Going on from another thread, I just wondered how many of you knew why the fighting breeds... like staffies are soo loving and people friendly. It is simply because years gone by as these dogs were being bred to fight in the pits, any dog that showed aggression towards people were culled and not bred from. Unfortunatley if it wasn`t for the pits, we wouldn`t have such fantastic family friendly staffies that we have today ... a bitter twist really The owners of the dogs would wash each others dogs before the fight, to ensure the dog wasn`t tampered with in any way to help it win the fight, and to also ensure it was tame and friendly with people. And then during the fight, the owners of both dogs would be in the pit with their dogs, to keep the fight going and to pull the dogs apart when needed. So the dogs had to be friendly with people, any dog that was to turn on the handler would be killed there and then most likely. They were very hard dogs, they were bred to have extremely high gameness (desire to fight regardless of injury on their side, or submissiveness on the other side) and a high pain thresh hold, hence why they are such effective fighting dogs..... ofcourse the power and strength of the dog was also helpful, but overall it was the gameness of the dog that the breeder wanted. I would like to think that with the pits a thing of the past, staffies would keep the people friendly trait and slowly loose the dog aggression trait... but that would take mega donkey years... and also with soo many people breeding from these dogs for money and the underground dog fights that still go on today... I doubt it will ever happen... if anything there will just continue to be badly bred fighting dogs getting loose and causing horrific, or even fatal, injuries on pet dogs and people. It is just a shame, that such an impressive little dog, like the staffy with its striking contrast in characteristics for people and dogs are being abused the way they are today I LOVE MY STAFFY X !!! not because he could cause harm or make me look well `ard... but because he is soo loving, gentle and eager to please his family :001_wub: Rock on Sailor, WE LOVE YOU !!!