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    Hi there,

    After careful consideration and our current financial status, we have decided that getting a pedigree Stafford pup or young adult from a registered breeder is financially unviable. Just too expensive. We have decided that we will adopt, preferably a bully breed. So I have a few questions for those that have adopted before

    My main concern is temperament. In your experiences, how good are shelters at judging temperament?

    if there is any more advice, info, tips and good/bad organisations etc, please let me know. Also your a most welcome to PM me if you don't wish to talk about specific organisations on the open forum.

    Wish me luck

    Adrian

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    Good call Adrian. You will have plenty to pick from mate.

    I met a staffy X kelpie yesterday who had only been at his new home for just a couple of hours. He was a very cool looking dog and you could just tell he was ssoooooo happy to have a new home.

    If you do end up with a dog that has a few issues just remember with a bit of hard work (and fun work) most dogs can be taught nearly anything. My rescue Mastiff cross has issues but to be honest thats kinda what i love about the bugger. No robot zombie slave dogs for me .... i like a bit of character.

    Good luck.


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    I don't know much in this area but from what I've picked up reading forums and stuff is to go through a reputable rescue organisation as they foster out their dogs so experienced handlers can judge what sort of home each dog is suitable for. I think kalacreek posted the name of a rescue organisation in your previous thread on this topic ... would definately be worth have a chat with kalacreek as I believe he/she is a very experienced dog person and is likely to offer good, experienced based advice.

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    My previous dog was a Staffy/Blue Heeler mix, and I got her when she was only 4 weeks old.....yes I know too young. She adored children, loved all humans (except for the bad ones - and she had a talent for discovering badness). She liked my cats....and when I had kittens would carry them in her mouth so gently.....and clean them. She hated all other cats, but most of all she hated other dogs.....except for one or two males. I love Staffies.......but they aren't the smartest of dogs. Still.....rescues are full to bursting with bull breeds, so you will have plenty to choose from.....good idea about fostering.

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    We adopted our BC girl when she was about 18 months. We had only two criteria for our dog: good with dogs and good with people. The rescue suggested Rox and initially I wasn't too keen because I heard about how hyper Border Collies are. I had no intention of taking up marathon running... They said she isn't hyper tho, but rather lazy.

    It took her quite some time to settle and in the beginning it wasn't easy. In fact half way through our two week trial period I was almost ready to throw the towel. Thanks to some very helpful and needed feedback from this forum I'm now very glad I didn't because she is such an amazing little dog and full of character.

    So looking back I think the rescue gave us the basics allright. They knew how she was with dogs and people and that she wasn't all that keen on exercise. But they had no chance to really find out who she was because it took her quite long to come out of her shell. She is the only dog I got from a rescue so maybe she was a bit of a special case - really don't know. I'm sure others here can tell you more. But from my experience I wouldn't expect from a rescue to tell me every bit of a dogs character. A bit of a surprise is still part of it

    Usually rescues give you a trial period to see how the dog settles in. A very useful thing - especially if you have another dog and are not sure how they'll get on.

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    Good on you Adrian...

    In Perth the rescue groups I would suggest are SABBR (Staffy and Bully Breed Rescue); SAFE; HAART and they all have dogs listed on Facebook. Dog Adoption is run by a lady called Alyson (Karrinyup based).

    HAART have a 12 week old staffy x on their facebook page looking for a new home, is being fostered.

    They will want to come to your house to check it for suitability (checking fencing and seeing where dog will live, if you have dog door, etc). They want to talk to you to see that you can meet their requirements too, they want to know that the dog will have access to the house, be fed well, walked, will want to know about your lifestyle and then they will match you with a dog that suits you and your family.

    You may decide to foster the pup, then if it fits in with you all and you're happy, you can adopt. While fostering, I think all vet costs are covered by the rescue group.

    Look forward to hearing how you go.

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    That is awesome news Ados, so proud of you for adopting. I can only speak from my experience, here in Victoria. I have just this year adopted 2 staffords from Stafford Rescue Victoria. Both dogs have different backgrounds and traumas before they came to us.

    Chadley, who is a staffy x who knows, took quite a while to settle in, he was quite depressed when he first came to us. He loved cuddles and stuck close to us but was very quiet. After about 3-4 weeks he started to come out of his shell and boy or boy, is he a cheeky 2 year old boy, we say he is like a child that has had too much red cordial. He is very smart and wants to please but cheeky, we love him immensely. He has a great temperament and loves other dogs and people.

    Chelsea we adopted once Chad had settled in. She is also 2 years old, byb. She has settled in a lot quicker, but that may be due to the fact that she had Chad for company when she came to live with us. She is a lot quieter than Chad, but loves to play and boy does she play rough. She is fantastic with people and really wants to please, her obedience training is so easy as she hates to get into trouble. She is a little wary of other dogs and we have to introduce her carefully, but once she meets another dog she is ok.

    SRV had temperament tested these dogs, and they are pretty close to what we were told. Of course, when a dog comes from a rescue organisation they can be quite shut down and traumatised, so what you discover at home once they have settled in can be a surprise. We were offered a 2 week trial on both dogs and I know this rescue will take back dogs at any time, no questions asked.

    I wish you the best on your journey of adoption and finding a friend for Serena.

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    Hi everyone

    Thanks for your replies. I have contacted SABBR, Shenton Park and have also seen a couple of adult Staff x on gumtree that might fit the bill. I figure either way, we'll be getting a dog that needs a new home. I will keep you guys informed if/when I decide on something.
    Cheers

    Adrian

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    Shenton Park refuge is usually very good at assessing temperaments as they have a professional dog trainer who does work for them who I know well. They are the only rescue organisation I have had anything much to do with in WA. I look for specific characteristics in any rescue dog I take on and their trainer knows what they are.

    Good luck and take your time finding a dog that you will be happy with.

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    Be very careful of the gumtree ads.

    Sometimes they're just fronts for puppy farms or back yard breeders and you don't want to be rewarding either with your money.

    It is also probably where dogs get listed that the owners can't keep for whatever reason. It's hard for me to not view that the same as parents trying to rehome their children but sometimes life is a b*tch and the dog has to find a new place and we just hope they get a good home like Ados...

    Before you make any final decision or part with any money, make sure you take Serena with you, and ideally the kids and supremely patient wife too. If Serena or the new dog don't get along you'd be in a world of trouble. Sometimes gumtree ads don't mention the dog is being rehomed because it wants to kill all the other dogs at that home.

    You want the new dog to be desexed, and vaccinated and have that first meeting of dogs on neutral territory - neither dogs' home or favourite park or favourite beach.

    And that would be why I'd rather look at the dogs on petrescue - most of them are being fostered and most of the rescue people would only want to home their foster with you if they thought you'd all get along and there's usually a trial period where if it's really not working - you can hand the dog back. If you want your money back at this point - make sure you get that in writing before you hand any cash over.

    PS money you save on the up front price you may end up spending in extra vet fees down the track from dodgy breeding practices. This is possibly less true (here's hoping) of staffies than Labradors (hip dysplasia) etc but something to think about.

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