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    Quote Originally Posted by pbk1776 View Post
    3. I'm in no position anymore to give a lot of time to spend to take the dogs for lots of physical activities, unlike when I am still in Uni and single.
    In regards to the above sentence, both a Staffy or a PBT are definitely out of the question. I grew up with 2 PBT and they are definitely a high energy breed, not only do they need to be excercised daily, they also need lots of mental stimulation as they are extremely smart dogs. I would also imply that if you don't have time to excercise your PB regularly then you definitely won't have time with the training & socialization aspect of owning one. I've never owned a Staffy but from what i can gather from owners of them on this forum they are also a high energy breed, but i will let somebody who has knowledge of them tell you the in's and out of owning one.

    I just read your above post in regards to your work schedule - these two breeds are not good left alone for long periods of time. The enjoy human company, and quite frankly the breed just doesn't sound right for your lifestyle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuri_89 View Post
    In regards to the above sentence, both a Staffy or a PBT are definitely out of the question. I grew up with 2 PBT and they are definitely a high energy breed, not only do they need to be excercised daily, they also need lots of mental stimulation as they are extremely smart dogs. I would also imply that if you don't have time to excercise your PB regularly then you definitely won't have time with the training & socialization aspect of owning one. I've never owned a Staffy but from what i can gather from owners of them on this forum they are also a high energy breed, but i will let somebody who has knowledge of them tell you the in's and out of owning one.

    I think I am down to own a Staffy or Amstaff - PT will be no longer on the list - As you said Hopefully a staffy owner or an AMStaff owner can jump in to my thread. The more owners I will meet the better, so far just family friends gave some info to me. but real breeders? haven't heard from them yet.

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    I also forgot to mention - that I met with the VET just next block from my Suburban house - they run regular socializing sessions for puppies and dogs. We will sign up for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbk1776 View Post
    Even just a staffy? TBH my only choice is a blue staffy.

    Anyway here is my lyfestyle and how much I can spare time to a new dog

    I work in the IT industry, lives in Mac Arthur Area and works in North Sydney. So about 1hr20mins travel time one way. I get home most of the days around 5:30pm, My parnter gets home after picking up the boy from child care around the same time. So everyday we will spend 1 hour physical activities like walking and playing. remember this dog will be both indoor and outdoor. During the weekend when we go out he/she will come except special occasions such as bdays and etc...

    That's tjsut the overview of our lyfestyle - will this hinder us from owning the dogs in my choices?
    If your only choice is a staffy, it just may not be the right time to get one now. From what I've heard, they are real people dogs too and may not cope very well with being left alone for that long, even inside. They can get pretty destructive when bored or stressed.

    If you are open to other suggestions, there are other breeds that would deal better with your lifestyle.

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    An hour a day is not enough time to invest in a puppy's socialisation. Nor is it enough time to invest in training and exercise for an adult Staffy OR Amstaff.

    You rehomed your last dogs because they are working breeds and you felt your house/time wasn't enough for them.

    Staffy's and Amstaff's are working breeds as well and require the same amount of time and effort as any GSP would and probably more effort as a young pup in socialisation.

    As already pointed out they are also highly people orientated and are better off not being left at home ALONE for 10 + hours per day. They have a tendency to separation anxiety which can become problematic including annoying the cr*p out of neighbours (crying Staffy's sounds like squeeling pigs) and destructiveness.

    I would advice you look at a lower energy, lower drive breed who won't require as much socialisation, training or exercise as a Am/Staffy will or wait until your lifestyle will more suit the breed of dog you wish to own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keira & Phoenix View Post
    An hour a day is not enough time to invest in a puppy's socialisation. Nor is it enough time to invest in training and exercise for an adult Staffy OR Amstaff.

    You rehomed your last dogs because they are working breeds and you felt your house/time wasn't enough for them.

    Staffy's and Amstaff's are working breeds as well and require the same amount of time and effort as any GSP would and probably more effort as a young pup in socialisation.

    As already pointed out they are also highly people orientated and are better off not being left at home ALONE for 10 + hours per day. They have a tendency to separation anxiety which can become problematic including annoying the cr*p out of neighbours (crying Staffy's sounds like squeeling pigs) and destructiveness.

    I would advice you look at a lower energy, lower drive breed who won't require as much socialisation, training or exercise as a Am/Staffy will or wait until your lifestyle will more suit the breed of dog you wish to own.
    I am after for a large dog - what would be the best suitable dog to own?

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    There are a couple of greyhound owners that come to our local park, they swear the breed is pretty docile and they need little to no excercise - they usually do nothing at the dog park too, just stand around looking elegant. I had the perception they would need a good run since they're racing dogs but apparently not.

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    Sorry , but as per usual I am going to be the odd one out here in this thread ( hell usually on the whole forum ) The only thing I would suggest is let go of the 'blue' bit being so important,look for the dog underneath the coat first and if it happens to be blue well than thats a bonus.

    I don't see any reason why you could not own an Amstaff or Stafford . Everyone needs to work for goodness sake. Many,many dogs do not even get an hour a day exercise and training. You will need to be extra vigilant though in your training/socialisation the someone who has hours up their sleeve. The fact that you are enrolling in a club and taking dog everywhere ( like mine really lol ) with you in car is also an added bonus. Many good breeders would love to hear from someone like yourself but they will be sure to endeavour that the dog will really get that hour's exercise/training. When you say the dog will be an inside outside dog , do you mean outside whilst you are at work and inside when home ? If so you will need to ensure you have a super secure yard with fencing and lockable gate. Also be prepared to have them turn them selves inside out when you get home each day as they really are a people orientated breed.

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    Oh and if you are after a large dog,I have a 6 month old Bull Arab girl for adoption ( see Rescue thread)

    ps just editing to add before someone jumps on the 'but the yard isn't big enough' foy my BA girl. Pippa is biggest couch potatoe I've yet to meet and I've met some doozey Amstaff ones.
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    You're probably right, CC. I think I might have been reading things between the lines that are not necessarily there.

    pdk, do you absolutely want a puppy? Otherwise you could look at rescue staffies too? The foster carers will be able to tell you if they can cope with being left alone, are good with kids and dogs, etc. There are lots of staffies that end up in rescue. Obviously some of them do end up there because they have issues, but definitely not all of them.

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