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So you want to know the true colours of a Staffie?

Below are testimonials from real people that have shared their life with the breed.

Our thanks goes to all the people below for taking the time to support the breed.
 
 

 

Name: Liane Hughes
Location: Peyia, Cyprus
My boy was gorgeous, red & white, so loving, so obedient, hated other dogs except my sausage dog Denzel but he loved us so much, we bought him to Cyprus with us aged 9 and he lived happily in the sun with Debzel until he was 13 and we lost him to a brain tumour. Staffies get bad press for the wrong reasons - they are brilliant family dogs.


Name: Lisa Sutton
Location: Pevensey east Sussex
I rescued Ellie 3 years ago she was 6 years old Brindle with the prettiest face and loving loyal eyes. My boys aged 4 and 10 at the time loved her instantly. Poor Ellie had been used for breeding in the back of a van she was very skinny and her teeth worn down chewing a cage. She now is very much loved and adored she is a big part of our family and gives us all lots of love, fun and support back to us in good times and sad times she is always there. I didn't realise the stigma attached to my beautiful girl as people cross the road from us but now we don't care we smile at each other and think their loss as they obviously have no idea what an amazing dog she really is. She is happiest snuggling up on the sofa with us all around her and amongst the Children who she is so very gentle and caring towards. She has never touched their toys and always checks on them at night time before she goes to sleep herself. A real NANNY Dog. If I could I would rescue more x x.


Name: Libby Edge
Location: Birmingham
Our staffie / EBT cross rescue dog Bobby is our truest friend.  He is loving, gentle, kind and nuttier than a bag of peanut brittle but when we had him he'd been taken from a home where he and the dog he was with had been used as a status symbols so they warned us (a different rescue centre not HSR) he was aggressive to other dogs and untested with children. Well it's true what they say, blame the owner not the dog. From day one we were loving to Bob and he returned that love in spades. He has never shown aggression in the 5 years we have had him and he loves to play with our 2 year old son and lets him climb all over him!  He is watchful of Max, barking to get our attention if Max falls over (even when we're right there!) and standing between Max and the road when we walk to the park. Please don't believe the scaremongering in the press.  Staffies are fun loving and loyal and if you welcome them in to your home you are welcoming in a whole lot of love. Hope you find your 4 legged bundle of Staffie love soon x Libby x.


Name: Chloe Penn
Location: Bridgnorth
I've had many breeds of dog in my life from a very young age & none have compared to the love of the Staffordshire bull terrier. Now at 25, I have 2 of the most caring, funny and special breed in my life. They are my life.  My Staffies (Dot & Ted) are everything, they have the ability to know my emotions. If I'm sad, there will be no hesitation in a big Staffie cuddle. If I'm happy, I will see that huge Staffie smile & they just want to play. There should be a hug a Staffie day, where people get to know the breed. Everyone needs a Staffie hug in their lifetime.


Name: Lea Ferris
Location: Stourbridge
My rescue Staff, Ruby, quite literally saved my life. Having gone through the death of my oldest brother, the death then of my youngest brother was almost too much to handle. Choosing to adopt Ruby (well actually I think she chose me!) gave me a reason to get up every day, to go out, to play and have fun. She has given me unconditional love every day of the 7 years I have been lucky enough to share with her. No one can fail to smile and feel adored when greeted with a Staffie smile. My family adore her and she always has enough cuddles, licks and kisses for everyone! She, like all Staffs, is loyal, dependable, fun, loving, gentle, patient and irreplaceable. If you've never yet had the joy of a Staffie in your then you are truly missing out. Think seriously about adopting one - you will never regret it :-)


Name: Val Ralph
Location: Cannock
Jake is a staffie cross still quite nervous as he didn't have a good start in life. He was frightened of men, of the lead, of the car and much more with the help of our older staffie, he has turned into the most gentle and loving dog.
all he asks for is a warm bed and a bowl of food and water.


Name: Sharon such
Location: Kidderminster
I had my staffy rocky 41/2 years ago I gotta admit I was a little scared cos of the bad press they have but I didn’t need to worry he was the most loving dog I’ve had he loved his cuddles loved attention after the initial puppy thing (chewing etc) he was well behaved a little mischievous sometimes lol I loved him to bits unfortunately he was cut off in his prime by a very sick person with antifreeze !! On Sunday we miss him so much , the house is too quiet now , but when we are ready I would like another staffy , they are loyal beautiful dogs I would recommend anyone to have one :) rip rocky u were our bestest friend xxxx


Name: Eve Parkes
Location: West Midlands
I had my first Staffie, Ruby, 12 years ago. She broke our hearts when we had to have her put to sleep last Christmas. I still miss her every day, because she was my baby. Me & my hubby adopted a little staffie girl in February from Birmingham Dogs Home. We called her Pixie. She's a little angel & although totally different in looks & personality to Ruby, she's just as loving, same as all Staffies:) I will never understand why people continue to blame Staffies for their owner’s stupidity. For me, they're the best breed ever :)


Name: The Fear Family
Location: Worcestershire
We picked up our boy at seven months old who was due to be put down if his family didn’t rehome him.  An untrained pup with a lot to learn was what we brought home.  Through every difficultly we had, (and some invaluable behaviour and training advice) we have the most loving and affectionate family member, holiday companion, comedian and entertainer.  A dog that will go out of his way to calm upset children, to sit with you all day if you are not well and without fail give you that "Staffie" smile when you need it most. These dogs are healthy, fit loving and given a chance (or ten) will be you family.  We love you Bruce. x x


Name: Wendy Roberts
Location: Bromsgrove
We have had a rescue staffie called Sandy for just over two years.  We already had an Alsatian cross which was also a rescue dog.  I'd never before thought of having a Staffie - I didn't really like short haired dogs.  However, we fell in love with her at the rescue centre as she had such a wonderful BIG personality.  She is now a big part of our family.  She's so clever, I swear she knows what we're saying.  When she wags her tail - her whole rear end really goes for it - it's so funny.  And lick, well she'd lick your face off with such gusto too!  And those eyes, you can see into the depth of her soul - just like in the colourful Staffy picture!  I have to say that she thinks she’s human and has to cuddle up to us on the settee, which is all well and good but at 26kg (yes she's a fatty) she's well heavy!  Our grandchildren come round and Sandy will let them crawl all over her and doesn't even open her eyes!  I would fill my house with Staffies if I could.  I would recommend them to everyone!


Name: Sam Mcclean
Location: Wigan
My two staffies are wonderful dogs, very energetic and brilliant around kids


Name: Penni Lawton
Location: Falmouthn
I have grown up with staffies and would recommend them to anyone who want a character within their family - A  breed that show deep love and loyalty, who bring a huge smile with them and whom will love you unconditionally - my latest Staffie is a rescue dog and he is an angel sent from heaven and is the most amazing perfect dog anyone could have -If you believe all the bad press about these dogs, then you have been greatly misinformed, as the dog is born innocent, it’s the OWNER that makes the dog -give it love and it will return it 10 fold -give it hate and aggression it will return this 10 fold as well!!!


Name: Kellie Gilbey
Location: Hertfordshire
Love Staffies have had 3 in my lifetime so far I find them to be the most loveable, loyal and friendly breed anyone could wish for. My Minx is 2yrs old and she is deaf there isn't a bad bone in her body she loves people and other dogs and thinks every other dog wants to play which sometimes is a bit hard because if they aren't friendly I don’t think she understands and unfortunately this had led to her being duffed up a few times and not once has she ever retaliated ever when another dog has been aggressive with her. When we are out I make a point of talking to the other dog owners who pull their dogs away and put them on the lead when they see she is a Staffie and the parents who pulled their children away scared because of all the bad press they receive because of the few idiots who think it's cool to use them as a status dog and make them into something that is totally the opposite to what their true nature is. They are lovely and do not deserve the bad press they get I will defend the breed forever because I truly believe it is how you treat and bring your Staffie up to be social and well behaved it is the humans responsibility to be a responsible dog owner whatever the breed.


