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Been offered a dog that needs re-homing....Its a Staff (advice needed)

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6y, 1m agoPosted 6 years, 1 month ago
Been talking to a old friend on FB and they said there neighbour's dog needs re-homing cos they are moving & the new landlord dont allow pets.

He is 10months old, an been told her is great around kids, which is very important as iv got 4 girls (between 2-8 years old) an we have been thinking about getting a dog for a while.

He dose look a little sweety (Link in for pic in next post) Had a couple of dogs we i was a kid but never a staff & an tbh never had mates who had a staff

So looking for some 1st hand experince of any one with one,

Do they make great family pets?
Are staff's very demanding - do they eat more than a average dog?
Yeah il be taking the youngest kids around with me to see the dog before i decided yes or no. The older ones will be fine with him - but is there anything anyone can think of that i should ask about the dog

Was told he is a pedigree but with out papers.....But i wont be paying for the dog they are just offering him to a good caring home that will love him.
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#2
Ive got a mate who has one and shes very excitable and energetic, but then I dont think he walks her enough.

TBH, I personally wouldn't want a dog like this around children
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I had one for a few years, she was lovely and when i had a baby i was monitered her behavior, she turned out to be great, she used to sit under his crib when strangers came round and as he got older she learnt how act around him as she got older, but she needed lots of attention and once children came along i struggled to give her that and she became mischevious, nothing bad but its not a way to keep a dog. I passed her on to an uncle who had lost his staffie when my son was about 2 year old

She was intelligent and loyal, but we had brought her up that way and she knew our rules, i would have no issues in having one in the family if you have the time and energy, but you need to be aware she will cause as much mess, and take up as much time as one of your kids.

I would not describe them as a ideal family dog as i said, its the sort of dog that needs more devoted time due to their demands, They will give you lots in return, but if you dont have time will get bored and look for their own amusment/entertainment thats when problems may arise.
#4
He looks a cutey! :)

I have a female staffy. As one someone has already said they are very energentic and need a lot of exercise. She used to chew everything when left alone, even just for a few minutes so you have to be careful of this. Staffy's do tend to have issues with being left alone, Poppi used to whine the house down when we used to go to work! I luckily got a job working from home 3 yrs ago which helped alot.
As for young children, well she adores them, she even mothers them to a point but is very gentle, even with kids that can be a bit rough with animals.
She does tend to be a bit greedy which you have to watch, just keep up with decent walks and staffy's don't get fat.
I would never leave a dog alone with a young child, no matter what breed, as things do and can happen :(
After saying all this I wouldn't change a thing about her, she was a lot of hassle until she was about 2, but I love her to bits :D
#5
roryk83
Ive got a mate who has one and shes very excitable and energetic, but then I dont think he walks her enough.

TBH, I personally wouldn't want a dog like this around children


Is there any reason why you wouldnt want this type of dog around kids....been reading on line that they are good with kids....but then again anyone good write a article & post it on a web site
1 Like #6
I think they get a bad rep and believe that a lot of it is down to how the owner cares for it and trains a dog properly. I had a Staff cross some years ago and they seem to be pretty intelligent dogs and most of the time have a lot of affection for their owners.

Make sure it's had it's jabs and you've got some kind of vaccination record card, etc. Ask them if you can just 'borrow' the dog for a night or two, to see if you get on with him and to see how he takes to your family. Beware though... you may end up not wanting to give him back... :-)
#7
mrfun1981
roryk83
Ive got a mate who has one and shes very excitable and energetic, but then I dont think he walks her enough.

TBH, I personally wouldn't want a dog like this around children


Is there any reason why you wouldnt want this type of dog around kids....been reading on line that they are good with kids....but then again anyone good write a article & post it on a web site


any dogs are good with kids if trained right, i think what was meant was that staffys are a more aggresive breed that others and are very strong (inb4 someone says otherwise and gets angry cos they know its true)

Personally i wouldnt take any dog and put it around young children unless it was a puppy coming straight from the litter
1 Like #8
Ive had staffs for nearly 20 years, they are fantastic with around people and make great pets, they do need walking pretty often and can get very excitable!! i have 1 male at the moment and we have 4 kids and he is very protective around them, they dont eat any more than any other dog!!
1 Like #9
we briefly had a staffie pup that someone was trying to find a home for but had to rehome her as she was very over zealous and i didnt trust her round the children when i saw her rip the throat and face off one of my daughters teddy bears so what i am saying is be careful the reason for giving the dog a new home is truthful as the reason i was given wasnt i went to see them once i had rehomed her where there were no children and she admitted the dog frightened her as it snapped at her children
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I wouldn't risk any dog like that with my kids I have to be honest....U don't know that dog and don't know it's temperment. U don't know the owners or how they have raised it so far. Is it worth the risk? I know I'll probably be attacked for this comment but it is just my opinion.
#11
micoo
mrfun1981
roryk83
Ive got a mate who has one and shes very excitable and energetic, but then I dont think he walks her enough.

