Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Training: I’ve taught bird care / training techniques
Florida, United States
Posted August 9, 2014
Being grouped with Pit Bull types, Staffies often get a bad name. In truth, these dogs are generally big babies. Of course it varies dog to dog, but for the most part they are dedicated, attached, and quick learners. They are popular with those who would mistreat them, because they will go to the ends of the earth for you. Be warned, they are lap dogs. If you don't want 60+ sitting on you on the couch to watch movies, this isn't the dog for you.
It is easy for them to run wild though. They need lots of socialization early on with people and dogs so that they do not become protective or aggressive. Patient, calm, consistent, and firm training is a must. This doesn't mean hitting, but it does mean if they get away with it once they will do it again and again. Positive training works excellent with these dogs. If they are not well trained, they can be a nightmare. They are extremely strong and determined, you will not win a battle of the leash with them.
I would not recommend them for a first dog, but if you've done some basic training before, you shouldn't have a problem.