Name: Kelly Gee
Location: East Sussex
Having been lucky enough to have had the pleasure of knowing and loving 6 amazing staffies I get very frustrated at the bad name this beautiful breed get lumbered with! I can't imagine a better breed for love, loyalty, affection, enthusiasm and let's be honest, laughter. After all they can all be a bit potty at times, all of mine at some time or other have tripped themselves up, walked into doors/walls, fallen off beds and in my Tysies case, carried road cones home! I have lost two of my girls in the past 18 months which has left me broken hearted but worse still has left an emptiness in the house, Jewel would follow me everywhere including into the toilet, how I miss my companion and Lita, who was quite literally as blonde as she looked, who even at 12 years old thought she was a puppy filled our life and home with joy and warmth. I am left with Keisha, who unfortunately has not had the best of luck with illness but has overcome everything that has been thrown at her and carries on living life to the full. True determination has seen her through! My parents dogs Zena and Demon are true characters of the breed, Zena was a rescue dog who had been fed drugs by some low life, she came to my parents not knowing how to give or receive affection, 9 years on you wouldn't know she had been through any trauma at all, she is also the most intelligent dog I have ever known, she almost speaks (genuinely) and Demon, well... I don't think I have ever seen his tail stop wagging! They literally are family. Knowing/owning a Staffie is an honour that more people should be lucky enough to experience. I truly believe there is no better smile then a happy Staffie smile!


Name: Junayd Phillips-Khan
Location: Rotherham
My 2yr old lil girl Angel is the most loving caring staffy you will ever meet,, she can have her moments been giddy but she understands her name gives both paws for a treat love's snuggles in bed, she good round baby and children and can even be left alone with them. When left alone she's no bother, she's well pleased to your arrival home. It’s all on the owner and how u treat the dog.


Name: Nikki Faulkner
Location: Unknown
 

I've owned different dogs, all wonderful in their own way. But I've never regretted the day I took on my rescue staffie Polly aka Piglet!! She came from a horrendous background, the RSPCA actually removed her from the owners. Polly is the most loyal, funny, loving and intelligent dog I've owned. Other staffies I've met, also a couple I rescued and re-homed, are fantastic! Their reputation is completely unjustified. They are a breed that love people and enjoy nothing more than constantly being by your side! I will always have a rescue staffie from now on, no other breed quite does it for me!! I'm a supporter of your charity, keep up the amazing work you do!!

Piglet

Image sent in by Nicola Faulkner

 

Name: Liane Hughes
Location: Peyia, Cyprus
My boy was gorgeous, red & white, so loving, so obedient, hated other dogs except my sausage dog Denzel but he loved us so much, we bought him to Cyprus with us aged 9 and he lived happily in the sun with Debzel until he was 13 and we lost him to a brain tumour. Staffies get bad press for the wrong reasons - they are brilliant family dogs.


Name: Lisa Sutton
Location: Pevensey east Sussex
I rescued Ellie 3 years ago she was 6 years old Brindle with the prettiest face and loving loyal eyes. My boys aged 4 and 10 at the time loved her instantly. Poor Ellie had been used for breeding in the back of a van she was very skinny and her teeth worn down chewing a cage. She now is very much loved and adored she is a big part of our family and gives us all lots of love, fun and support back to us in good times and sad times she is always there. I didn't realise the stigma attached to my beautiful girl as people cross the road from us but now we don't care we smile at each other and think their loss as they obviously have no idea what an amazing dog she really is. She is happiest snuggling up on the sofa with us all around her and amongst the Children who she is so very gentle and caring towards. She has never touched their toys and always checks on them at night time before she goes to sleep herself. A real NANNY Dog. If I could I would rescue more x x.


Name: Libby Edge
Location: Birmingham
Our staffie / EBT cross rescue dog Bobby is our truest friend.  He is loving, gentle, kind and nuttier than a bag of peanut brittle but when we had him he'd been taken from a home where he and the dog he was with had been used as a status symbols so they warned us (a different rescue centre not HSR) he was aggressive to other dogs and untested with children. Well it's true what they say, blame the owner not the dog. From day one we were loving to Bob and he returned that love in spades. He has never shown aggression in the 5 years we have had him and he loves to play with our 2 year old son and lets him climb all over him!  He is watchful of Max, barking to get our attention if Max falls over (even when we're right there!) and standing between Max and the road when we walk to the park. Please don't believe the scaremongering in the press.  Staffies are fun loving and loyal and if you welcome them in to your home you are welcoming in a whole lot of love. Hope you find your 4 legged bundle of Staffie love soon x Libby x.


Name: Chloe Penn
Location: Bridgnorth
I've had many breeds of dog in my life from a very young age & none have compared to the love of the Staffordshire bull terrier. Now at 25, I have 2 of the most caring, funny and special breed in my life. They are my life.  My Staffies (Dot & Ted) are everything, they have the ability to know my emotions. If I'm sad, there will be no hesitation in a big Staffie cuddle. If I'm happy, I will see that huge Staffie smile & they just want to play. There should be a hug a Staffie day, where people get to know the breed. Everyone needs a Staffie hug in their lifetime.


Name: Lea Ferris
Location: Stourbridge
My rescue Staff, Ruby, quite literally saved my life. Having gone through the death of my oldest brother, the death then of my youngest brother was almost too much to handle. Choosing to adopt Ruby (well actually I think she chose me!) gave me a reason to get up every day, to go out, to play and have fun. She has given me unconditional love every day of the 7 years I have been lucky enough to share with her. No one can fail to smile and feel adored when greeted with a Staffie smile. My family adore her and she always has enough cuddles, licks and kisses for everyone! She, like all Staffs, is loyal, dependable, fun, loving, gentle, patient and irreplaceable. If you've never yet had the joy of a Staffie in your then you are truly missing out. Think seriously about adopting one - you will never regret it :-)


Name: Val Ralph
Location: Cannock
Jake is a staffie cross still quite nervous as he didn't have a good start in life. He was frightened of men, of the lead, of the car and much more with the help of our older staffie, he has turned into the most gentle and loving dog.
all he asks for is a warm bed and a bowl of food and water.


