Love-a-bull Staffies: The 'misunderstood' breed
Are people finally looking more favourably upon the UK's most 'misunderstood' breed of dog?
As Crufts shines a light on the wonderful Staffordshire bull terrier at this year's event, we're revealing that the number of Staffies arriving at our centres has fallen by 34 percent over five years (2014-2018).
Staffies are still the breed most likely to end up in rescue
While Staffies and Staffie crosses remain the most common breed of dog coming into our care (277 and 170, respectively, in 2018), the overall figure is falling year on year. While other fashionable breeds of dog are appearing more regularly in our kennels across England & Wales.
As well as being the breed most likely to end up in rescue, they're also less desirable than other breeds - taking longer than the average 38 days in kennels to find homes. On average, Staffies spend at least 47 days waiting for adoption.
The nation's perception of staffies may finally be changing
However, the tide may be turning for Staffies. The beloved breed was named the country's favourite dog as the British public cast their votes for ITV's 'Britain's Top 100 Dogs Live', hosted by Ben Fogle and Sara Cox, in January.
And now, Crufts - run by The Kennel Club - is also doing its bit to dispel misconceptions and rumours surrounding the breed.
Our dog welfare expert, Lisa Hens, said:
Unfortunately, Staffies have suffered a great deal from overbreeding and bad press. They're definitely Britain's most misunderstood breed.
It's heartbreaking to see so many ending up in our care due to cruelty and irresponsible ownership. Sadly, as Crufts highlighted, they're often taken on as 'status dogs' and can be found at the centre of anti-social dog behaviour due to the way in which they've been reared and trained, and the behaviour and attitude of their owners.
However, given the right home and care, Staffies can make absolutely wonderful family pets. And many of the Staffies in our care are affectionate, playful, fun-loving dogs who would thrive in family homes.
Lovely Lola is a two-year-old Staffie who is full of beans. She's a friendly pooch who loves spending time with people but is sadly being overlooked by potential adopters. She's looking for an adult-only home with an owner who will take her for lots of long walks and keep her physically and mentally stimulated. She's at Chesterfield Animal Centre, in Derbyshire, and you can find out more by calling 01246 273358.
Nine-year-old Staffie cross, Link is an intelligent and active boy who is also a little sensitive. He's very frightened of loud noises and is looking for new owners who can continue his training to build his confidence. He's currently at our Woodchurch Animal Centre in Kent. He loves fuss and attention, and could live with children but would be best as the only pet.
Rocky & Ruby
These golden oldies are hoping to find a loving new home together. Rocky, 14, and Ruby, 11, are being looked after by staff at Bath Cats & Dogs Home. They love people and are extremely affectionate but struggle around other dogs. They love fuss and attention, live their days snoozing on the sofa, and can be left alone for short periods.
We would urge anyone looking for a dog to do their research first - especially as the reputation of a particular breed or type is often undeserved. Just like people, all dogs are individuals, and any prospective owner should find out if they're a good match for that particular animal to see if they can offer them a loving home.
To find out more about the Staffies in our care looking for homes, visit Find a Pet today.