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    My comment on males and females - entirely up to each individual dog and breed. I have had some incredibly high drive females - my best agility dog by far was a female, that dog was up for any kind of action and still is at age 11. I currently have a lower key laid back male who doesnt do playing, and a very high drive playful male. Same with the girls I currently own. My preference is for females, I find they are often more focussed younger for what I do. But the boys are good too.

    As to breed and length of time leaving them, I think that is up to your management. I have had cattle dogs all my life and have also worked long hours having to leave dogs on their on. The rules for this is to exercise them for a good 45 -60 minutes before leaving in the morning. Even if you have to get up really early and regardless of what the weather is. Good running and playing exercise too, not just walking round the block.

    The same applies when you get back from work. I set aside an hour and half or more per day. On the weekends I did much more and my dog went everywhere with me.

    So just be aware of this with high energy breeds that you are planning to leave in your yard for long periods of time. I found marrow bones to be helpful too. Some young staffies I know are pretty full on but I also know some that if exercised and trained are fine with being left all day. I do know a staffy lab cross and he is very very full on and a staffy GSD X that is more laid back. Again depends on the dog.

    I think rescue is a good place to start. Just make sure you know if there are any issues. I have 2 from rescue and one in particular is timid but he has blossomed into a very nice dog. Sometimes high energy rescue dogs like one of mine are dumped because of this but in the right setting these problems dissapear, like with my kelpie when she came to me.

    Good luck and take your time.
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    My situation is very similar to yours. I work full time so don't have time to manage a puppy's needs. My dog is outside during the day but stays inside when I'm home, gets around 45 min exercise a day plus more on weekends. My rescue boy is 3 yrs old and I got him 4 months ago. And he is PERFECT. When I went to the shelter I told them in detail what sort of dog I wanted and they suggested those that could match. I took out 7 dogs that day before I made a decision.

    Therefore, I vote you investigate shelters or Staffy Rescue (if you are set on a Staffy). In regards to pure or cross breed, male or female - once you form a relationship with that dog, you'll love em regardless of what they are or how they look. As for behavioural issues with rescues, yes... it can be an issue but there are many people with puppies that turn into nightmare adults! (not saying that would happen to you, it's just a misconception that raising a puppy means it turns out perfect)

    If the dog is at Staffy Rescue or with a foster family, they will be able to give you a lot more detail about behaviour than a local pound. And with those are you considering, take the time to do a variety of activities - walk/ run together, sit together doing nothing, have some treats with you and see how she behaves when you offer food or try and lure her into a sit or drop, touch her face/ head/ ears/ paws/ belly/ mouth to see if she is ok being handled, walk her past other dogs, etc. The more dogs you see, the more you get a feel for who may be *the one*.

    How exciting for you. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    I'm going against the flow here and going to suggest that the breeds you have in mind may not be the best types to leave alone for much of the day.

    If you are really set on a staffy x, you would be best to look for an older dog that has been in foster for a decent period of time. What you will be looking for is a dog that is known to be settled being alone during the day. Staffords and some of their crosses are real people dogs. They can be prone to anxiety if left alone, which can translate into problem behaviours like barking, destruction etc.
    Firstly welcome...........
    I have to agree with this...the amount of exercise you think you will have time for would not be enough for young exuberant breed dogs. I have low drive dogs (newfoundlands) and mine get at least an hour a day exercise. And my high drive dog gets up to two to three, to keep her out of mischief and she is nearly six and still full of energy. there are many older sedate, but still full of energy dogs looking for a good home. And many of these have a very well established character and routine. And Foster cares or just attendants will be able to point them out to you.......You will have a huge amount of dogs to choose from when you go the rescue way. And the devotion of a Rescue is just very special. We have both males and females, entire and desexed...... I have found that both males and females attach them selves to hubby and myself. Hubby's velcro dog is a male Rescue newfie at present. Lukey chose hubby as his #1. The girls are mine......But in the past it has been the male has been mine and females his.

    Bitches can wander just as much as the boys. Once boys are not entire, the wanderlust seems to go too, but I am sure there will be exceptions to that too. Dogs are very individual.....I think it is more some breeds that tend to wander more then other breeds. You will find very few newfies wander LOL....sticky lot they are, velcro dogs.

    Sometimes I think wandering comes from loneliness or boredom too.....And then there is just plain adventure.

    Good luck in your search, it will be very exiting and believe me it can also be very stressful looking for a companion
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    I think it really depends on the individual dog. Some young dogs would cope ok with 45 mins a day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    I think it really depends on the individual dog. Some young dogs would cope ok with 45 mins a day.
    I think that you have less chance with a young high enery breed. Older friends of my mother had a young staffy and they probably didnt give him the exercise he required even though they were home with him and walked him and he became obsessed with chasing shadows and light on the walls and floors. So many high energy breeds end up in rescue because they develop ways of relieving the boredom.

    I remember despite my routine, one of my cattle dogs would still try and escape while I was at work, so with her I had to give her a good couple of hours exercise per day plus plenty of mind stimulating training to stop this and leave her puzzles in the garden like frozen bones and kongs etc. I only had this problem with one dog, but trouble is you get them as a pup you are not really going to know if they are going to be able to cope. She would have gone out of her mind if I had only spent 45 mins a day exercising her.

    Probably another plus for finding a rescue dog that is likely to cope.

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    Fair enough. Some of the staffy crosses may be lower energy though? My dog is supposed to have kelpie and staffy in her (not 100% sure, but pretty sure she has some working dog in her somewhere) but is nowhere near as high energy. She can do zoomies at 100mph and is always up for a play, but she does have an off button and doesn't seem to mind just chilling. As long as she has something to chew!

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    My staffies do fine on half and hour in the morning and sometimes the same at night. They sleep alllll day... Like right now I am cleaning (suppose to be) and they will follow me room to room and sleep in what ever room I am in! Lazy sods!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jadielee87 View Post
    My staffies do fine on half and hour in the morning and sometimes the same at night. They sleep alllll day... Like right now I am cleaning (suppose to be) and they will follow me room to room and sleep in what ever room I am in! Lazy sods!
    But you dont leave them for 9 hours a day every day? I currently have high drive working dogs and when I am home, I dont have to exercise them as much and they seem content with lying around when I am around and simply hanging out with me. It seems very different to leaving them for long lonely days on their own.

    On the days when I work it is entirely different. If I was leaving them every day for 9 hours on that amount of exercise there would be trouble LOL..
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    When I am not on holidays they are alone from around 8am until 5-5.30pm Monday to Friday. Still no issues.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by jadielee87 View Post
    When I am not on holidays they are alone from around 8am until 5-5.30pm Monday to Friday. Still no issues.
    Yes it can be fine for some dogs. I have cattle dogs that have done fine too.

    I just know some staffies that were definitely not fine, like the shadow chasing one and a niegbours staffy that drove me nuts with her continuous barking during the day or night when no one was home. You know that toneless bark dogs to when they are bored out of their brains, and her propensity to fence fight and hurl herself at the fence when I was just working in the garden.

    Owner did a lot of shift work and only took the dog for walks around the block or may be down the beach for short walks. He didnt know what went on during the day or night when he wasnt there. I was glad to leave that behind when I moved.

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