Name: Sharon such
Location: Kidderminster
I had my staffy rocky 41/2 years ago I gotta admit I was a little scared cos of the bad press they have but I didn’t need to worry he was the most loving dog I’ve had he loved his cuddles loved attention after the initial puppy thing (chewing etc) he was well behaved a little mischievous sometimes lol I loved him to bits unfortunately he was cut off in his prime by a very sick person with antifreeze !! On Sunday we miss him so much , the house is too quiet now , but when we are ready I would like another staffy , they are loyal beautiful dogs I would recommend anyone to have one :) rip rocky u were our bestest friend xxxx


Name: Eve Parkes
Location: West Midlands
I had my first Staffie, Ruby, 12 years ago. She broke our hearts when we had to have her put to sleep last Christmas. I still miss her every day, because she was my baby. Me & my hubby adopted a little staffie girl in February from Birmingham Dogs Home. We called her Pixie. She's a little angel & although totally different in looks & personality to Ruby, she's just as loving, same as all Staffies:) I will never understand why people continue to blame Staffies for their owner’s stupidity. For me, they're the best breed ever :)


Name: The Fear Family
Location: Worcestershire
We picked up our boy at seven months old who was due to be put down if his family didn’t rehome him.  An untrained pup with a lot to learn was what we brought home.  Through every difficultly we had, (and some invaluable behaviour and training advice) we have the most loving and affectionate family member, holiday companion, comedian and entertainer.  A dog that will go out of his way to calm upset children, to sit with you all day if you are not well and without fail give you that "Staffie" smile when you need it most. These dogs are healthy, fit loving and given a chance (or ten) will be you family.  We love you Bruce. x x


Name: Wendy Roberts
Location: Bromsgrove
We have had a rescue staffie called Sandy for just over two years.  We already had an Alsatian cross which was also a rescue dog.  I'd never before thought of having a Staffie - I didn't really like short haired dogs.  However, we fell in love with her at the rescue centre as she had such a wonderful BIG personality.  She is now a big part of our family.  She's so clever, I swear she knows what we're saying.  When she wags her tail - her whole rear end really goes for it - it's so funny.  And lick, well she'd lick your face off with such gusto too!  And those eyes, you can see into the depth of her soul - just like in the colourful Staffy picture!  I have to say that she thinks she’s human and has to cuddle up to us on the settee, which is all well and good but at 26kg (yes she's a fatty) she's well heavy!  Our grandchildren come round and Sandy will let them crawl all over her and doesn't even open her eyes!  I would fill my house with Staffies if I could.  I would recommend them to everyone!


Name: Sam Mcclean
Location: Wigan
My two staffies are wonderful dogs, very energetic and brilliant around kids


Name: Penni Lawton
Location: Falmouthn
I have grown up with staffies and would recommend them to anyone who want a character within their family - A  breed that show deep love and loyalty, who bring a huge smile with them and whom will love you unconditionally - my latest Staffie is a rescue dog and he is an angel sent from heaven and is the most amazing perfect dog anyone could have -If you believe all the bad press about these dogs, then you have been greatly misinformed, as the dog is born innocent, it’s the OWNER that makes the dog -give it love and it will return it 10 fold -give it hate and aggression it will return this 10 fold as well!!!


Name: Kellie Gilbey
Location: Hertfordshire
Love Staffies have had 3 in my lifetime so far I find them to be the most loveable, loyal and friendly breed anyone could wish for. My Minx is 2yrs old and she is deaf there isn't a bad bone in her body she loves people and other dogs and thinks every other dog wants to play which sometimes is a bit hard because if they aren't friendly I don’t think she understands and unfortunately this had led to her being duffed up a few times and not once has she ever retaliated ever when another dog has been aggressive with her. When we are out I make a point of talking to the other dog owners who pull their dogs away and put them on the lead when they see she is a Staffie and the parents who pulled their children away scared because of all the bad press they receive because of the few idiots who think it's cool to use them as a status dog and make them into something that is totally the opposite to what their true nature is. They are lovely and do not deserve the bad press they get I will defend the breed forever because I truly believe it is how you treat and bring your Staffie up to be social and well behaved it is the humans responsibility to be a responsible dog owner whatever the breed.


Name: Kelly Gee
Location: East Sussex
Having been lucky enough to have had the pleasure of knowing and loving 6 amazing staffies I get very frustrated at the bad name this beautiful breed get lumbered with! I can't imagine a better breed for love, loyalty, affection, enthusiasm and let's be honest, laughter. After all they can all be a bit potty at times, all of mine at some time or other have tripped themselves up, walked into doors/walls, fallen off beds and in my Tysies case, carried road cones home! I have lost two of my girls in the past 18 months which has left me broken hearted but worse still has left an emptiness in the house, Jewel would follow me everywhere including into the toilet, how I miss my companion and Lita, who was quite literally as blonde as she looked, who even at 12 years old thought she was a puppy filled our life and home with joy and warmth. I am left with Keisha, who unfortunately has not had the best of luck with illness but has overcome everything that has been thrown at her and carries on living life to the full. True determination has seen her through! My parents dogs Zena and Demon are true characters of the breed, Zena was a rescue dog who had been fed drugs by some low life, she came to my parents not knowing how to give or receive affection, 9 years on you wouldn't know she had been through any trauma at all, she is also the most intelligent dog I have ever known, she almost speaks (genuinely) and Demon, well... I don't think I have ever seen his tail stop wagging! They literally are family. Knowing/owning a Staffie is an honour that more people should be lucky enough to experience. I truly believe there is no better smile then a happy Staffie smile!


Name: Junayd Phillips-Khan
Location: Rotherham
My 2yr old lil girl Angel is the most loving caring staffy you will ever meet,, she can have her moments been giddy but she understands her name gives both paws for a treat love's snuggles in bed, she good round baby and children and can even be left alone with them. When left alone she's no bother, she's well pleased to your arrival home. It’s all on the owner and how u treat the dog.


Name: Nikki Faulkner
Location: Unknown
 

I've owned different dogs, all wonderful in their own way. But I've never regretted the day I took on my rescue staffie Polly aka Piglet!! She came from a horrendous background, the RSPCA actually removed her from the owners. Polly is the most loyal, funny, loving and intelligent dog I've owned. Other staffies I've met, also a couple I rescued and re-homed, are fantastic! Their reputation is completely unjustified. They are a breed that love people and enjoy nothing more than constantly being by your side! I will always have a rescue staffie from now on, no other breed quite does it for me!! I'm a supporter of your charity, keep up the amazing work you do!!

Gooner and his family

Image sent in by Gary


Name: Julie Kear
Location: Lydney
We have just lost our 15 yr old Boy who was fantastic. We also have a 1yr old little girl who is great fun and very loving, likes nothing better than to snuggle up on the sofa and go to sleep. Most loving, faithful, beautiful breed.


Name: Nancy Budd
Location: Sheffield
I cannot express my love for this breed enough. I had a staffy 10 years ago and I loved him so much that when he passed away I swore I would never have another BUT just over a year ago I heard a story about a beautiful young boy who was due to be put to sleep in stray kennels because no one wanted him so I just had to have a look. The second my eyes met his beautiful soulful brown ones I was in love. He had no name and was just named after his kennel number..... 13 I was determined that 13 would not be unlucky for this young boy. He was about 8 months old and was a rescued bait dog. I told the lady at the kennels that he was no longer without a home and he would have a name...... Baxter. I took him home with me the next day and we have been best friends ever since. It has been hard at times but all he wanted was to be loved and he gets that by the bucket load!!!! Everyone he meets loves him and he is so wonderful that my boss lets me bring him to work with me from!
 time to time and he just loves to run around the office saying hello to all his friends and then sleeps under my desk for the rest of the day. For all the haters out there PLEASE give a staffy a chance to win your heart they will pay you back with the upmost friendship and love and will do all they can to please you. Staffies just want to be loved just the same as you and me and their biggest muscle is by far their heart. I love my boy Baxter more than anything in the world and he just proves why a dog is not only mans but woman’s best friend!!!!!


Name: Surrie Fullard
Location: Frimley
My beautiful Staffordshire bull terrier saved my life. I got her from 8 weeks old when I was around 12 and struggling with anxiety. She has been with me through the toughest times of my life and only ever asked for love in return. I trained her, loved her, walked her, and did everything with her. She is the most gentle, loving, obedient, kind-hearted creature I think I will ever have the pleasure of spending my time with and she still continues to amaze me. I urge people to give these wonderful animals a chance, they truly are the most un-assuming and caring dog breeds out there.
 
