I'm a dog lover from wayyy back and I've owned a variety of breeds. No Staffys yet - hopefully one day!
As a lover of all breeds, I wanted to offer my opinion. Truly hope I don't offend anyone or their beloved canine mates.
I honestly believe that even the most loving dog is capable of 'turning', and becoming violent - especially if frightened or threatened. I think dog owners would have to be naïve not to accept this.
YES - your dog might be a sook when approached by you, your childen, friendly strangers etc. - but have you ever witnessed your dog under threat? Do you truly know how he or she will react? Perhaps you do... but there are some dog owners for whom this situation hasn't arisen, and they may be surprised to see what would really occur when it does.
Dogs descended from wolves, and I believe that when the 'fight or flight' response is required, they'll rely on their wild animal instincts. What else can they do?
Why certain breeds might get a bad wrap would come down to the strength and capability of breeds.
For what it's worth, I owned two Corgies and one West Highland White Terrier who were what I would term 'less trustworthy' and at times impatient with children. Much moreso than larger breeds such as the German Shepherd and Bull Terrier I had. I'd be a bit hesitant to recommend Corgies for families with very small children; but I'll bet you never heard of people campaigning against Corgies being sold as pets. I guess it's because a corgie's jaw just isn't strong enough to cause serious damage to an adult or anything larger than a tiny child.
Dogs with strong torsos and jaws, on the other hand...
And yes, I think those who don't know a lot about dogs get the Staffordshire Bull Terrier commonly confused with the Pit Bull Terrier.
I also totally agree with Ruffles
about aways supervising play with dogs and kids... Especially the bits about needing to protect the dogs from the kids
... But don't you just love it when they sit patiently through the ear and tailpulling until someone jumps in to save them...?
Edited by *Foggy*, 19 June 2008 - 10:12 PM.