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    I grew up with Dobermanns but all my dogs since I married have been from the RSPCA. And all were puppies when I got them. I have always had my dogs in pairs.

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    Up until we decided on SBT's...it was never about the breed I think. It was more about the compatability of the dog and our family. We have had rescues and other purebred/show dogs. We have made the same mistake as many people...buying a puppy with your heart and not your head from what we were told...reputable and ethical Rottweiler breeders. The experiences we have had with Odin (the Rottweiler) taught me a lot...taught me how to train...taught me how I want to be as a possible breeder and only to use good, sound breeding stock...taught me to listen to my head and not my heart!

    We decided that we no longer wanted "large" breeds. We researched on the internet and came across the SBT. We went to a SBT show in Sydney to see the dogs...see how they were around strangers...talked to breeders etc. We feel in love with this gorgeous breed. We knew with the rights of owning a Staffordshire Bull Terrier came responsibilities. Socialisation from an EARLY age is a must due to their disposition of disliking other dogs.

    I can honestly say...I will never have another type of Breed. SBT's are kind, affectionate, dependable, funny, loyal, courageous and absolutely LOVE kids! But there are also some cons with this breed. There are genetic disorders associated with SBT's and they are L2-HGA (a devastating neurological disorder) and HC (Hereditary Chataracts). GOOD breeders make sure their breeding stock is cleared of these disorders. Staffies were originally bred for pit/dog fighting, so unless you are willing to make sure your dog is socialised...this is not the breed for you.

    Staffies are almost human-like sometimes...they are just different than any other breed I have met.

    My motto is...you have not lived until you have been on the receiving end of a special Staffy cuddle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    Up until we decided on SBT's...it was never about the breed I think. It was more about the compatability of the dog and our family. We have had rescues and other purebred/show dogs. We have made the same mistake as many people...buying a puppy with your heart and not your head from what we were told...reputable and ethical Rottweiler breeders. The experiences we have had with Odin (the Rottweiler) taught me a lot...taught me how to train...taught me how I want to be as a possible breeder and only to use good, sound breeding stock...taught me to listen to my head and not my heart!

    We decided that we no longer wanted "large" breeds. We researched on the internet and came across the SBT. We went to a SBT show in Sydney to see the dogs...see how they were around strangers...talked to breeders etc. We feel in love with this gorgeous breed. We knew with the rights of owning a Staffordshire Bull Terrier came responsibilities. Socialisation from an EARLY age is a must due to their disposition of disliking other dogs.

    I can honestly say...I will never have another type of Breed. SBT's are kind, affectionate, dependable, funny, loyal, courageous and absolutely LOVE kids! But there are also some cons with this breed. There are genetic disorders associated with SBT's and they are L2-HGA (a devastating neurological disorder) and HC (Hereditary Chataracts). GOOD breeders make sure their breeding stock is cleared of these disorders. Staffies were originally bred for pit/dog fighting, so unless you are willing to make sure your dog is socialised...this is not the breed for you.

    Staffies are almost human-like sometimes...they are just different than any other breed I have met.

    My motto is...you have not lived until you have been on the receiving end of a special Staffy cuddle
    Agreed absolutely. Just want to add they are known as nanny dogs, and aren't they?!?! Have to say again, truely sensational with kids.....and they smile when they are happy, or cheeky, or just plain entertaining the masses!
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    When I was a child we had spaniels (King Charles & Cocker). My grandparents owned a german shepherd and he was such a beautiful dog.
    My first puppy that was just mine was a shitzu/pomeranian when I was a teen and it was nothing more than me just wanting a cute little fluff ball.

    Early this year I was thinking about my grandparents dog and I decided that I wanted a german shepherd. A small part of my reason is the fact that my hubby does night shift sometimes (he's a cop) and I would like that added feeling of safety.
    So we spent some time finding a breeder that we loved. They were such wonderful people and it turned out that the husband was in the same line of work as my husband.