 
Name: Josephine Hanlon
Location: Wolverhampton
My little Roxy is a beautiful friendly little girl, who is loyal and loving. Once you have a staffie enter your life you will never want another breed again, they are true companions and will always make you smile. Train them well, give them clear boundaries along side lots of cuddles and they are happy........they really do not deserve the bad press. TEAM STAFFIE ALL THE WAY!!!!
 
 
Name: Staci Bundy
Location: Romford
I have two staffies. Buckley is 4 in December and he is quite a big boy, but a big softie.  He loves nothing better than cuddles with my children and laying in front of the fire. Daisy is 4 and we rescued her from an abusive owner two and a half years ago. She is a very sweet little girl and she is very much my seven year old sons baby. She was very timid when we got her but slowly over the past couple of years we have worked hard with her to make her the dog she was meant to be. The most rewarding thing about her was this summer she finally started to play with toys. She had never done this before and it was like she became a puppy again. Running around the garden with my children and Buckley playing fetch and playing in the pool. I couldn't imagine my life without a staffie or two in it. Xxx
 
 
Name: Stephanie Oliver
Location: Wolverhampton
I live in a place where staffies are seen as evil and people will cross the road to avoid them. Yes my dog will cry and make a noise but that’s because you’re ignoring him and not giving him the fuss he wants. There gentle giants who love human contact and a comfy bed/ pillow/ sofa to relax on. A staffies first instinct isn’t to bite it to give you a hug and show that even if you’re a stranger they will learn to adore you. Only bad experiences will make a dog bad and that’s exactly the same as humans
 
 
Name: Sally Rowley
Location: Kidderminster
I have always had staffs. Current have two both bitches that I have had from seven weeks old. Both with very different personalitys ... but with one think in comment the most loyal and kind nature in the world. Star is coming 5 and Beamer is around 16months now. My daughter of six calls them her best buddies.... she insures they ask with their paws for all treats.  My dogs live in a house with a cat and play in the garden with rabbits and a guinea pig... in the right hands you will not find a more beautiful breed. They complete our family perfectly xx
 
 
Name: Diane Painter
Location: Walsall
I'm a proud owner of 2 beautiful Staffordshire bull terriers. They are big and strong when they smile all you see is teeth but if you give this wonderful breed a chance you will see what I see and what my children see a loving loyal gentle bear who doesn't realise there size and will happily try and squeeze there bum on your lap who snore like a pig no matter how old they are will still be a puppy at heart. I've grown up with different breeds but have never felt true love until I owned a staffie :)
 
 
Name: Teresa Hall
Location: Cannock, Staffs
Our little girl Ally came to live with us in June 2012, she was a rescue from HSR. She is a typical Staffie, in to everything and some, loves her people and everyone else she comes across. She won't go out in the rain but loves the snow, snores like a little piglet and takes up all the room on sofa. She is an absolute joy and we love her to bits, we wouldn't be without her x
 
 
Name: Joanne Parker
Location: Kidderminster
Our little brindle staffie Maggie is a delightful, much loved member of our family. She is a faithful, loving little dog who is fantastic with my three children. We'd be lost without her xx
 
 
Name: Dave Carron
Location: Maidenhead
I adopted Mr. Biscuit (by little ginger staffie) from NSBTR in 2006 and since the day I brought him home he has been the most gentle and loving dog I have ever known. Now at the grand old age of 12/13ish he is the only dog allowed to visit at my grandmothers care home as he recognises the frailty of the residents and sits quietly at their feet placing his head on their knee for some much needed loving contact. He even recognises when a child picks up his tug toy that the child is too small to play safely with him and he will simply sit and stare at them as if saying "Now come on pup, you not big enough for that one yet!" I know one day he will be gone and I will be heartbroken but it comforts me to know he has set the bar now, a true ambassador for the breed and there will now always be at least one staffie lighting up my life with their love, cheeky smiles and sniffly grunts until my last day! Deed not breed. There are no bad dogs, just badly treated dogs owned by bad people.
 
 
Name: Donna jones
Location: Mirfield
My boyfriend had grown up with Labradors...we looked after my friends staffy for 2 noted....now we have 2 of our own...they are sooo loving
 
 
Name: Sarah Laws
Location: Stoke-on-Trent
My Betsy has just turned 1. We had her from 7 weeks old and from day one she stole our hearts. She loves everyone and everything she meets. Despite being full of energy and sometimes quite boisterous, she can be the most gentle soul. She's amazing with my 7 month old niece, wanting only to lick her toes! When I'm upset she sits with her head on my shoulder, and when I'm happy she's full of energy. She was so easy to train, as she's so eager to please. She has the best personality. She wants nothing more than to be by my side, and all she asks for in life is to be cuddled, fed and loved. It's easy to love a staffie, you just have to let them show you their hearts.
 
 
Name: Sharon Cuthbert
Location: Cambridge
We got our Staffy Barney from a rescue centre 5 months ago. I lost my last staffie, Alfie, in April aged just 7yrs suddenly to prostate cancer. I had two staffies growing up. I didn't want to go through the puppy stage and thought I would go with a rescue given the amount that need re-homing. Our vet thinks that Barney is about 2yrs old. I have two daughters. I cried for two days before I decided to get Barney, partly upset at losing the other one so suddenly and partly not knowing if I was doing the right or wrong thing and wondering if it didn’t work out I would have to take him back to the rescue. I had no doubt about if I could look after him, love him and give him a great secure home and I have 80 acres of parkland right outside my front door - I had done it with Alfie and I could do it again with Barney. My good friend and husband said to me if you don't try you will never know. Barney was very underweight and his face scarred, was missing some fur in places, probably through stress - and both of his ears had been pierced/tagged. We brought him home 45 mins in the car no problem, he sat like a little gentleman. We put him straight into a warm bubble bath as the lady at the rescue said it was best to do it straight away and gave him a lovely dinner and a treat (or 5 lol) He went straight into a crate which we had filled with toys and straight away he trusted us. He was house trained and he only goes to the toilet in one area of the garden. Boy am I glad I made the decision. It is ONE OF THE BEST DECISIONS I HAVE EVER MADE. He is the most loving little boy and he lights up our house and our hearts. My daughters fuss him all the time and adore him and my husband loves playing with him. He is walked everyday, and as a family at weekends. He is very good with other dogs and loves to walk. He runs around with his ball and is very playful. He adores peanut butter in his kong toy and loves to help unpack the food shopping! I can honestly say that the feeling of love in my heart for him is sometimes overwhelming. I am at home during the day and he is with me all the time. Whatever I am doing he is there - he is great company. These dogs only ask to be loved, fed and to be with you. These idiot owners who ill treat them, make them fight and give them a bad name should be put down., Please don’t judge the breed - give them a chance they all deserve a chance -but then again don’t we all?
 
 
Name: Mary Daniels
Location: Worcester
My Charlie is now 11 & is simply adorable. She snores beside me at night, pressed as close as can be. She twirls around when excited by visitors & sings quite loudly too. Apart from this & her 20 min daily exercise, where she shows off her spinning, jumping & acrobatic tendencies while following a hand held leafy piece of tree, she is dozy. Will take her treats in her mouth from mine without a hint of snatching. Is very tolerant of my 2 grand - boys in every way. Loves to lie on cushions, sleeps a great deal. She is an absolute darling.
 
 
Name: Sandra Heald
Location: Weymouth
Cody is staffie number 5 for me. All of them have been loving, loyal, great family dogs and on numerous occasions very funny. We have however decided that our next one (or two) will be rescue staff's. Too many in dog rehoming shelters.