TBH, I personally wouldn't want a dog like this around children


Is there any reason why you wouldnt want this type of dog around kids....been reading on line that they are good with kids....but then again anyone good write a article & post it on a web site


any dogs are good with kids if trained right, i think what was meant was that staffys are a more aggresive breed that others and are very strong (inb4 someone says otherwise and gets angry cos they know its true)

Personally i wouldnt take any dog and put it around young children unless it was a puppy coming straight from the litter


Yeah Micoo, thats what I meant. They are very strong and if the dog was to turn on a child (which could happen whatever the breed I admit) the results could be terrible.
#12
hannah19790
I wouldn't risk any dog like that with my kids I have to be honest....U don't know that dog and don't know it's temperment. U don't know the owners or how they have raised it so far. Is it worth the risk? I know I'll probably be attacked for this comment but it is just my opinion.


+1
#13
meandog101
I think they get a bad rep and believe that a lot of it is down to how the owner cares for it and trains a dog properly. I had a Staff cross some years ago and they seem to be pretty intelligent dogs and most of the time have a lot of affection for their owners.

Make sure it's had it's jabs and you've got some kind of vaccination record card, etc. Ask them if you can just 'borrow' the dog for a night or two, to see if you get on with him and to see how he takes to your family. Beware though... you may end up not wanting to give him back... :-)


A trial is a great idea

I also agree with the fact they are sociable and do not like being left alone, she used to miss us when we were out and would get bored and did chew a lot, she once ate one of my handba and everything inside, she ate the contents of the washing machine one too, she used to steal the clothes and take them to her cupboard and chew them, she chewed a door bottom half to bits, toys, shoes.
In our first house she used to have a big gas cupboard to herself we put a flap in and it was her space where she could go chill when the house was busy and shed go there when the baby was noisy, when we moved, she didnt settle in a new place as it was a whole room and used to cry all night and started too wee/poo everywhere.

You need to expect things like this
#14
Thanks to all the replies so far, so very mixed views on this.

hannah19790
I wouldn't risk any dog like that with my kids I have to be honest....U don't know that dog and don't know it's temperment. U don't know the owners or how they have raised it so far. Is it worth the risk? I know I'll probably be attacked for this comment but it is just my opinion.


But it is no different if i go to a rescue centre to get a dog from there. They might not have all the information about the dog. An the dog may act completely different in the kennels to what it will be like in a family environment
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i wouldnt take the risk, your children are more important at the end of the day, it might be better to get a dog when there all older, we had a jack russell years ago and he use to growl when my nephew was crying, if we were playing on the floor he would come over and be jumping up etc it only takes a child to scream or somrthing like that when there playing and the dog wont like it and it could easily snap.
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mrfun1981
Thanks to all the replies so far, so very mixed views on this.
hannah19790
I wouldn't risk any dog like that with my kids I have to be honest....U don't know that dog and don't know it's temperment. U don't know the owners or how they have raised it so far. Is it worth the risk? I know I'll probably be attacked for this comment but it is just my opinion.
But it is no different if i go to a rescue centre to get a dog from there. They might not have all the information about the dog. An the dog may act completely different in the kennels to what it will be like in a family environment

I wouldn't risk getting one there either. Not for the sake of my kids. Sorry
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#18
rorky83 and hannah19790, do have some very good points, a puppy is usually easier to train and tailor to your family habits/rules

And whilst any dog can turn staffies are strong and are capable of causing serious damage, but any dog attack will be bad, .
I think that its all about how you as an owner control the dog and also the dogs nature, but even the most well looked after and nice natured dog can snap, the only way is to never leave your children in your dogs path, and to be truthfull thats pretty immpossible with children in the house. So its then a matter of questioning getting a dog at all weather a staffie or another breed
#19
I wouldnt risk it with a 2 year old child, A dog that has been brought up with that child is a diferent matteras it already knows its place in the pack Hierarchy but introducing it to a new family can be a problem ,Dogs introduced to new packs often fight for leadership in the pack and this is no different,
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One thing that does surprise me is the fact of how many people just take in almost any dog without thinking of the actual aspect of weather the dog will fit in, ie because its there rather than looking at the charcteristics of the breed

If i were to get another dog i would look for something that fits around us and has the qualities we require, it would make having a dog easier

To me its akin to adding another member to the family, you wouldnt have just anything off the street would you, you would go through a proccess of working out suitablity and finding gets along and has the same values/nature so that there is more chance off success
#21


That is what iv been told, an i have no reason not to believe them at this stage but will ask again when i view the dog.

hannah197901 person likes this
mrfun1981
Thanks to all the replies so far, so very mixed views on this.
hannah19790
I wouldn't risk any dog like that with my kids I have to be honest....U don't know that dog and don't know it's temperment. U don't know the owners or how they have raised it so far. Is it worth the risk? I know I'll probably be attacked for this comment but it is just my opinion.
But it is no different if i go to a rescue centre to get a dog from there. They might not have all the information about the dog. An the dog may act completely different in the kennels to what it will be like in a family environment


I wouldn't risk getting one there either. Not for the sake of my kids. Sorry


Dont be sorry, i posted on here to get peoples views & everyones is different.

skellysgirl1 person likes this
One thing that does surprise me is the fact of how many people just take in almost any dog without thinking of the actual aspect of weather the dog will fit in, ie because its there rather than looking at the charcteristics of the breed

If i were to get another dog i would look for something that fits around us and has the qualities we require, it would make having a dog easier

To me its akin to adding another member to the family, you wouldnt have just anything off the street would you, you would go through a proccess of working out suitablity and finding gets along and has the same values/nature so that there is more chance off success


I totally agree with you!!

