attention for many years and is commonly associated with gangland thugs and attacks on people and other animals. I feel to acquiesce is to do a massive disservice to this loyal animal and with new Government legislation currently being mooted and with talks of the Staffy being outlawed as a dangerous dog it is imperative to do something now.
For too long, there has been no concerted effort to stand up for the Staffy, no one has put the record straight and nobody has really defended them. Public perception that this robust little dog who loves nothing better than being in human company 24/7 is that it is a four legged killing machine, favoured by hoodies. All Staffy owners know that this is misconceived and indeed the Kennel Club regard the Staffy as one of only two breeds that they would positively recommend with young children. Certainly from my own experience, my two children have grown up from a very early age with two Staffys and there has never been the slightest problem at any stage. The dogs adored them and in turn they adored the dogs and we are currently enjoying George who is a 9 month old Staffy who hails from the South of France.
Staffys are frequently referred to as Pit Bull Terriers and people who are unfamiliar with the breed will eye the dogs suspiciously and cross to the other side of the road to avoid contact. I accept that some can look intimidating but because so many simply refuse to live up to their kill misnomer, the dogs are often abandoned by their feckless owners and end up in rescue centres up and down the country. Shocking statistics reveal that some 80% of all dogs in these wonderful rescue centres are Staffys or Staffy crosses.
I am a defence lawyer by trade and Save the Staffy has been launched to give the Staffy a fair hearing with a level playing field. Throughout this website we aim to set the record straight about this fabulous dog. The site features sections on the breed’s history, caring for your Staffy, dogs and the law and other useful links.
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I just love my Staffies – They are such fun loving, kind and generous dogs. They’re bright, active little friends, that get on so well with children and adults alike – as well as other animals.
We’ve had Staffies for over 12 years and would never consider any other breed.
There is however one grave danger that all Staffie owners must be aware of DO NOT LET THEM ON YOUR BED as very soon they will be in your bed!!!
We (my wife Maria) have Poppy in with us at night and Ted (my son) has Harry.
Sadly, Staffies have been given some bad press but with the right owner they make such wonderful loving pets. They’re well behaved, affectionate and playful. Poppy and Harry are both rescue dogs – we’d never be without a Staffie.
Andrew Rosindell MP
Having owned two Staffordshire Bull Terriers, ‘Spike’ and ‘Buster’, I can say without hesitation, that a human being could not wish to own a better dog than a Staffie!
They are wonderful with people and show true loyalty. They are intelligent and fun to be around. You are never lonely when you have a Staffie, they just love being part of your life and mine have made an enormous difference to mine in a very positive way.
A Staffordshire Bull Terrier also shows the true British Bulldog Spirit and mine have both proudly worn their Union Jack coats on visits with me around my constituency of Romford and at the House of Commons!
Andrew Rosindell M.P.