 

 

Name: Lucy
Location: Huddersfield
I have a 2 year old male SBT.  He is the most wonderful, loving dog anyone could wish to meet.  It breaks my heart when people believe what is written in the media about them.  They are loyal, fantastic with children, loving and have such fun personalities x


 

Name: Mrs Johann wright
Location: Hednesford
We had an adorable red staffie called Bruce from the age of 4 months which we rescued. He was a valued member of our family loved by all young and old, he was very protective towards my 91yr old grandma. Sadly he lost his life to an illness a few weeks ago but we had 11 happy years with his company and miss him dearly :( they are the most loving breed of dogs that I know and my family have a selection of breeds. I will definitely be having another staffie when I'm ready.

 

 

Name: Rachael Henderson
Location: Stockport
I Rescued a staffie from the RSPCA two years ago as they could not rehome him. So I decided to give him what time he had left in a warm loving home I called him gentle ben , he only had 3 legs and 1 eye because of the abuse he had suffered and I only had him for 3 weeks before we had to have him put to sleep I knew what I was taking on ,and I had rescued many dogs before but never a staffie,  it was the happiest 3 weeks I had ever had and I’m so glad his last days were with me , I have since rescued another staffie called Cassie , and she is hilarious , she talks , she smiles , she snores and has a wind problem !!, she is best friends with my rabbit and loves the chickens , please please give these beautiful dogs a chance ,you have never known true love till you've owned a staffie !!!

 

 

Name: Mandi Walton
Location: West Midlands
My staffie is my world. When me and my partner decided we wanted a dog he wanted a staffie as that's the only breed he has ever had was I concerned cause the bad press they get. We ended up dog sitting my partners friends dog which was a staffie (and a lovely one at that) So we agreed on a staffie but I told my partner I would prefer a female as I could see a male dog been too strong for me.  So we booked a visit to a rescue place (yours might I add) and after walking a few we came to the final one. Me and my partner were torn between the final dog and another. When we said we would go back and talk about it (we still had the final dog we walked with us) sat on my partners feet and wouldn't move. So here I am typing this with the same lovely fuss monkey lying down on my feet. I wouldn't change him for the world. Every person that has met my furry baby has fallen in love with him. I hope that one day staffies get the press they deserve and that it is a loving loyal caring dog. Oh and a massive Thank you for giving me my fuss monkey

 

 

Name: Davie Brown
Location: Hamilton
I have two staffys and I’ve got to say I never thought owning two staffy's would be so rewarding.  A versatile breed that’s quite happy to lie on the couch all day or go for a 10 mile hike. Unconditional love and a willingness to please is what the staffy is all about.  I can’t see me ever owning another breed to be honest.

 

 

Name: Sophie Neve
Location: Grimsby
I have the most loving, playful and happy staffie. Sky loves all dogs and people especially kids. She adores children and loves to give them kisses and play with all dogs who will play with her.  She is loyal as she will not go far from me. She fantastic with cats as well. She just plays and kisses them all the time.

 

 

Name: Sarah Hall
Location: Norwich
Hi I first set eyes on my baby when he was 2 days old his mum Tara would only let me near her pups so I went back everyday to gave a cuddle till finally at 5 weeks my little Lenny boy (Lennox) came home. He was the absolute light of my life for a perfect 9 yrs never was naughty never was he nasty everyone loved him he ate with me he slept with me he comforted me when I became disabled this year, he'd come in the bathroom when I was in the bath just so he could drink my bath water hehe, he's grown up with my 2 daughters and been around all my nieces and nephews when they were born not once was he ever horrible, he was loving friendly kind caring loyal obedient if he was human he'd be the neatest friend ever as he was my friend, unfortunately he started losing muscle in his head 2 years ago but wasn't ill it just changed his look but he took it in his stride then this year aged 9 he started to become slower and breathless and after trying all sorts from the vets on the 6th November 2013 my poor baby passed away at home in my partners arms, this has broken out hearts my Heart has a hole and I cry everyday, I miss my friend so much we had him cremated and now he has pride of place in the centre of our living room as he lived being around people there are so many stories I could tell you about him but I'm crying as I'm writing this, I don't understand this horrible stigma against the breed they are wonderful animals and when the times right I will have another and always will have staffys they have caught my heart, rest in peace Lenny boy love you forever xxxxxxx

 

 

Name: Sarah Hawkins
Location: Church Eaton, staffs
My staffie, Libby, is 14 now and a little unsteady on her back legs. I've had her from 12 months old and she has been my companion since the day I brought her home. It was me and her for 8 years then I gave birth to my little boy who is now 5yrs. From the moment I brought him home from hospital Libby welcomed him into her home and constantly lay under his Moses basket. Libby has put up with being pulled and poked- in a nice way, cuddled and kissed by my son. She is such a patient little staffie and so trustworthy. I leave her at home while I'm at work and she just curles up and awaits my return. She always greets me at the front door whenever I come home and has never ever messed or caused damage in the house and she's always had the run of the house. Of an evening she sits and awaits the blanket to come out which she knows is her cue to get on the sofa with us for an evening of cuddles. At night when I turn the tv off she goes straight up stairs, albeit it takes her a while now, and resumes her position under my bed where she stays all night. If it wasn't for the fact she trumps like a trooper I'd forget she was in the room with me. I love her to bits and love the breed. I will always have a staffie in my life!!!!

 

 

Name: Nigel Madeley
Location: Bampton
We adopted our first Staffie 5 years ago when she was about 6.  We lost her to a brain tumour this autumn.  She was absolutely wonderful.  I would re-live every moment we spent with her.  We now have a Staffie cross, adopted 3 1/2 years ago when he was about 4 months old, and have just adopted another Staffie who's about a year old - and she is exactly what the books say: fun-loving, feisty and inquisitive.  Quite simply, I couldn't imagine having any other breed of dog - they are just the best company.  Yes, you have to be alert: they can be a problem with some other dogs, but with people they are just wonderful (although they might lick them to death).  Tell me a breed that doesn't have its issues: fancy a spaniel obsessed by a stick or ball, or a collie that tries to round up all and sundry?  I'll take a Staffie all day and any day.

 

 

Name: Alison Caldwell
Location: Holywood, Northern Ireland
I have two gorgeous staffies who are the light of my life. They constantly make me laugh with the silly things they do!! They are part of my family. They are always there for me and sense the different moods of their human!! Whether it is a wet nose or full staffy hug they are my world and the best breed out there!!!!!

 

 

Name: Sharon Stephens
Location: Cranham
Our Mandy came to live with the family when she was a young puppy and we were school girls. She belonged to my younger sister, but we all fell in love with this wonderful little dog, so she really was more a family member than a pet. She loved us, too, very much, and would show it in many ways. She knew what time to expect us to come home from school, and would stand on the arm of the sofa so she could be high enough to watch for us out of the window. When we came into the house she would be beside herself with happiness, running around in circles and generally bouncing with joy. it was a delightful way to be welcomed home, day after day, for many years. Her one fault, if it can be called that, was her appetite. She loved food, hers, ours, the cat's, and even party food if it was left out on a low table by mistake. She once ate a whole bunch of grapes from the fruit bowl set temptingly and mistakenly within range on the coffee table, but she did have the grace to look slightly ill and very guilty, afterwards! She was well known to our little friends, and as a puppy, taking her for a walk would often include meeting other children who knew us, and who would spontaneously lie flat on the pavement so Mandy could jump on them and enjoy licking them while they giggled. Our Dad took  her for a walk in the early days, not knowing this would happen, and came home astonished to report that a couple of small boys saw Mandy and instantly threw themselves on the ground at his feet apparently for the puppy's entertainment. She joined in with the fun when we decided to dress her up in a bathing costume, although she did object to the lack of accommodation for her tail. Mandy was intelligent, playful, loads of fun, sometimes a bit naughty (like choosing to roll in cow pats in the nearby fields, ew,) but, above all she was dearly loved. I remember her delighted staffy grin to this day, and how our hearts were broken when she died at the age of nine. Our childhood days would have been missing a wonderful loving experience without her, and would certainly have been much less fun. People sometimes wonder whether dogs go to Heaven, and I cannot imagine Heaven deserving the name, without them!