    I know I'm new to owning this breed but I've quickly converted and think that it will be GSD for me from now on

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shar Pei Rescue Victoria View Post
    Agreed absolutely. Just want to add they are known as nanny dogs, and aren't they?!?!
    Do you know the reason why they are called the Nanny dog?

    Back in time when they were bred for pit/dog fighting...the owners would take them to a fight. They would fight the dog and then go home and it would play gently with the kids in the backyard. They were bred to 100% dependable towards humans and not so dependable towards other dogs. SBT breeders have since then done a lot of work in trying to eliminate this...not so favourable...trait. I think we are slowly getting there...with education and good breeding.

    My boy would have been perfect to use for breeding if we had only taken his temperament into account. He is a goofball...a typical Staffy boofhead with a huge smile on his face, but his ears are a bit big, he doesn't comply with the Standard in size, his lips are a tad loose and he has allergies and I don't want to pass that on to any potential puppies.

    So...I am moarning the loss of my boy's crown jewels today...he is at the Vet's being desexed as we speak

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    We had the odd assortment of strays mainly, growing up. I continued that tradition and it worked out very well. I had a border collie x (found as an abused puppy on a friend's front door step) and a few years later, in my second marriage, Blacky a loved family dog, FIL had a litter of Blue heelers and asked did I want one.

    The rest is history. Shads had to be the most wonderful dog I really had ever owned. He lived for working the cattle and lived for his family. Sooky inside dog by night, out and about with the men by day.

    After he died last Christmas (aged 14, Blacky in 2002 aged about 17) I said that with the kids grown and away, that I really did not want another dog. I was happy with my birds and cats. I did make the disclamour that if by chance we ever did it would have to be another heeler.

    During this time the other farm dogs were here too on a regular basis, as before. I liked them all.

    I was out watering the pot plants and my FIL pulls up one day in June. I turned to say hello, my attention immediately distracted by his new working pup.

    Awwwwwwww, Puppy face I said....she locked eyes with me, I was a goner. I have never felt such an immediate strong attraction with any dog, not even when I chose Shads before he was weaned.

    Enter Pretty Girl, pre named which has been shortened to Pretty. The rest you know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    Do you know the reason why they are called the Nanny dog?

    Back in time when they were bred for pit/dog fighting...the owners would take them to a fight. They would fight the dog and then go home and it would play gently with the kids in the backyard. They were bred to 100% dependable towards humans and not so dependable towards other dogs. SBT breeders have since then done a lot of work in trying to eliminate this...not so favourable...trait. I think we are slowly getting there...with education and good breeding.

    My boy would have been perfect to use for breeding if we had only taken his temperament into account. He is a goofball...a typical Staffy boofhead with a huge smile on his face, but his ears are a bit big, he doesn't comply with the Standard in size, his lips are a tad loose and he has allergies and I don't want to pass that on to any potential puppies.

    So...I am moarning the loss of my boy's crown jewels today...he is at the Vet's being desexed as we speak
    LOL, I know what you mean by loosing the crown jewels. I have had a number of beautifully bread boys and girls through rescue (believe it or not!!) and there is something that pulls at my heart strings when I take them off for the snip! Obviously there is no exception with the rescues, but it still moves me every time I book the appointment. I must admit it was really tough with Henry the blue boy in my signiture, given I know his breeder and he has exceptional eyes (something I don't see often in rescue) and is from wonderful stock. But hey, I wouldn't have bred him anyway......I am simply not a puppy person!! Cute, yes, but I prefer the satisfaction I gain from the adults who come in so fearful as they learn to trust and love again. After saying all of that, I am also extremely fussy who ends up with each and every pup that passes our door.

    Hope your man recovers well and quickly. Give hime a staffy smooch from me!

    Edit to add....just so everyone is clear.. I am NOT a registered breeder, nor do I have any intention of ever becoming a registered breeder. The above is just what goes on in my wandering mind lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post

    We decided that we no longer wanted "large" breeds. We researched on the internet and came across the SBT. We went to a SBT show in Sydney to see the dogs...see how they were around strangers...talked to breeders etc. We feel in love with this gorgeous breed. We knew with the rights of owning a Staffordshire Bull Terrier came responsibilities. Socialisation from an EARLY age is a must due to their disposition of disliking other dogs.

