Do you mean all staffy breeds?[/QUOTE]
Mainly the English Staffys, but have also known amstaffs to develop these behaviours too. If you properly research the triggers of separation anxiety and how to prevent it, then you should be fine..they are smart dogs and learn bad habbits as quickly as good ones. Im not trying to make a generalisation about the breed, because not ALL staffys suffer with separation anxiety, but it is definatley something to be aware of. For example; desensitising the puppy to you picking up your keys, leaving and coming straight back inside before it misses you, picking up the keys, putting on your coat, grabbing your handbag/briefcase, but sitting down for a coffee rather than walking out the door. These little steps are usually used to help treat dogs that already have a separation issue, but can also help with preventing it, because you are never allowing the dog to recognise a 'trigger' of you leaving them at home for a long period of time. Also, taking the dog with you everywhere you get the chance is also a bad idea..my dogs often spend up to 8 hours a day, outside, alone, whilst were out..we only take them on outings once a month or so, as a treat and to keep up with the socialising (they also get regular walks) once were home, they are inside with us. So if you have your heart set on a Staffy, make sure your prepared to do some extra training techniques to prevent issues such as anxiety. I have been studying separation anxiety for the past 4 years in my spare time, it is quite facinating. When i was younger, we had an English Staffy that had to be PTS because her anxiety got so bad, the ONLY thing we did not try was sedating her when we had to leave her..because that is no life for a dog. I was only a kid, and she was my best friend. Its a sensitive topic in the household still, it was our fault..we took her everywhere with us on the weekends and holidays, gave her ellaborate greetings when we returned home, yelled at her for destroying the garden..(everything you SHOULDNT do), all because we didnt know. We have ALL learnt from that experience and now have 3 very happy dogs, who love their daily routine of sleeping outside until we return home for play-time, walkies and training. If you want a Staffy, do your research and be prepared to do a little extra training.
"Dogs are miracles with paws" - Susan Kennedy