 

 

Name: Pete and Ann Dangerfield
Location:
Cradley Heath

We were lucky enough to have a beautiful staffie named Lilly who we adopted when she was 4 years old. She was the sweetest, funniest, most loyal companion you could ever wish for, and we were heartbroken when we had to put her to sleep at the age of 13 due to illness.  We missed her desperately, but having got in touch with Happy Staffie Rescue we soon fell in love with Rosie, a sweet little red staffie, and adopted her in May.   She's a playful, happy little dog like all staffies are and so loving and anxious to please. She's a real little comedian, but she can sense your mood and will also comfort you when you're down.  Do not listen to any of the bad press about staffies. If you've never had a staffie you are missing out on the best friend in the world.


 


Images sent in by Pete and Ann Dangerfield

Name: William Rafferty
Location: Dudley
We have two Staffies both four yrs old I am a diabetic and have been having a lot of trouble getting my sugar levels correct I have been going into a lot of hypos I am one of the unfortunate people who do not know when a hypo is happening one of our Staffies called Skye tells me now she smells my mouth and when a hypo is coming on she starts to let me know to check my sugar levels if I am in bed she will come and lie at the side of the bed to make sure I am ok if it had not been for this loyal and loving dog I know things could have been a lot worse for me.

 

Name: Lisa Hendricks
Location: South Croydon
My staffie x is the most amazingly loving hairy beastie in the world. She has been the most sensible to simply get it right in the world and is completely tuned to my mental lead while having her own little agenda to keep. She smiles and cries and has the hugest heart and the prettiest face. She hangs out on the top of the sofa while giving kisses and can be found under various duvets in the cold....she's funny with her food and keeps a nice waistline but has been known to steal, cheese is her favourite! All in all she's rock solid and sings when you play the harmonica. And she's pink and orange with amber eyes.

 

Name: Mary Daniels
Location: Worcester
Her name is Charlie & she is now a 12 year old veteran. Charlie has always been a bit of an acrobat & twirls on command, leaps in the air following a stick & loves chasing a ball. We, the family have had different breeds over the years, Irish Red Setters, Pointer, Dalmation, Yorkie & Lurcher but had never before experienced quite the same level of love & loyalty I have with Charlie. My 2 year old & 5 year old grandchildren adore her loving, gentle, tolerant nature. All she really wants to do is be close & cuddled up, preferably in bed with a human to lie against.  She will gently take a treat from my mouth without touching it with hers. She loves to please & would probably faint if I ever shouted at her!!!  I have received nothing less than adoration and unconditional love from her. My son also owns a Staffie & he is all that I’ve said about Charlie. They are truly lovely dogs and I'm so happy to have shared the past 11 years with her.

 

Name: Rachel Gallear
Location: Kingswinford
My Dad and Step Mom adopted a brindle coloured Staffie, who is believed to be 7 years old, in October 2013 from a dogs home.  We do not know anything of his background as he was a stray.  He is the most adorable loving dog I have ever met. He is so lovely with all of the family especially with my son aged 3 and my nephew aged 7. He enjoys his walks, treats and playing ball.  I cannot imagine our family without him now, he is a star!

 

Name: Charlotte Taylor
Location: Sheffield
My mother and father had Annie brought into the family as a pup and just shortly after I was born. We grew up together and I have never seen a dog so calm and loving. Other dogs would be over excited and try to bite and be vicious to her but she never hurt a fly. Staffie dogs really do have big hearts and can fit into any family. Sadly she passed away at age 14. I was 14 at the time but am now 20 years old and still miss her to this day. If I was ever to get a dog again I would always chose a Staffie dog.

 

Name: Tammy Price
Location: Tipton
My first staffie was a short legged dog an I had never had one before. I had heard all the bad things people had said about the bread and I was scared because I had children and I did not know what to expect but I believe that all dogs are not bad it is there owners.  Now I only have staffies they are the best dog's to have around the kids and they make great for legged friends even if you have an illness they seem to know and now I have the miss treated staffies and I can not believe that at one stage I was like some of the people who would stereotype the dogs an what they say are not true they are not bad dogs. I love them I have one already and want another x

 

Name: Wendy Taylor
Location: Rowley Regis
My staffy Lola is 2 years old, black n white with the cutest face you have ever seen. Before I had Lola I had dogs before but always was aware of staffys because of their reputation through media etc.  My partner proposed to me on Xmas day and put this little puppy in my hands with a will u marry me tag on her tiny collar. She was hard work so many months old but with the support from my parents Lola is turning into a beautiful, gentle, obedient, funny dog. She is such a people dog and loves everybody. She loves children and always wants to jump and play. I can categorically say that the only thing that creates bad in these dogs is the owners. Never mind the dogs it's the owners who should be licensed!! I love Lola so much, she makes me smile and laugh when I'm feeling low. She makes the hard times when she was a puppy so worth it. Anyone who thinks twice about these dogs has been brainwashed like I was, I'm just so relieved I've been given a chance to experience how awesome they really are.

 

Name: Dawn Anderson
Location: Leicestershire
My first dog was Bonnie a staffie cross lab who went through thick and thin with me, I was lucky to have her for 12 years, during that time I had a baby and she was wonderful with him. I lost her 4 years ago, and couldn’t imagine a home without a staffie so we got a 2 year old rescue girl Emmie, who was so nervous, then we rescued a boy Bobby who was due to be pts, they are the most lovable dogs I have ever known, and everyone who meets them loves them. It’s the idiots who think a dog can make them look better that need  training not these wonderful animals.

 

 

Name: Marnie Buckland
Location: Amesbury/Salisbury
My staffies mean everything to me, they are soft and loving and my youngest thinks he is half cat.  I could tell you so much about my boys but a picture tells a thousand words and you really need to see them in action to believe it.  If you go to YouTube and type in 'Alfie sings the blues you will find my eldest singing as he often does to a TV theme tune.

 

 

Nameame: Caroline Murphy
Location: Highley, Shropshire
I am disabled, I am being blinded by a rare brain condition and it is the most scary thing in the world. The only thing that makes me able to get through each day is the love of my dogs, my Staffie Jazz especially. Jazz gives me a lick on the face when I cry, he leans into me when I need someone to lean on, someone to hold, he sleeps next to me every night in case I wake and feel alone and scared and he wakes up when he feels me move and brings his face close to mine and comforts me with a wagging tail. He curls up in a tiny ball for a big doggie in the small of my back so I always know he is there. He helps me get out of the house because I have to walk him and therefore remain active and not housebound. He is my world and my saviour, he keeps me from the darkness that is myself every single day of my life, my protector from myself. I love him more than anything, he has never been anything but gentle and kind, never shown me anything but love and the biggest smile on his face. Staffies make the world go round and this one is definitely my world.

 

 

Name: Serela Athulathmudali Santos
Location: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Ava is the first staffy our little family has ever owned. We got here because we fell in love with her mother.
She´s the little mummy to our pack of 3 (we have a border collie and a Rhodesian Ridgeback as well) Ava is our son´s teddy bear and protector. She´s the friendliest little Creature you will ever meet.  She is more likely to lick someone to death than ever bite. If I had any complaint at all about her it´s that she is in danger of being carried off by the people she meets. I can´t even count the number of people who have asked for one of her pups after meeting her just once.

