Staffies - good choice of pet for young children?

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  1. scattyk

    scattyk PetForums Member

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    Hi everyone!

    Am new to this forum, but think all advice etc on here is great.

    We have been researching what puppy to get to fit into out family and think (from the homework that i've done) that a staffie would be suitable. We have found a very good breeder with great pups and all paperwork etc.

    I have 2 young children aged 4 and 5 and just wanted reasurance really that we have made the right choice. Does anyone know anything about this breed and young kids?? I have read many stories in the media, but we are responsable people and our kids will be taught how to respect the dog and behave around him.

    Any input would be great!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!
     
  2. JSR

    JSR PetForums VIP

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    Well seeing as 3 of my 5 dogs are staffie crosses....I'm most likely to say GET A STAFFIE!!!!:001_tongue: All of mine are fabulous with kids, and the added bonus is you'll never need a hot water bottle again!!! They love to sleep but can find some energy when a long walk is on offer. In my mind you can't get a better compact little dog, but I am bias!! They are known as the 'nanny dog' for a very good reason. My bitch was extreamly badly abused by her previous owner she very nearly died because she put herself in between the man and his children when he was drunkenly attacking them, luckily she was saved but it shows the sheer loyality and love these dogs have.


    The only thing I will say is.. please check out your local rescue first. I work in rescue and we specifically work towards changing the publics attitude towards staffie and staffie crosses. Unfortunately due to idiots breeding because they think they can make money, we have a massive amount of staffies through our doors, often very young pups!! You obviously won't get the papers but you will get (if you have a good rescue locally) good back up and support.

    You will need to buy yourself a new sofa cos you'll never get on yours again, and your bed will always be unmade because it will have burrowed under the duvet...but a small price to pay in my eyes!!!:wink::001_tt1:
     
  3. sallyanne

    sallyanne Guest

    Hi and welcome,
    Excellent choice of breed ;)

    I own two staffords,they are a very people orientated breed and they do love children,as long as your children respect your pup he will be just fine.

    The only down side to the breed is that they may not tolerate other dogs as they mature,early socialisation with other dogs is very important.

    You should also be aware of the health issues with in the breed,
    L2/HC and PHPV & PPSC,the parents to your pup should have been tested for these,
    Who is the breeder out of curiosity ?
     
  4. borderer

    borderer Guest

    i have had staffies for years all brought up with my kids staffs love children:D:D
     
  5. ninja

    ninja PetForums VIP

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    hi,
    i think a staffie is a great choice as a family pet, but do you need one with papers, have you tried your local rehoming centers i know the ones round where i live often have staffie pups in.
     
  6. shortbackandsides

    shortbackandsides PetForums VIP

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    great idea in theory,to contact rescues,but a lot of them wont rehome with young children.
     
  7. sarah1984

    sarah1984 PetForums Senior

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    Staffies are wonderful dogs and generally known for being fantastic with children too. We dont have young kids ourselves but when we take our boy along to family things and he sees the little ones he is really good! It just makes me mad the comments we get from people sometimes about our 'dangerous dog', even though he is the softest dog we own!
     
  8. scattyk

    scattyk PetForums Member

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    thanks for your input everyone!

    We have checked out our local rehoming place, but have been told they will not rehome a staff with children of our(s) age.
     
  9. rona

    rona Guest

    I think the only down side to a Staffie with small children is their exhuberance when they are young. I have never own a Staffie but the one thing I have noticed about them is their zest for life, they seem to enjoy everything:D
     
  10. sarah1984

    sarah1984 PetForums Senior

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    Too true! We have a 9 month old and he is up the wall! His zest for life is very much raging but he is incredibly affectionate and follows me round like my shadow. You have to definitely be 'pack leader' with a staffie and I would never leave kids alone with any breed of dog but you do have to be careful of a Staffie's strength and the playing can be a little rough if you dont know how to control it properly.
     

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