That's why im asking about that breed of dog & will see the dog 1st. An i do really like the idea of having a test run for a couple of days with the dog so i will be asking them about that when i go to see the dog. An if they say no i doubt i will take the dog just to be on the save side.
banned 2 Likes #22
what you going to do if they say yes you can have the dog on a trial run then they refuse to take it back?

i personally wouldnt have a staffie with young children, yes any dog can turn, through illness, being hurt or whatever, its the damage a dog like this could do if it turned
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mrfun1981

But it is no different if i go to a rescue centre to get a dog from there. They might not have all the information about the dog. An the dog may act completely different in the kennels to what it will be like in a family environment


having spent the last 2 weeks trawling rescue sites looking for a suitable dog, most reputable rescue centres would not rehome a dog with children as young as yours.
3 Likes #24
this dog will eat your kids and get you on the front cover of the sun
#25
bitseylango
mrfun1981

But it is no different if i go to a rescue centre to get a dog from there. They might not have all the information about the dog. An the dog may act completely different in the kennels to what it will be like in a family environment


having spent the last 2 weeks trawling rescue sites looking for a suitable dog, most reputable rescue centres would not rehome a dog with children as young as yours.


exactly what I was about to say. Hardly any rescue will let you rehome a dog with children that young around....which should probably tell you something.
Are you confident that it will never ever be left alone with one of your children? Not even when you pop to the toilet or the kitchen etc...?
2 Likes #26
Google 'child mauled by dog' - find the common breed that's involved, then make your mind up.
1 Like #27
simple really why on earth would you take the risk even if its very slight?
#28
The trouble with these is you never know whether it will bite a babys face off.
#29
Whatever you do its your decision and one you will have to live with but bear in mind headlines like this. Also comments section is interesting
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WoolyM
Whatever you do its your decision and one you will have to live with but bear in mind headlines like this. Also comments section is interesting
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Oh my, that was like reading a thread from HUKD with all the insults, insinuations and narrow-mindedness!
#31
JamesSmith
The trouble with these is you never know whether it will bite a babys face off.


Correction : The trouble with these is you never know when it will bite a babys face off.
banned 1 Like #32
I wouldn't risk 'any' dog around a baby/toddler. They are pack animals and will put a child in their place if they feel their position in the pack is threatened by the child's behaviour towards them.
#33
Even a cat will sit on a babys face until it cannot breathe.
1 Like #34
JamesSmith
Even a cat will sit on a babys face until it cannot breathe.


I can think of a 'much worse' thing than a 'pussy' sitting on my face !!!
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meandog1011 person likes this
I think they get a bad rep and believe that a lot of it is down to how the owner cares for it and trains a dog properly. I had a Staff cross some years ago and they seem to be pretty intelligent dogs and most of the time have a lot of affection for their owners.

Make sure it's had it's jabs and you've got some kind of vaccination record card, etc. Ask them if you can just 'borrow' the dog for a night or two, to see if you get on with him and to see how he takes to your family. Beware though... you may end up not wanting to give him back... :-)

also beware it might end up killing your children at some point during those two nights
#36
With this breed I'd be very careful, they can get very aggressive even when playing. Plus I'd only have one if it was a puppy. You don't know how it was bought up and how the owners treated it. You'd only have to let your guard down for a min before something bad happends. Are you not interested in any other breeds?
#37
My cousin is a staffy KC registered breeder and she has 2 beautiful Staffs, but even she locks them in thier cages when her 18 month old grandaughter is there. We had a 4 year old staff when we had our son, she'd always been around kids but the minute my son started walking she changed, we were in the kitchen and she was out the back , my son stood by the double glazed back door and she dive straight for him, thankfully the glass was toughened or she'd have had him, she did this twice in and hour, she was then given to a local farmer without kids and she worked the farm. i would never in a million years have one of these around small kids, yes any breed dog can turn but you stand more of a chance getting a lab or retriever off a child then you do with a staff ( their jaws lock) ive seen it when one of my cousins dogs went for her years ago when she first started breeding them, it took her husband and 2 big workmen to get it off her arm, 275 stitches and scared for life. no thanks. the dog was put down
[helper]#38
Oh my, that was like reading a thread from HUKD with all the insults, insinuations and narrow-mindedness!
Shame we can't send them an invite.......they'd love HDUK :D

Edited By: gari189 on Oct 18, 2010 20:40: ?

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