 

 

Name: Fe Ryan
Location: Dudley West Midlands
We have Lola since she was a few weeks old . Now she is 2. She sleep with my 14 year old son. We took her when we went to a Rugby Tour in Wales & Devon. She loves  sleeping at the back of our car with my son. My husband did not want a Staffie because they are known as fighting dog. Since we have Lola she is like our baby. She loves watching the Under 14 Kinver Colts playing football  & DKRFC U14 playing Rugby.

 

 

Name: Marian Styler
Location: Stourbridge
In Feb 2013 we saw Sophie's picture in Happy Staffie Rescue in Stourbridge. She has changed our lives and we do not go to many places without her, she even comes to work with me on occasions. She loves to put her head on my lap and is hardly ever without a ball in her mouth. She sleeps under a blanket every night and has the most wonderful smile. Thank you so much Happy Staffy Rescue you do a wonderful job.

 

 

 

Name: Karen Brown
Location: Chester le street
Very sadly I had to say goodbye to my fantastic staffie Bracken in March. Bracken grew up with our kids she was a massive part of our family, she was loyal, incredibly loving, soft hearted & very cute! Bracken was well known in our street, the children loved her too. Bracken was a character who would almost talk back, I would dance in the kitchen & she would bark in excitement, she's a huge miss & when I'm ready the next pet will be a staffie. They are brilliant dogs & their bad reputation is not deserved, its bad owners that create bad dogs give them a chance!

 

 

Name: Lisa Bttett
Location: Northants
Had our sixteen year old staffie Tyler from the age of two, loved him to bits made us laugh daily, sadly we had to make that awful thing and Tyler was pts on May 2nd 2014, my heart is empty and I miss my old boy every second since he went to doggy heaven , we always tell people what great dogs staffies are and I’m rehomoing  Taz in July, another Staffie.

 

 

Name: Joy Etheridge
Location: Ellesmere Port
Tiger was an abandoned Bulgarian street dog, probably 1 year old, emaciated and hugely pregnant who came to my house last October in Bulgaria and sat alongside the feral cats. Next morning she had slept on the concrete outside the kitchen door. After 3 days she was house trained. We delivered her puppies together on my bed where she made her nest and I reluctantly left her and puppies with foster 'carers' there to come back to the UK. The foster 'carers' abused her (I did not know this, at the time) and I went back to get her in March 2014. The puppies were all dead. She had been used for dog fighting and had a wound that needed immediate surgery. She sat by my car outside the foster carers and indicated that she wanted to come home with me. She came back to the UK 4 weeks ago and has not left my side since. She is a one in a million dog, intelligent, intuitive, so comical and loyal. Yesterday she choose a ball toy from the pet shop, lost it under their display, then tried to retrieve it and carried it all the way home! She put it down on the door step and asked if she could bring it into the house!

 

 

Name: Manuela Castello
Location: Birmingham
I have fostered and then adopted my Staffie girl Cookie following a neglected case won by the RSPCA; I have 5 other dogs (2 greyhounds, 3 Maremma Sheepdogs; she settled in wonderfully, she is adorable and I cannot understand how people can have such a bad opinion of them. I will never have a home without a Staffie, and she is my little precious girl

 

 

Name: Kevin Arthur
Location: Rolleston-on-Dove
I've had my boy Harry, a red staffie since he was 8 weeks old. He's been the most friendly and loyal boy and now he is 10. We moved overseas to Switzerland a few years ago and got caught up in the BSL being brought in at the time. For me there was no choice but to come back to the UK as it was uncertain if we could keep him as no-one would rent an apartment to us knowing we had a staffie. I really hope this country doesn't go the same way as it is the few that have given these wonderful loyal friends a bad name.

 

 

Name: Tezz Barnes
Location: Hinckley
My staffy is called poppy and she’s funny loving and energetic.

 

 

Name: Lorraine Stanley
Location: Stoke on Trent
I have a lovely 12 year old staffie called Lennon he is amazing kind loyal brave boy he has survived two big operations and hasn't been well lately he is my 2nd staffie they are true stars.

 

 

Name: Morffydd Hird
Location: Telford
We have been lucky to own over the last 45years 3 staffies Rupert, Bruce, Bruno. They were the most loyal, faithful, loving and amusing dogs that anyone could ever wish for. Rupert lived with us for 17 years, through the birth of our two sons who he adored, and played with up until we lost him. Bruce enjoyed the rough and tumble of two energetic boys and again was loved and returned that love in spades. Our final dog was Bruno who had all the attributes of the other two but had a few medical problems towards the end of his life, he had cataracts and had surgery on both his eyes, even prior to his surgery he was the best dog ever. Our sons have now families of their own and very busy lives and we feel that we are too old to take on another dog, if it lived to be as old as our other dogs then I would be in my 80s and may not be able to walk him 3 times a day. But how I miss having that Staffie smile.

 

 

Name: Sharon Lunn
Location: Dudley
My beautiful boy is a red rescue dog, the nicest nature you could ever ask for. I am so upset at the moment because a week ago he was attacked while out by a German Shepherd. This out of control dog savaged his shoulder without any provocation and it was only his Staffie collar that saved him from having a chunk tore from his shoulder. He still loves other dogs!xxx

 

 

Name: Karen Jones
Location: Oldham
We adopted a SBT from our local rescue centre two years ago. we renamed him Alfie. We know very little about his past, he was quite timid at first, but he soon settled down with us, he is a very affectionate, loyal gentle dog, he loves his walks, loves his toys, he’s good on and off the lead, he goes everywhere with us shopping, camping, days out and visits the family, he loves people and plays well with other dogs, he loves his bed but loves ours more. He is an all round good family dog. He greets us every morning and wants a tummy tickle. He is so happy to see us he wiggles his rear end, and talks to us, anyone who owns a staffie will know what I mean. Alfie is our second SBT our previous dog was Samson sadly he died of cancer, a great dog very similar to Alfie. I wouldn't have any other breed, and I would always want a rescue dog, I wouldn't buy from a breeder.

 

 

Name: Darren wells
Location: Kingswinford
Hi my staffie is Frankie and she is a 16 month old bitch and I love her to bits she loves lots of fuss of other people as much as she can get going for long walks and playing for Horus on end that I'm happy to do. She likes to play with other dogs she's never been aggressive with people or other dogs and she loves kids to she will also drowned your face with kisses when you come back from work. She is the best dog I’ve ever had and hope she will be with me for years to come.

 

 

Name: Andy Wakeman
Location: Halesowen
Our Staffie is buster we had him from a pup 10 years ago now. He is a loyal and lovable companion adored by everyone who meets him. My wife was a little sceptical when I suggested a staffie but she is now a true convert to the breed. Buster has epilepsy which became known when he was about 2 years old. With medication the fits are few but still happen occasionally. Despite this he just gets in with life and has been a great friend to all of us. Simply the best breed anyone could wish for and I reiterate what others have said it's ignorance that gives them a bad name. I have never met a nasty one, they are all wonderful.

 

 

Name: Jade Margetts
Location: Stourbridge
Me and my partner had a staffie called Brusey who was 5 years old! Unfortunately he passed away in January due to a splenic rupture. It broke my heart! He was the most loving, cheeky chappy you could meet. We'd had him from 8 weeks old and we always said he'd never get on the sofa, nor the bed ... But we couldn't resist. He spent every night sat on the sofa next to us and would jump straight under the covers and into our bed and sleep there all night! I wouldn't have changed it for the world! He loved his walks and meeting new people, and he'd melt the hearts of everybody he met! He wasn't 'just a dog' he was a beautiful, happy, spoilt and the most loving boy you could ever meet! He was our son!

