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What should I know about owning a Staffy?

What should I know about owning a Staffy?

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Gaz.

51,313 posts

148 months

Tuesday 9th October 2012
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Don't give a staffy (cooked) chicken bones, they shatter and splinter and get stuck in their (small for the size of the dog) gullet.

Wonderful dogs, a bit dim as the other chap said, highly social and generally love life. Shame about the stereotypes and that they get nicked a lot.

Piglet

6,250 posts

152 months

Tuesday 9th October 2012
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Gaz. said:
Don't give a staffy (cooked) chicken bones, they shatter and splinter and get stuck in their (small for the size of the dog) gullet.
Don't give ANY dog a cooked chicken bone. The clue to a RAW diet is in the name!

Good luck OP, a friend off mine had two Staffy's and they were wonderful dogs who were great with her small child and the dogs her parents had on their farm.

Jasandjules

55,300 posts

126 months

Tuesday 9th October 2012
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Piglet said:
Don't give ANY dog a cooked chicken bone. The clue to a RAW diet is in the name!

Good luck OP, a friend off mine had two Staffy's and they were wonderful dogs who were great with her small child and the dogs her parents had on their farm.
Yes, as above, raw chicken wings/legs/carcasses are fine. But never give dogs cooked bones. Raw beef, raw liver, raw lungs (ask your butcher if they have any "lights"), raw kidneys, raw tripe.. In fact, nowadays many Pets at Home shops have frozen raw minced food in little packets too.

TwigtheWonderkid

15,198 posts

47 months

Tuesday 9th October 2012
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MotorsportTom said:
Honestly rescue a Staffordshire and I guarantee you will have a wonderful pet for many years!
How can you guarantee that! You know nothing about the dog in question, or its previous history or what damage may have already been done to it. Just because you had a good experience, you can't guarantee anything of the sort.

driverrob

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3,836 posts

100 months

Tuesday 9th October 2012
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We've just had our home visit. Then we shot back up to Chobham to take her for another walk. This time she did bark, once, at another large dog, and a pretty scary bark it was. On the other hand, she seems to be learning the 'sit' command from us (with a treat) so we're hoping some intensive training and socialising with other dogs should cure her of any aggression towards other dogs - unless threatened, of course.

The RSPCA are giving us a free starter training session later this week. Then we bring her home.
We've spent loads on her already: stair gate, bed, bowls, toys, with food, collar, lead etc still to come. It's almost as exciting as expecting your first child!

driverrob

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3,836 posts

100 months

Wednesday 10th October 2012
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Here she is just before we brought her home from the RSPCA.

Kerry at RSPCA by driverrob, on Flickr
I'll put some more photos on the appropriate thread - when I get chance. We are both knackered from trying to tire her out today, in the hope of a peaceful first night with her staying in her bed in a cage (for the moment).

Jasandjules

55,300 posts

126 months

Wednesday 10th October 2012
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Aw she looks sweet.

Karyn

6,048 posts

65 months

Wednesday 10th October 2012
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She looks like a lovely soft character! So unsure! Bless cloud9

Hopefully you can give her the loving home she craves OP smile





Edit, I can't remember whether you know her history or not? Looks like she's just had a litter, doesn't it? I'd have one of her pups! cloud9

Hooli

30,936 posts

97 months

Wednesday 10th October 2012
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driverrob said:
NoVetec said:
I was lazy with mine, got him a harness and he stopped pulling.

Unless he sees a cat.
Yep. She has a harness at the centre, so we'll be getting her one. Haven't seen how she reacts to cats yet.
Ours has a harness too. She's damn useless when walked on just a collar, she pulls till she chokes, but put a harness on her & she behaves fine. Mrs Hooli has had her since a pup & found as a pup she responded better to training with a harness.

As it's turned to a piccy thread, heres Lucky 'helping' me fix a bike


driverrob

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3,836 posts

100 months

Wednesday 10th October 2012
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Karyn said:
She looks like a lovely soft character! So unsure! Bless cloud9

Hopefully you can give her the loving home she craves OP smile





Edit, I can't remember whether you know her history or not? Looks like she's just had a litter, doesn't it? I'd have one of her pups! cloud9
Believe me, she's loved cloud9

Yes, she was found abandoned but not, apparently, ill-treated, with three puppies (probably not her first litter) back in June or July. The puppies all sold quickly but no-one wanted Kerry.

She's desperately trying to stay awake while there's still any movement in the house.

Mobile Chicane

18,403 posts

109 months

Wednesday 10th October 2012
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She looks great. More pics please as she settles in!

LiamB

6,891 posts

40 months

Wednesday 10th October 2012
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She looks lovely!

On the subject of pics here's mine (took this just now)


ChunkyloverSV

1,011 posts

89 months

Thursday 11th October 2012
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We have a Staffie called Chubbs that I bought from a drug dealer no less about 4 years ago. He made me promise I would take good care of her.

I had always wanted a Staffie since I worked at a Kennels when I were younger. They are such a soft happy breed. And they have real personalities.

My mother loves going up to the Staffies owned by chavs and making a fuss of them. My mum hated having a chav dog at the start however now she feels like she has to show people that they are a misunderstood breed.

durbster

4,233 posts

119 months

Thursday 11th October 2012
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driverrob said:
She's desperately trying to stay awake while there's still any movement in the house.
biggrin

She looks lovely.

Our Staffy's the same. She can't bear to miss out on anything so even if she's in a deep sleep, if somebody leaves the room she'll be right by their side. She always makes me chuckle if one of us is upstairs and one down because she'll sit halway up the stairs hehe

I've got her in the office with me at the moment and after having her weekly beating at the hands of a black lab - in which she always ends up with a cut of some sort (but doesn't notice) - she's finally gone to sleep. Just before it's home time.

TwigtheWonderkid

15,198 posts

47 months

Thursday 11th October 2012
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Jasandjules said:
Aw she looks sweet.
No she doesn't, she looks like she'd go for my throat as if top breeders recommended it.

However, I hope it all works out.

The Highway Man

2,521 posts

75 months

Thursday 11th October 2012
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I love staffies, they so friendly. Nasty killer dogs? I dont think so. biggrin


Dylan


Alfie


Ruby

Not a vicious bone in their bodies. biggrin

TwigtheWonderkid

15,198 posts

47 months

Thursday 11th October 2012
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The Highway Man said:
Not a vicious bone in their bodies. biggrin
It's not their bones that scare me...it's their teeth! hehe

driverrob

Original Poster:

3,836 posts

100 months

Thursday 11th October 2012
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The Highway Man said:
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Not a vicious bone in their bodies. biggrin
I'd have to admit that idea probably wasn't going through the mind of the hedgehog she found in the garden just now or the cat that decided to wander along the top of our fence earlier today!

The Highway Man

2,521 posts

75 months

Thursday 11th October 2012
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TwigtheWonderkid said:
It's not their bones that scare me...it's their teeth! hehe
Not with these 3, they're more likely to lick you to death or gas you with their deadly silent farts! biggrin