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    It must be said that a lot of staffies and staffy crosses end up in shelters and I think that might confirm the notion that they are not the easiest dog you could have? I mean in terms of coping with being left alone and excercise/stimulation needs.

    I'd be interested to hear if the OP would be willing to explore other breeds after reading some of the advice here?

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    That's a fair question Beloz. Working greeds and Terriers would be, generally, some of the highest energy and requiring-active-simulation breeds around.

    I think sometimes there is a tendency to forget that Staffords are terriers, and activity wise many of them are true terriers...

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    Thanks for all the advice so far guys (and girls)

    Looks like I've created quite the debate on whether the sort of dog I am looking at getting (breed & age) will be suitable for my lifestyle. Not sure what to do in this regard. Like I said, i've been wanting to get a dog for a quite a while now and think I can provide a good home. I guess getting any dog can be quite the gamble as you never know how it will be behave until it has settled into its new home. I would hate to have to discard the idea totally because of what might happen but at the same time dont want to get into a situation where the dog is having major behavioural problems from being left home alone during the day.

    Beloz, yes I am open to other suggestions on breeds of dogs (though I've never been that keen on smaller dogs). Havng said that, who is to say another breed of dog would be any better or worse in this regard? Seems like it is very dependant on the personality of the dog as much as the breed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    It must be said that a lot of staffies and staffy crosses end up in shelters and I think that might confirm the notion that they are not the easiest dog you could have? I mean in terms of coping with being left alone and excercise/stimulation needs.

    I'd be interested to hear if the OP would be willing to explore other breeds after reading some of the advice here?
    There are several options. Consider exploring other breeds or be prepared for the worst and hope for the best. If choosing a pup from a good breeder the breeder should have a reasonable idea you would think.

    My chosen breed the cattle dog comes with that. I was prepared to deal with whatever I got in terms of needs. My Border collies are the same. My first BC was a showbred and she was as laid back as any dog could be which I found dissapointing LOL. She likes to go out ,but 45 minutes a day for her would be more than enough. She is a couch potato. But then so is her mother.

    My next BC a working bred dog is about as high energy as you could wish for (as is his mother) and although he has a good off switch would not be suitable for suburbia unless you had true committment LOL.

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    Again, most foster carers would be able to give you a fair idea of how the dog would cope with being left alone with 45 mins a day. There will always be some unpredictability but the foster carers usually know their dogs quite well.

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    Yes you need as much detail as you can get about either the foster dog or if going for a pup, the pups background. Most reputable rescues would be unlikely to put a dog back into a situation that it was dumped from.

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    ok, well I guess the next step would be to start visting some animal shelters and discussing with the people there what dogs might be suitable. If I were to consider another breed, what would you recommend?

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    If you do like the larger dogs a Rescue greyhound comes to mind....i have seen some lovely dogs lately, as we have a very good greyhound Rescue nearby.
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