 

 

Name: Ben ward
Location: Halesowen
We have 2 Staffies. One is called Bella and one is called bob. Bella is black brindle and white she loves to be cuddled and she loves been taken on walks. Bob is brindle and white and he is a very gentle dog. He loves his treats his favourite is gravy bites. He loves a long walk however sometimes he is a bit grumpy.

 

 

Name: Sarah Glynn

Location: Staffordshire

We adopted Shady (aged 6) in January 2014, he is a staffy cross but we don't know what he's crossed with. We hadn’t had him long before he became my best friend, looking after me and keeping me company when my partner has to go away with work. He's always by the front door to greet me when I get home from work and then follows me everywhere until bed time! I'd never choose a different breed after having Shady, He's an absolutely wonderful dog, love him to pieces.


Image sent in by Sarah Glynn

Name: Hazel Thomas
Location: Kidderminster
I have had the pleasure and honour of being a Staffy owner for 11 1/2 years now. Spike will be 12 on 31/07.  Everyone who knows him loves him dearly, he is such a gentle soul.  Good with other dogs and people, he was a pleasure to train when he was a pup, good on a lead and very obedient when not.  He loves his walks, teddys and chews, which he gets lots of all 3! I have always had dogs since I can remember as a child and adult all different breeds.  Spike is my first Staffy and I would never now have a different breed, he is kind, gentle and the loyalist of friends, he likes nothing better than curling up on my lap in the evening. We all love him dearly.

 

Name: Carly
Location: Peterborough
I was told that I would like this staffie that we have coming in. (I work at a vets) but I wasn't ready to take on a dog as I was currently moving house & jobs. I wanted an older dog, it had to be a staffie and preferably female but I wasn't fussed. I met this brindle 10 year old grey faced nutcase called lady. I instantly fell in love. I asked if I could trial her for the weekend & she'll have to go back on the Monday. They agreed, so I took her and off we went. She didn't go back, she stayed. :) She slept straight for 24 hours! Poor girl must of never of got sleep at the kennels what with all the barking! She's just as lively and energetic as a puppy would be. I love her and 3 years later, the love has grown. Staffies are the only breed for me.

 

Name: Mandy Deakin
Location: Burntwood
My Staffie is a red bitch and the most loving, loyal and trustworthy dog I have ever known! No one would believe I’m a 'cat person'! My staffie is called Sandy and loves everyone she comes into contact with, she is obedient and won’t go near another dog or cat (only to play with them) if I say the word 'no'. I would recommend a staffie to anyone who is considering a dog to add to their family. I have a 2 year old niece who completely adores her.
They really are not the 'vicious' animals they are portrayed to be in the press!
Mandy x

 

Name: Michelle Revell
Location: Louth Lincolnshire
I rescued a Staffie in September 2013 not having had anything to do with the breed prior to this.  It was the best thing I ever did and I love her to bits she is such a loving gentle dog with so much character. Our house would not be the same without her and I would definitely rescue another Staffie in the future.

 

Name: David Holloway
Location: Derby
We have had our Layla from 9 weeks old. She is such a loving dog. When my 7 year old step-son goes to bed at night she'll go upstairs and lay at the foot of his bed until he's asleep and then she'll come downstairs and joins us. She is very loving and loyal. The best thing about her (and other Staffies I've encountered) is she is up for exactly our level of activity. She likes going hiking in the mountains but she is just as happy to be snuggled up on the sofa on a lazy Sunday. We often call her our living teddy bear that cuddles back. I love dogs if all breeds but there's something about Staffies that is indescribably good. Every day I fall in love the breed little more.

 

Name: Jodie Bristow

Location: Redditch

My Staffie Alfie is a wonderful dog I wouldn't change him for the world. He is so friendly and loving. He loves people and lots of fuss from them. He likes playing with his toys especially his teddy and ball. I would definitely have another one. Staffies are overall brilliant dogs just a shame the owners treat them badly giving them a bad rep. You should treat everyone including animals the same as you want to be treated.

 

Name: Natasha Okodiya

Location: Colchester

My Staffies name is Ellie. We call her Ellie belly. Or Mrs Elliott.  Her personality is of her own. A free sprit. She has the full run of the house. I have two boys one who is 4 and one who is 7. Ellie is now 6 years old. The boys are her world. She protects them. If I am sat down and I am shouting at them as they are usual play fighting. Lol. Ellie will climb up on my lap and put the side of her over my mouth to say to me stop shouting. My Ellie loves escaping. She will do anything to run away and be free. She loves going off and investigating. We take her out and she loves being off the lead and running free. Loyal good tempered. Bossy. Crazy. She loves getting into bed at night and cuddling up with you with her head on the pillow.

Please Staffies and pit bulls are the most wonderful dogs. Just because they have power and strength behind them. People turn them into something they are not.  I do not look at Ellie as a dog. She is my baby girl. One of the family.  Her place is by me on the sofa or up in bed. Or next to the kids.

 

Name: Jessica Gibbs  

Location: Stourport

My boy Jonti is the friendliest dog you could ever meet. My three year old and Jonti are inseparable and both cry if one goes somewhere with out the other. He is like a big baby at heart and wouldn't harm a fly I've had a few different breeds as I grew up but a staffie is by far the best breed I have ever had. Treat them right and bring them up right you can't go wrong with a staff. I'm just about to adopt my second staff wish I had room for them all.

 

Name: Julie Williams

Location: Chester

Enzo is quite simply the best dog ever! Life would be so boring without him he really is an amazingly loving dog.

He has managed to change a lot of peoples views on Staffies for the better.

Thanks Enzo xxx

 

 

Name: Heather Watkins

Location: Swindon

I have a beautiful red and white staffie boy. I gave him a home as he needed one. I had never owned a staff before and was always wary of them. It was the best decision I ever made. He is amazing with children of all ages, he loves walking with our grand-daughter. Protective is not a big enough word for him when she is with us. Every weekend we meet up with friends and their dogs, of all shapes and sizes. He just loves being with them, running and playing, and recently swimming. Some weekend we have anything from 10 - 20 dogs, all playing together. Someone once told me a happy staffy is a tired staffy, and I believe that. Every day my boy makes me laugh, whether he is trying to get a response from his bone by growling at it, or pushing his head under my arm to have a cuddle, or his favourite pastime - forestry work!  I can honestly say that life without him would be boring, from the smiles, to the over enthusiastic kisses, to the guilty face, he simply is the greatest dog.

 

Name: Nick Robinson

Location: Worcester

More than a few months ago I had taken care of my daughter and partner Staffie, they moved into a flat. I rang " Happy Staffie " for them to take the dog, as she ripped my house apart. I had a call back the same day, I am so glad I had the conversation with a brilliant lady, as she gave me more advice than I knew exercise, food, ect.  I could not look back, she is a fantastic companion, bless her lol xx

 

Name: Russell Dylag

Location: St Albans

So I got my Staffie nearly 8 years ago now. His name is Troy and he is red. I class him as my hairy son! I and the whole family absolutely love him to pieces! He was 3 when my daughter was born and they love each other like siblings. He looks out for her and she looks out for him! They are like partners in crime, especially at meal times! Our lives wouldn't be the same without him! Staffies are so intelligent, so fun, and loving! Their mannerisms and character are just astounding! They don't deserve one bit of the press they get! I will challenge anyone who says they are dangerous dogs! Troy is part of my family and loved by anyone who knows or meets him! Every dog should have a good loving forever home for life as they have emotions and they feel pain just like we do!