Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Training: I’ve taught bird care / training techniques
Maryland, United States
Posted April 23, 2015
Honestly, I was afraid when I got Squiggles that he might turn out to be a bad dog. His mother was a very rowdy American Staffordshire Terrier who often ran away from home and didn't seem well trained, and his father was a boxer who lived down the street. I did not know what to expect from this breed combination, but he has truly turned out to be a great dog. I have had him since he was a little less than 8 weeks old. Though he is occasionally distracted by other stimuli, he is generally a very good listener and responded very well to typical home training techniques. He does "protect the house" but he also doesn't tend to bark at everything he sees. Despite his scary sounding bark, he is extrodinarily friendly to strangers and other dogs, at home or otherwise. He is clumsy when he is excited so he is not great around very small children or small pets (he loves them so much that it can be overwhelming for them). However, he loves being involved with everyone he is around. He is laid back in that he can sit inside all day or play for hours, and be happy either way. I can, and do, take him as many places as I can with me. He is very vocal. He whines when he is stressed or bored, and he barks when he is excited or wants your attention. I take him for walks or to the dog park 5 out of the 7 days of the week, and that seems to work for us. He also has had some stomach problems before, though all were easily fixed by a quick vet visit. Overall, a great pet. He is neutered, but I have never had any problems with agression or hyperactivity.
Pros: Very friendly, easy going, little grooming required, easy to train
Cons: Not great around small animals or small children, some stomach issues, does need exercise