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    Okay So we are adopting a new dog. There are no kids living with me and my mother. I'm 15 so i feel i can handle a dog, Ive had dogs all my life when i was living with other people untill now. But we are ready for a new dog.
    Iv'e got this thing where i love the muscular dog look also.
    We are deciding of either a English staff or a American Staff, Ive wanted a english staffy since i was around 10 And researched ALOT about it, but just couldn't get one so now its a good time to.

    So which of the two would be best me me and my mother.

    We would like a affectionate dog. (which of the two loves affection more)

    I'd Love a active dog to muck around with. (Which is more engergetic)

    I'd like a dog that know when to be protective. (Just incase im not home and something happends like someone trying to break in etc. Id like my mum to be safe)

    I'd also love a clown of a dog that would make me laugh

    Okay so those are the first few things i can think of.. But i know the dog would have needs of like Shedding and other stuff, thats all sorted.

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    Hey, welcome to the forum.....definitely go staffy. I am so biased though as I have an AMstaff. Oskar is an awesome pooch, still young,but he is part clown, part lounge lizard and 100% beautiful. Staffies are very affectionate, love cuddles. Oskar isn't a security guard but he will let us know if someone at the front gate. Oh he malts heaps, so I hope your mum has an awesome vaccuum cleaner!! Well done on doing your research!!

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    Okay So we are adopting a new dog. There are no kids living with me and my mother. I'm 15 so i feel i can handle a dog, Ive had dogs all my life when i was living with other people untill now. But we are ready for a new dog.
    Iv'e got this thing where i love the muscular dog look also.
    We are deciding of either a English staff or a American Staff, Ive wanted a english staffy since i was around 10 And researched ALOT about it, but just couldn't get one so now its a good time to.

    So either a Amstaff or a English Staffy!!


    We would like a affectionate dog. (which of the two loves affection more)

    I'd Love a active dog to muck around with. (Which is more engergetic)

    I'd like a dog that know when to be protective. (Just incase im not home and something happends like someone trying to break in etc. Id like my mum to be safe)

    I'd also love a clown of a dog that would make me laugh

    Okay so those are the first few things i can think of.. But i know the dog would have needs of like Shedding and other stuff, thats all sorted.

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    Hi and welcome

    Either breed will happily fulfill all of your above criteria .
    And just a little note , not trying to be picky but its a bit of a bug bear of mine , there is no such thing as an 'English' Staffy. It is just Staffordshire Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier. No English anywhere

    Will the dog gets lot of walks,exercise and personal interaction?
    Will the dog live indoors with you?
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    Oh my god, talk about weird, I thought I had answered this question haha!! Anyway I totally agree with choppachop!! Absolutely beautiful dogs!! My boy is an AMstaff and is a beautiful natured pooch!!

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    As Choppa said, both dogs will fulfil your requirements.

    However, owning a dog with other people and owning a dog by yourself are two totally different things. The responsibility increases tenfold. Whether you choose a Stafford or AmStaff you will need to be willing to put in considerable time for training and socialisation, especially during the first year or so. They crave human interaction so can have a hard time being an outside only dog. Being only 15, I assume you are still at school? Which means you will have school/homework/part time job?!/plus friends to hang out with. Do you think you will have time to keep up with the exercise and training needs of what can be two very hyperactive and destructive (when bored) breeds?

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

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    Why has the name 'English Staffy' always been around then if it isn't the correct name? I'm truly curious because I have always thought it was English Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

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    Yeah the dog will be living inside.
    The dog will get a daily walk, and Yes it will definitely get personal interaction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jadielee87 View Post
    As Choppa said, both dogs will fulfil your requirements.

    However, owning a dog with other people and owning a dog by yourself are two totally different things. The responsibility increases tenfold. Whether you choose a Stafford or AmStaff you will need to be willing to put in considerable time for training and socialisation, especially during the first year or so. They crave human interaction so can have a hard time being an outside only dog. Being only 15, I assume you are still at school? Which means you will have school/homework/part time job?!/plus friends to hang out with. Do you think you will have time to keep up with the exercise and training needs of what can be two very hyperactive and destructive (when bored) breeds?
    Im not at school at the moment for personal reasons but obviously soon ill be going back, But my mother would be home so it wouldnt get home alone at all at most probs like 1-3 hours aday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahlz View Post
    Why has the name 'English Staffy' always been around then if it isn't the correct name? I'm truly curious because I have always thought it was English Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
    It actually hasn't "always" been around. It's relatively recent in this country, and is copied from the American name for the breed. They seem to have a habit of adding "English" to some breed names, in some cases because they have developed their own variety from the original and maybe they don't want to think of the originals as the actual originals but just as another country's version? This is the case for the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bulldog, Cocker Spaniel, etc. but it is a mystery to me why they have dubbed the Mastiff as the "English Mastiff" and there are probaby other examples.

    My guess is these incorrect names have become common in Australia because many of the coffee-table type generalist dog books are US made so that people not accustomed to the correct names have picked up the American ones?
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