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    Default No Staffy policy?

    I just called a boarding kennel to try an get Bear in this weekend. She said she had room until I mentioned he was a staffy x shar pei and was bluntly told "Sorry we have a no staffy (or crossbreed) policy" I asked if there was a reason and she just said its their policy... I have never heard of such a thing, is it common?

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    Oh wow. Talk about breedist?! I think that is quite appalling and I wouldn't want to send a dog of any breed there if I heard that!

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    Sorry - 'Sharoo' - yes it is becoming more common.

    Is this the only place you have tried ? Maybe there will be others that may offer other suggestions to you.

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    I've heard about it happening and I suspect some kennels have said to me they are full because I have mentioned that I have AmStaffies first. Luckily I have found a place that absolutely adore my two and they are welcome back any time they want!

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    Where I work we have a policy that SBT over 9 months of age are not kennelled with other dogs.

    Sure there are some that we could put with other dogs but it's easier to just make it a blanket rule.

    During school holidays we do not have room for unsocial dogs and that could be any breed.

    Boarding kennels are a business. Some like to run with very low risk.

    It's nothing against the breed as I love them and so do most the kennel attendants I work with. My brother has a SBT & most the staff I work with have SBT X's. But in an enclosed area taking on dogs with the ability to end a tussle takes management and when dealing with animals and people who are leaving behind their beloved pet you err on the side of caution.

    Some kennels do not take on entire dogs during peak times, others any time.

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    Most do not come up with these rules without having reason mainly due to past experience.

    It's like saying if we get in a Weim, past experience says to immediately put them onto 3 meals/day as they always lose weight, the breed stresses.

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    Wow, I've never heard of that Sharoo, but with that kind of policy I wouldn't be taking my dog there!! "It's just our policy" = pathetic excuse ...

    Fancy missing out on all those staffy smiles ...

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    I still dont get it...

    What's the 'end a tussle' thing ?? Does that mean they think Staffy's are viscious enough to kill or seriously maim another dog??

    Is it somthing to do with Pitty owners calling thier dogs Staffy's ??

    Not try to sound like my dogs are tough but wouldnt a Large dog like my Bronx be more of a issue than a little staffy?? (i'm not bagging Staffy's either..i love em)

    Out of every breed i encounter at work the Staffy's and the Pitty's are easily up there in the friendly stakes...right behind the Labs.

    I would never have thought a little Staffy especially those petite little females could pose much of a threat. I could be very wrong.......but i just dont get it.


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    When dogs into into confined areas and under stress things are always different. Most SBTs don't start problems but if there is a misunderstanding between dogs or often play gets rough the SBT knows it can stand up for itself.

    They are a tough dog in a small package, they play rough, sometimes other dogs don't like that, they will react, then the SBT reacts back and it will be the other dog that comes off badly.

    Now if every owner of every dog was responsible then this problem wouldn't exist. But you have only to be on this forum to know that there are lots of people out there owning dogs with little knowledge. Having a fear based SBT is not fun to manage. And our responsibility is to all our customers & to make a living.

    Busy Sydney kennels don't need hard customers. They've got plenty of easy customers to fill the spots, especially during school holidays.

    A lot of kennels are careful of other breeds other than SBT, Chows are also a breed that we are often careful with, though we have a wonderful Chow Chow, highly social, but then he's been thru our puppy pre school and our obedience classes so he is well known.

    Out of all our SBTs most cannot be mingled at the kennels even if we wanted to, they do have aggression issues. That's not something I'm making up, that's a fact. They are all people dogs but are not necessarily dog friendly dogs. They want and need their personal space and they miss their owners. We always know when a SBT is in the kennels, we can hear the Staffy cry. We often bring them into the kitchen with us while we prepare all the meals to give them time with us, because that's what makes them happy, people. Certainly they can come in and be kennelled with the other family dog.

    Prior to reaching approximate maturity at about 9 months they are treated like any other breed and matching with an appropriate kennel mate. After that we err on the side of caution and they are in their own run & exercised on their own.

    We also have individuals from other breeds that are marked dog aggressive and not mingled with other dogs ranging from the smallest to the largest and all crosses inbetween.

    A kennel environment is not for all dogs, IMO it doesn't match many SBT's and as an owner of Whippets it doesn't match them either, however my Gordon has the best time in the kennels.

    Most mastiffs are goofy in the kennels, along with the Rotti's. My Gordons best friend at the kennels is a young desexed male Rotti, whenever he's in I take her to work.

    Matching dogs is a skill. Matching our regulars is easy, matching unknowns takes a lot more skill.
    Last edited by MAC; 10-25-2012 at 08:06 PM.

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    I didn't know dogs got matched Mac, does that mean they share the kennel?

    I would imagine that to be a huge skill!

    I understand so much more now, thanks, good to know!!

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