    I can honestly say...I will never have another type of Breed. SBT's are kind, affectionate, dependable, funny, loyal, courageous and absolutely LOVE kids! But there are also some cons with this breed. There are genetic disorders associated with SBT's and they are L2-HGA (a devastating neurological disorder) and HC (Hereditary Chataracts). GOOD breeders make sure their breeding stock is cleared of these disorders. Staffies were originally bred for pit/dog fighting, so unless you are willing to make sure your dog is socialised...this is not the breed for you.

    Staffies are almost human-like sometimes...they are just different than any other breed I have met.

    My motto is...you have not lived until you have been on the receiving end of a special Staffy cuddle

    Hi Cleasanta..
    Very well said, & that is my sentiment too in regards to our chosen breed SBT'S

    I do think tho that our beloved breed is misunderstood by those that are not familiar with the breed, such as a few of my distant relos who have visited my home in the past & whom have had the bloody hide to ask me to either lock my SBT away in another room or muzzle him while they are visiting my home because they fear bull breeds, my response was like bloody hell i will muzzle or lock my dog up, i tried my best to educated them in a calm manner about how trustworthy,safe & loving the SBT breed is (including my SBT'S), but it fell on deaf ears, i just gave up & showed my relos the exit door & told them that they are no longer welcome in my home. On no terms will i ever take to being told by anyone regardless of who they are on "what & what not" to do in my own home, if others don't like my dog or fear him well that's their prob & not mine.

    Rant over with
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    I used to have a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, he was the best dog I've ever had he was like a little human to me, but have now lost him. Since then I couldn't bring myself to get another Stafford, it feels like betrayal or something I'm not sure, also having another dog that looked like him would bring me heart ache too. I have since then decided to get another dog and have always loved the bully breeds I've always liked the bulldogs so I went out and got me an Aussie bulldog.
    Allthough I have changed breed at this time, I can say I will always love the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and one day I will definitely get another one as for me I think they are the best dogs in the world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Floyd View Post
    Hi Cleasanta..
    Very well said, & that is my sentiment too in regards to our chosen breed SBT'S

    I do think tho that our beloved breed is misunderstood by those that are not familiar with the breed, such as a few of my distant relos who have visited my home in the past & whom have had the bloody hide to ask me to either lock my SBT away in another room or muzzle him while they are visiting my home because they fear bull breeds, my response was like bloody hell i will muzzle or lock my dog up, i tried my best to educated them in a calm manner about how trustworthy,safe & loving the SBT breed is (including my SBT'S), but it fell on deaf ears, i just gave up & showed my relos the exit door & told them that they are no longer welcome in my home. On no terms will i ever take to being told by anyone regardless of who they are on "what & what not" to do in my own home, if others don't like my dog or fear him well that's their prob & not mine.


    Rant over with
    I had doggy sat a friends Aussie bulldog once and took Obie and the Aussie out for a walk one day, the aussie broke his lead while out for his walk so I put Obie's lead on him as Obie is able to walk on heel without a leash. On the way home a lady with a black poodle is walking her dog towards me on the pathway, I can understand why she could be worried as I had a bulldog on one side and a Stafford on the other. But before I could say that she and her dog was safe (because Obie wouldn't hurt a fly literally) she picks up her dog and starts going off her nana at me! Then her dog starts barking and growling in an aggressive manner while my dogs were calm, Obie went over to her and licked her, she then said "your dog tried to attack me" I couldn't believe it. I then got mad and as she was abusing me and not without racist comments, So I had to let her have it, eventually I just walked off on my way disgusted with this woman.
    I've found that people that havent met a stafford think of them as mean fighting dogs but people that own staffys or have met one know they love being around people and have friendly personalities.
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