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For all the good SBT owners....

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by animallover111, Jul 14, 2009.


  1. animallover111

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    Leading on from my mum's horrible finding yesterday......

    I know many members here are very knowledgable about the breed SBT.Poppy is the first SBT i have ever owned she is only 6 months and we still have lots to learn.......up until getting Poppy,i knew nothing about the breed its only now i have realised just how much comes with owning one....so all this bad press,negativity is all new to me and my lastest shock was yesterday regarding dog fighting....:mad:

    I would never ever part with Poppy if people want to avoid us thats ok i do just wish people would keep there uncalled for remarks to themselves....

    Obviously all us members here who own SBT's are all good owners...but yesterday made me think......

    Do the good owners actually out number the bad owners?or sadly is it the other way round,the bad owners out number the good ones?

    After all the bad press,the amount of these breeds in rescue,the amout of sbt breeds pts daily.....im beginning to think the bad out number the good :( :(
     
  2. westie~ma

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    I know three SBT people (2 friends, one neighbour) and they have good dogs.

    It's not a breed that I avoid out on our walks, all the ones I have met are with sensible and knowledgable owners.

    Now, Jack Russells? Nasty blighters the ones we meet, I avoid them alright ;)
     
  3. r_neupert

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    My dog is often mistaken for one. I don't find people say nasty things, just things like if she's wearing a halti, it's of course a muzzle because she bites! I do find mothers with kids avoid us like the plague, which is always interesting as we walk past a school in the morning :devil:

    I think a lot of it too is what your SBT is wearing too (sounds stupid i know), but if it has a big studded collar on, a leather harness, or a chain lead, it seems to play on the stereotypes for the dog as fighting hard dogs, as opposed to an SBT which is wearing a pink collar!
     
  4. sallyanne

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    I know lots of good SBT owners,however you never really hear about these owners,just the idiots which are in the minority thankfully.
    It happens in all breeds but I suppose with the Stafford having such a colourful history etc people wrongly make assumptions.

    It certainly doesn't help the breed with rehoming and even if the dog isn't good with other dogs it doesn't automatically make them people aggressive.
    Most Staffords when they mature are not good with other dogs,I have a bitch here that isn't,but I have a dog who is fantastic.

    Staffords are a breed that don't go looking trouble,however when challenged they are unlikely to back down.
     
  5. JSR

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    That is very true, my brother in law adopted a staffie from a local Staffie rescue, he was told in no uncertain terms she must not be given a studded collar or a traditional staffie harness. Because my BIL is a very big bloke with tattoo's they were worried of his reason's for wanting one (after his homecheck and meeting his family they realised he was a fabulous owner!) so they wanted the dog to be 'dressed' as unsterotypically as possible because of Kev's looks. Turns out they didn't have to worry, most of the time Grace (the dog) has nail varnish and a pink tutu..thanks to his teenage daughter who loves dressing her up!!!:D

    I have met some wonderful staffie owners, alot of them some people would cross the road (from the owners not the dogs!!) but they adore their dogs and treat them wonderfully! You can't judge a book by it's cover, dog or owner!

    I do dress my staffie boy in pirate print collars and the like but he's such a smiling sweet soul I don't worry about anyone being afraid of him!! Most people cross the road when they see me coming with 5 + dogs anyway!!!:001_tt2:
     
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    Theres very little bad press around here regarding staffies, could be coz I live near Stoke tho. Vast majority of staffies I've met have been great, occasionaly get problems regarding being social but think thats because of the reputation of the breed, some owners are unable to socialise their dogs outside of training which in its self can produce problems that enhance the reputation
     
  7. Thorne

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    I think i agree that the good owners outnumber the bad, but thanks to the media the bad SBT reputation is hardly likely to diminish any time soon. Same with the Rottweiler and in the states, the Pit Bull.
    The irresponible morons who just want a macho/fighting dog are still the root of the problem though....

    Thing is that i'd love a staff, and i love the look of thick leather collars on bull and mastiff breeds - i'm predicting heavy avoidance in my dog-owning future! :p
     
  8. Blitz

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    I love the breed, they are lovely dogs. At long last I got round to watching My Weapon is a Dog and as I live in an out of the way place where I dont see such people or dogs it was a real eye opener. There was a bad attack in Aberdeen by 2 youths with pit bull type dogs the other day. It didnt say the dogs joined in the attack but the boys had them with them while they put a bloke in hospital.
     
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    I would'nt worry so much if I was you. Just enjoy your dogs :)
     
  10. charlie9009

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    I do believe that the majority of staffie owners are good, but the media will only ever pick up on the bad one's, it sells more papers. :mad:

    Aroung here there are quite a few staffie's, and alot owned by young people, or men with tatoo's etc. but I don't think I've seen a nasty one yet! They are all friendly and well trained, and clearly loved by their owners. :)

    When Tess was a puppy we had taken her into town, so she could get used to seeing lots of people. An old lady came up to me to fuss her when I was stood outside a shop. When I told her what breed the adorable little puppy was she backed off and said "I'm glad I'm meeting her now, not when she's older. They're nasty dogs" And what was her dog doing the whole time??? Growling and snapping at everyone and everything :mad:

    Unfortunatly it will take alot to change people's opinions of them, and I don't think you ever will. :(
     
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    Did you notice how, in the entire hour long show, no one used their dog as a weapon, or claimed to have done so?
     
  12. Ty-bo

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    I have seen both good and bad staffy owners, the good love their dogs to bits. There was a bloke where we used to live that had a fab staffy and he was impeccibly well behaved :)
    Same town-some wide boy wannabe with 2 little staffs used to think himself hard to be shouting, swearing and threatning his dogs when all they were doing was curiously looking about whilst being dragged round in their silly harnesses :mad:
    When I take Ty out we get evils and some fellow staffy owner thought it funny to say one day shall we bet who would win a fight-silly cow!!!!! We took Lottie to a car boot the other morning and children were being scooped out of the way-for gods sake she is tiny for 6 months and also sports a pink collar!

    We have met a lot of lovely people too though and I think Wood Greens campaign to promote staffs in a more positive light is a fab idea :D
     
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  13. Nonnie

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    In my area, bad SBT owners heavily outweigh the good ones. Ive only seen one or two SBT owners who truly have them as a pet, and not to use for intimidation and/or status symbols.

    I went to the vets with one of mine on saturday, and in there was this beautiful SBT cross (looked very pitbull like), he was very sweet, sniffed noses with mine, and didnt growl or anything, yet he was wearing the biggest, thickest leather harness ive seen, and the woman was hanging on to him , and acting like he was going to attack at any moment
     
  14. Ty-bo

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    Lol Ive seen quite a few staff owners walking round like they are holding on to loaded guns whilst in reality their dogs are happy, waggy babies who could only do damage if they accidentally sat on something!
     
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    It annoys me no end. No wonder people are scared of them, when they are faced on a daily basis, with people who act like they have a ticking timebomb.

    I had a surprised comment from someone on saturday, who couldnt believe Aflie walked nicely on a slack lead (red with bones and pawprints to match his collar, not thick leather, and a huge chain), and would sit and wait when i asked him too. She thought all SBTs strained at the end of their leads, and were untrainable and non-social.

    She got a thorough hand wash from my boy.
     
  16. sallyanne

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    How lovely!
    It annoy's me too,I don't think there's anything worse than a huge leather collar with spikes or a harness with spikes with a dog straining and pulling like mad.
    Tyler has a slip rope lead and also walks with a slack lead,Meg has a nice little red collar with the stafford knot and head with lead to match,again she walks lovely with a slack lead.
     
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