On average, Staffordshire bull terriers spend at least 47 days waiting for adoption. They are said to be less desirable then other breeds and are most likely to end up in rescue. However, these affectionate dogs were voted the nation’s favourite in ITV’s ‘Britain’s Top 100 Dogs Live’ in January and recent statistics from the RSPCA shows that people may be looking more favourably upon them.
The RSPCA has revealed that the number of Staffies arriving at its centres has fallen by 34 per cent over five years (2014-2018). While Staffies and their crosses remain the most common breed of dog coming into the RSPCA’s care, the overall figure is seen to be falling year on year – with fashionable breeds of dog appearing more regularly in the RSPCA’s kennels across England and Wales.
Recently the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, also done their bit to dispel the misconceptions surrounding the breed. RSPCA dog welfare expert Lisa Hens said, “Unfortunately, Staffies have suffered a great deal from overbreeding and bad press. They’re definitely Britain’s most misunderstood breed.
“It’s heartbreaking to see so many ending up in our care due to cruelty and irresponsible ownership. Sadly, as Crufts highlighted, they’re often taken on as ‘status dogs’ and can be found at the centre of anti-social dog behaviour due to the way in which they’ve been reared and trained, and the behaviour and attitude of their owners.
“However, given the right home and care, Staffies can make absolutely wonderful family pets. And many of the Staffies in our care are affectionate, playful, fun-loving dogs who would thrive in family homes.”
Staffies looking for home
Lovely Lola is a two-year-old Staffie who is full of beans. She’s a friendly pooch who loves spending time with people but is sadly being overlooked by potential adopters. She’s looking for an adult-only home with an owner who will take her for lots of long walks and keep her physically and mentally stimulated. She’s at Chesterfield Animal Centre, in Derbyshire, and you can find out more by calling 01246 273358.
Nine-year-old Staffie cross Link is an intelligent and active boy who is also a little sensitive. He’s very frightened of loud noises and is looking for new owners who can continue his training to build his confidence. He’s currently at RSPCA Woodchurch Animal Centre in Kent. He loves fuss and attention, and could live with children but would be best as the only pet. For more information visit his online profile.
Rocky & Ruby
This golden oldie pair are hoping to find a loving new home together. Rocky, 14, and Ruby, 11, are being looked after by staff at RSPCA Bath Cats & Dogs Home. They love people and are extremely affectionate but struggle around other dogs. They love fuss and attention, live snoozing on the sofa, and can be left alone for short periods. For more information please visit their online profile.
Lisa added, “We would urge anyone looking for a dog to do their research first – especially as the reputation of a particular breed or type is often undeserved. Just like people, all dogs are individuals, and any prospective owner should find out if they are a good match for that particular animal to see if they can offer them a loving home.”
To find more Staffies looking for homes, visit www.rspca.org.uk/findapet.