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    Don't underestimate your daughter's ability for understanding. Malamutes and Siberians are from different continents - different sides of the world! It's like calling a basenji a dingo because they look and behave a little similarly...
    haha, i know exactly what you mean, but shes 6 and until recently thougth ALL dogs were either gsd's or huskys ahah (im talking labs, kelpies you name it, it was either one of those 2)...

    SO it was simply to try and explain to her that there are LOTS of different breeds, and mal's and huskys to HER look to similar to distinguish the difference; shes not grown up with dogs/knows much about them so baby steps

    and where we live, there are hardly any around (although i did try and adopt an elkhound before chloe, but someone beat me to it!)

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    Look...I call my 2 purebred Staffordshire Bull Terriers "Staffies" too. I don't find that degrading at all. I must say...I haven't heard many call them "Stafford's". If you say to people you have a Staffy...they know what you are talking about in general. I have never had anyone say...but is it an Amstaff or Staffordshire bull terrier when I call them staffies.

    We all have our personal preferences and Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a bit of a mouthful

    Staffy it still is for me...LOL
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    I say Stafford.
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    I think connotations associated with a name just come from your experiences. Personally I have never come across 'bad press' when it comes to SBTs. So therefore I call them Staffys and I don't think that's degrading, and I wouldn't think it was degrading if I owned one. But that's my opinion...

    I don't think I'd ever heard them being called Stafford or Staffordshire Bull Terrier before I joined the forum...

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    Hey Blu -Staff, Your dog does indeed look to be lovely.

    I am sticking my nose in and responding to you for 2 reasons:

    1) Have a look in my album and you will see my SBT who I think from the pic you have posted is close in colour to yours. My Bella my Staffy is a liver. There are also pics of my blue pei there. Pei or Stafford, the blue colour is the same or at least very similar and will give you a good idea.

    2) Now to breeding, boy where do I start? Running Shar Pei Rescue in Victoria takes me to most of the pounds here in Mexico on a regular basis. I am absolutely heartbroken at how many Amstaffs and SBT's I see there ALL THE TIME, EVERY SINGLE HORRIBLE VISIT!! Further, I would estimate that approx 40% of the dogs I see behind bars are registered!! (Similar statistics to Shar Pei actually). There is a reason for this. As a cute little pup, these dogs look sensational, cute and lovely little critters. However, as both these breeds are a "dominant breed dog" over the next 18 months if they don't have a strong dominant pack leader owner who spends that time exposing them to something ridiculous like 5000 dogs and people, and spending 10 mins twice a day EVERY day training them, these dear little pups grow into STRONG, out of control and undesirable dogs. I can't even begin to tell you just how many rescues we get in between the 12 - 18 month age bracket who need to be totally trained so as they are rehomable.

    Now to the cost of rescuing a dog. SHAR PEI Rescue has had some 33 dogs through our doors so far this year (now this is Vic alone remember, and this breed is nothing like as common as the SBT/Amstaff breeds). Of this 33 I have spent over 10k in vet fees, training fees, food, transport etc, etc. AFTER what we receive back from adoption fees. This money comes from my own pocket and fundraising, there is no gov funding for breed specific rescue. Again I have to say 33 Shar Pei is NOTHING to what goes to Stafford Rescue. They are SO full up they often have to leave dogs behind. And as to Stafford X's, well, they don't even get a look in to Staffy Rescue. Staffy Rescue simply doesn't have room (or money) for all the pure breds, let alone the X breeds.

    So before you breed, please consider what I say, after all it may be someone just like me picking up the pieces of your litter in 2011......that is if the dog is lucky enough to qualify into breed specific care. If in any case, if you do decide to breed, I would encourage you to desex and microchip all the pups before they leave your care. At least in this way you won't be responsible for the next cycle of back yard breeding.

    Please consider.......
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    And can I add if possible, check to see if there is any history of Shar-Pei Fever. I am still battling to keep my girl going after a serious episode & because she came from a deceased estate there is no way to go back and find out, its too late now anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MISCHIEFMAKA View Post
    dear oh dear....

    You dont have Reg papers for your dog so that means one of two things either A: its a cross bred dog or B: its from an unreg back yard breeder.
    Either way you cannot breed it...
    The mere fact that you have what equates to a pitbull is reason enough to get him desexed and keep a low profile....Rangers have bylaws that allow them to impound your dog if you cannot prove he is not a pitbull and the only thiing that can prove that is a set of ANKC reg papers...

    Please desex your dog and do the right thing for the breed...
    Good luck with him he is a cutie.
    PLEASE listen to Mischiefmaka Blu_Staff......they breed BEAUTIFUL amstaff's, they are a registered kennel and OBVIOUSLY know what they are doing.


    (If Meeka is anything to go by......I am just so totally IN LOVE with the pics I have seen of her MM, Meeka has the potential to convert me lol, well close anyway)!!!
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    Each to their own of course, but .. I have always witnessed more positive connotations from the term 'staffy' than the 'formal' name of the breed. Staffy to me has always symbolised a beautiful and family orientated breed .. so has it to most people I know who have ever bred, owned or heard in the street talk about.

    Publicly, this also seems to be the case, most people seem to recognise a 'staffy' through the media much more readily than any other name. This is a fantastic thing I think for the SBT as I rarely hear negative stories about 'Staffys'. I live up in NQ so I can't presume to know always how perceptions are so please correct me if I am wrong here.

    As for the tough dog owner mentality .. I just haven't seen it. Yeah you'll get your wankers (as in all aspects of pooch ownership), but anyone I have known who says you have a 'staffy' .. it's always AWwwwwwwwwwww.. not GRrrrrrrrrrrrrr! Not a bad thing for the SBT .. considering the crazy media interpretations at the moment. Let's just let the 'staffy' be what it is ..

    Finally, every owner has the right to call their pooch whatever they wish .. whether it be a breed name interpretation, an abbreviation .. a nickname. Any or all will p*ss someone off .. it's just how we relate to certain things. Some love one, others will hate another .. it's all cool, let's just go with what's right for the pooch and for us as owners .. I know there is common ground there somewhere?

    Staffys forever!

    SH, Loles n' Zep

    Ps .. I'm sorry Blu-Staff, as this response doesn't directly relate to the questions you asked, however the the thread did start talking about the topic. From what you first wrote, I love your dog, WOW. I think it's been taken on from there to which I won't add.

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