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    Default So Many Staffies!

    We recently visited a number of dog shelters looking for a new member for our family.

    I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say a good three-quarters of all the dogs we saw were described as Staffy or Staffy X. It quickly became something of a running joke between us (not out of disrespect you understand, but out of sheer repetition).

    I guess one possible explanation is that Staffy genes are particularly recognisable in a mongrel and therefore tend to get mentioned first, but I suspect there's more to it. I suspect that either Staffies have been particularly fashionable lately, or they have character traits which lead to them being surrendered more often.

    Has anyone else noticed this, and if so, what is your theory?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Floyd View Post
    So tell me..how freaken well do you know the Staffordshire Bull Terrier then ???????.. imo not a lot by your idiotic words...

    Hey Deb, maybe we need to educate this person about SBTs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    I am finding this post somewhat offensive towards the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and can't quite figure out if this post was put here to get some sort of "reaction" from the Staffy owners here...................
    It is quiet possible Dorte. A new member and all! Could it be someone re-inventing themselves? Especially someone who might want to upset Deb like a few months back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    I am finding this post somewhat offensive towards the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and can't quite figure out if this post was put here to get some sort of "reaction" from the Staffy owners here...................
    Good point Dorte..

    I'm starting to think the same thing.

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    I actually agree with the OP. There are a bucketload of SBTs and Staffy x's in the pound. When a dog comes in that isn't chipped or surrendered the pound staff determine the breed and if it's in any way muscular with a block head and/or brindle it's listed as a Staffy x. Who's to say it is or it isn't.

    SBTs are "fashionable" at the moment. Unfortunately. There are 100 litter listings on DOL from registered breeders at the moment. Can you imagine how many BYB litters are on the ground now too?!

    They can be a high energy breed and great little escape artists. They're not a breed for everyone.

    I'm not sure what part of the OP got everyone's back up so much?? I'm also not sure what the point of the thread is!

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    Wow, crikey, settle down everyone.

    It's just something we noticed while visiting the half-dozen or so dog shelters around Melbourne. Lots and lots of Staffies and Staffy X's.

    Just wondering why they are apparently over-represented is all. Not trolling, nor somebody else re-invented, just thought folks here might have noticed the same thing and/or have a theory about why.

    My friend has a couple and they are lovely.

    Sheesh.

    Mods feel free to close this thread if I've struck a raw nerve.

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    My theory...
    They can be escape artists
    They can be destructive when they're bored
    They can be full-on
    They're a popular breed [Lots of Kelpies and Border Collies in the pound too]

    I'm sure there are plenty more reasons why there are so many of them in the pound. The real shame is that there aren't more bull breed rescue groups

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    Thanks Ruthless.

    It could be a combination of all those things I suppose. We didn't notice this the previous time we went, probably about 6 months ago. But this last time it really stuck out. It's a shame, like I said a friend of mine has a pair (a jet black male and a blue female) and they're great dogs, although I've noticed some folks are a bit wary of them.

    I was wondering if maybe they are known to get grumpy later in life, or if there was a big trend towards them recently that's gone sour, or whether they are particularly popular with backyard breeders. Or whether it's just coincidence, I don't know.

    It's interesting that you've noticed this in Sydney too, so it isn't just a local Melbourne thing.

    Perhaps if, as you say, there is a shortage of rescue groups that could account for it too. A larger percentage of 'other' breeds maybe get siphoned off into other channels, leaving the Staffies behind?
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    They're Peter Pan dogs, they don't grow up! lol

    I was talking to someone in rescue about it recently and they said it used to be GSDs that filled the pounds. It depends which breeds are most popular at the time I guess.

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    The OP has asked a fair and valid question. Anybody posting comments rude or un-necessary, please go back and edit your posts!

    Looking on petrescue some time back OP I DID notice there were a huge amount of SBT and SBT X's available for rehoming. Possibly close to the amount of Greyhounds that need rehoming.

    I don't know why that is...seems certain breeds run in 'fashionable', or unfashionable cycles, which is rather sad and sickening IMO.
    Could also be because ppl are so familiar with the SBT standard, that any dog who comes in and looks the slightest bit SBT gets listed as Staffy Cross. Perhaps it's easier than trying to ascertain what other breeding is in the dog?

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