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    Damned if you do and damned if you don't! The reality is that ANY dog left tied up while the owner pops in to the shops has the potential to bite someone - forget about that someone having a modicum of commonsense to NOT approach a dog they don't know. Same goes for the family you encountered - stupid parents letting their child go up to your dog.

    No matter how wonderful a temperament your dog has, the sad truth is that the general public judge your dog by how it looks, not by it's temperament. Sadly it means that you may have to be a little more careful about taking her out in public - god-dog-son is an AmStaff x and he is the sookiest most gentle dog, yet people are terrified of him, and his owners are terrified that the BSL might have him seized.

    In the meantime give your dogs a cuddle from me to make up for the idiots out there!

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    Jeez Newfienut, I'd love to know what the heck ppl have been doing to george whilst out in public to make you feel this way. That's sad. But yes, ppl can be very ignorant and uninformed.

    I also think that every one of us here has at some stage been both irresponsible and naive. Hell, if we haven't we must all be perfect! Lol.

    Instead of hashing out whether you were naive or irresponsible, Judge, perhaps look at it that today was a lesson learnt for you. Simple as that, really IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreysAreGreat View Post
    Damned if you do and damned if you don't! The reality is that ANY dog left tied up while the owner pops in to the shops has the potential to bite someone - forget about that someone having a modicum of commonsense to NOT approach a dog they don't know. Same goes for the family you encountered - stupid parents letting their child go up to your dog.

    No matter how wonderful a temperament your dog has, the sad truth is that the general public judge your dog by how it looks, not by it's temperament. Sadly it means that you may have to be a little more careful about taking her out in public - god-dog-son is an AmStaff x and he is the sookiest most gentle dog, yet people are terrified of him, and his owners are terrified that the BSL might have him seized.

    In the meantime give your dogs a cuddle from me to make up for the idiots out there!
    I have a purebred SBT and people used to go around him in a big circle when he was 4 months old...he is the sookiest thing, but judged by what he looks like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    I have a purebred SBT and people used to go around him in a big circle when he was 4 months old...he is the sookiest thing, but judged by what he looks like.
    Look Cleas, I'd love to know what % of Australians own Staffordshire Bull Terriers? There seem to be sooo many of them out there, and yes, more often than not they are a family dog. From education I would hazard to say they are one of the most overall friendliest, child-savvy breeds you could get.

    So I guess I'm just stunned at the attitude that is obviously still being portrayed towards SBT's!

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    I echo the others, protect your lovely dog from the idiots out there the best way you can from the great suggestions made.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Look Cleas, I'd love to know what % of Australians own Staffordshire Bull Terriers? There seem to be sooo many of them out there, and yes, more often than not they are a family dog. From education I would hazard to say they are one of the most overall friendliest, child-savvy breeds you could get.

    So I guess I'm just stunned at the attitude that is obviously still being portrayed towards SBT's!
    I agree.
    I only found out they were used for bull baiting only recently.
    I didn't know they were having attitude troubles..
    Education not Legislation

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Look Cleas, I'd love to know what % of Australians own Staffordshire Bull Terriers? There seem to be sooo many of them out there, and yes, more often than not they are a family dog. From education I would hazard to say they are one of the most overall friendliest, child-savvy breeds you could get.

    So I guess I'm just stunned at the attitude that is obviously still being portrayed towards SBT's!
    I truly believe it is due to what the media portrays them as...Staffies LOVE people...they are miserable without them...they crave human companionship but can also as we know...be quite unpredictable with other dogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    I truly believe it is due to what the media portrays them as...Staffies LOVE people...they are miserable without them...they crave human companionship but can also as we know...be quite unpredictable with other dogs.

    Well said Dorte & i fully agree with you & your words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Jeez Newfienut, I'd love to know what the heck ppl have been doing to george whilst out in public to make you feel this way. That's sad. But yes, ppl can be very ignorant and uninformed.

    I also think that every one of us here has at some stage been both irresponsible and naive. Hell, if we haven't we must all be perfect! Lol.

    Instead of hashing out whether you were naive or irresponsible, Judge, perhaps look at it that today was a lesson learnt for you. Simple as that, really IMO.
    People just seem to not be able to get over the 'OMG it looks like a bear!' and want to get right in his face.... Maybe if it was just one or two people it would be ok, but if I turn my back, there will be at least 10 people surrounding him within about a minute (no exaggeration). Not very nice for George! Parents also let their kids run up to 'the bear dog' and give it a hug or fake bark at him.. which has absolutely traumatised him and is now something I need to address. DA when you get your pup make sure you have him exposed to as many people as you can as he will be the most popular dog in town!!

    http://georgescity.blogspot.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Floyd View Post
    Well said Dorte & i fully agree with you & your words.
    Thanx

    With that said...I am scared sh*tless that my breed will be the next one on the BSL list....my beautiful, misunderstood breed

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