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    I have 2 dogs at home. My cavalier is obviously not on the list of dangerous dogs, but my second dog is a staffie and is.

    2 weeks ago the Sydney daily telegraph had the staffy down as a great family dog with kids, today they have them as a dangerous dog. (Very confusing)

    If the legislation changes like they are pushing, i would hate to think that our staffy would be classed as dangerous and have to be penned in our backyard and muzzled when he goes out.

    Any dog can bite, it's just that bigger dogs cause more damage.

    Just wondering what you guys think make a dog turn nasty.

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    Staffy's are gorgeous
    There are a wide range of reasons that a dog can as you say "turn nasty". For my boy Koda its fear based aggression. He is not classed as a dangerous dog and I doubt he'd actually bite someone unless he was seriously terrified, but it is still aggression. With the right training and knowledge, aggression can be managed effectively.

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    Sorry, double post

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    Declaring staffies (the Staffordshire bull terrier) dangerous would be an interesting thing to try in NSW as they are the most third popular dog after Labradors and maltese. Over 40,000 of them were registered a few years ago when they were making the stats public.

    So that would be in the order of 60,000 (including crosses) dog owners that would have to build secure dog runs in their yards and muzzle their dogs out in public. I don't think they'd take that without a fight of their own.

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    I don't think they turn nasty without a good reason. They just do what dogs do, if they are fearful or feel threatened they will use the only weapon they have to remove the threat and that is their mouth.

    It sucks that there are people that don't give a shit about their dogs and wreck it for the rest of us responsible dog owners.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Stafford's are one of the most popular breeds in Australia so I can't see them declaring them a dangerous animal though, too many lawsuits and too much trouble IMO.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Pedigree staffords are not that popular - the mongralised type we call the 'staffy' is waaaaay more popular. Being a lack of quality control in the breeding and mixing of course you get some horrific temperaments. There is a massive difference between the pedigree Staffordshire Bull Terrier, pedigree American Staffordshire Terrier, and 'staffy'.

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