Staffies are soul-mates. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier (SBT) and crosses have become Britain’s most popular dog alongside the Labrador. Thousands of pups who were surplus to need found their way into the hearts of families who saw their plight. As they came out of unstable homes they filled the council pounds and Rescue centres. The lucky ones who made it out the other side were introduced to their families for their charms or rescue minded families connected with their need. So we have a whole new generation of people being there for Staffies. Staffies are a common site in dog walking areas and being really appreciated as a breed.
We home most of our Staffies in with children, the only restraint is some are too high energy and need boundaries to deter their leaping up to meet and greet. We home about 40% of our Staffies in with other dogs. We also home in with cats and small furries.
The Staffie breed is caring, loving, and will try to talk to you and join in with your conversation. They really identify closely with humans and try to communicate with their loved ones. This is called ‘Staffie speak’ and it is comical and great fun introducing your Staffie to friends and getting them to sing for their supper. They can be ‘snuffly’ and ‘snorty’. They can make little nasal grunts and snore the night through. They are charming in their need to offer you what they have and are very trainable.
Staffies are muscular. Like the British bull dog they are heavily muscled which, when you own one and know their kindness, you tend to ‘forget’. Others seeing their muscular cheeks are shocked conscious of the power behind them. You however soon translate that into the smile and laughter of the Staffie as their personality shines through. The smiling Staffie which is our logo with their huge cheek muscles are like laughing clowns and yes they do laugh a lot. They will make short work of a hide bone, sticks and a large tough ‘Kong’ satisfies them as their non destructive toys! But their tongue muscle becomes the most prominent feature with visitors, who, if they are ‘doggie’, will receive a face wash which soon puts them at ease as to their true intentions.
We Are Not Purists.