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#1 CandZ

Posted 06 April 2012 - 08:39 PM

One of our very loved dogs passed away last year and we are coming around now to thinking about getting another.  We have a 7.5yo Rhodesian Ridgeback who grew up with our pooch who died and we'd like to give him a companion and give ourselves another dog too  wink.gif

I've always loved Staffies although I've read that they're very much a one-dog house type of dog - is this the case with your Staffie?  Our 7.5yo is a lovely natured boy and I'd hate for him to be roughed up by the next dog we get  happy.gif

Any advice on Staffies would be welcome - TIA  original.gif

#2 koalas

Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:24 PM

We have a staffy cross.  She gets along ok with my sisters dog but we don't really socialise much with many other dogs.  I love my girl. She is so patient with the kids and has a great personality.

Other than that I really can't offer much more advice

#3 Le-a

Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:36 PM

We have two staffy x's and got the second boy for the same reasons you are thinking of getting your second dog for. They get along very well for the most part, but they have vastly different personalities which can sometimes cause a bit of tension between them. The older is very submissive, he is a smoochy, sooky, lap dog. We thought we were doing the righty by getting him a puppy as a new mate, so he had a chance at being "top dog" and asserting himself. Well, I think we picked the wrong puppy! Bruno is the bossiest little thing you have ever met. I think for us, this really highlighted the fact that you can choose the breed, but personality is a whole different kettle of fish!

I love our boys though, they are full of character and bring so much joy and laughter into our lives.

#4 Paddlepop

Posted 06 April 2012 - 11:42 PM

I used to have a staffy. Unfortunately she died 3.5 years ago and I still miss her. She was 5 days short of her 14th birthday.

I got her when I was a teenager and still living at home with Mum and Dad. We had another dog at the time who was getting a bit old and grumpy because he had some arthritis but he adored my staffy pup. The older dog was a cattle dog. They played together heaps, and chased each other, and play-wrestled. They had about 1 year together before the older cattle dog had to be put down because he was in too much pain.

My little staffy had no problem with sharing the attention because she knew no different, and missed the cattle dog once he was gone. However once she got used to being the only dog she loved it and no longer seemed to realised that she was a dog! She actively shunned other dogs and refused to eat dog food. The grumpy ginger cat in the house was a different matter though! That cat was boss of my staffy until he too had to be put down.

My staffy was generally a sook, and was far more likely to be scared of something than to try to fight something. She had to be medicated for things like fireworks, smoke alarms and thunderstorms. The poor thing would just shake and tremble and be terrified.

She loved to be the centre of attention, and she definitely was once I left home to go to uni and she stayed at home with Mum and Dad. In the end she was Mum's dog more than mine because they were together almost constantly. Mum was devastated when my staffy died.

Overall I think that staffies are the most wonderful dogs, and I would have another in a heartbeat if I could (but I rent so I can't). In fact, I loved mine so much that my daughter's middle name is my late staffy's name.

If you get a staffy be prepared to fall head over heels in love!

#5 noonehere

Posted 07 April 2012 - 12:03 AM

We have a american staffy x rhodesian ridgeback and shes beautiful!!

Like all dogs you want the history, parents back ground etc

They do have issues with skin allergys (rashs and dry skin plus allergic reactions) that is easily managed with medication and removing what ever it is causing problems. Same with fly bites if outside.

They are escape artists and HATE being alone, they are a very smart dog therefor training is a must and more is better.

Our girl is very friendly and accepting of other dog and people but she is very well socialised.

Most dogs tend to have a favourite owner and will cry/sook if left out of family day to day living.

They can be a stubborn dog so again LOTS of training should be done.

Most can take longer to mature so can be a long puppy stage and they LOVE to chew.

Know all of the above I would still have five of these dogs with out a second thought, they are a very rewarding and family friendly dog and are a extra person in your home before you know it. :-)

Again I LOVE all stafford shire terriers <3

#6 nic76sl

Posted 07 April 2012 - 08:52 AM

I have had 2 staffy crosses and would go for a staffy any day the people i know with pure breeds have the most beautiful disposition.

they are bossy but hey who isn't!!!

#7 CandZ

Posted 07 April 2012 - 09:42 AM

Great, thanks for all the input!!  They sound like awesome dogs  happy.gif

#8 salti

Posted 07 April 2012 - 09:50 AM

We have a staffy and a Maltese cross terrier - they are best of mates and cuddle of a lot together. Before we had them desexed we started having issues with aggression with the staffy, however we had him desexed which was the best thing we did.  I should say that he is so bloody needy but gives great cuddles - loves to tell you what is on his mind! They are wonderful dogs but be warned they are needy and need company - mostly yours!!!

Edited by salti, 07 April 2012 - 09:51 AM.

#9 **Xena**

Posted 07 April 2012 - 09:54 AM

I have a Staffy X rescue and she is the loveliest dog. She gets along really well with my chihuahua and is just the sweetest dog you'll ever meet. Loves people and gets along well with other dogs. Love her wub.gif

The RSPCA often has staffies and staffy X's and you can take your dog there and walk them with other dogs to see how well they get along. That's what we did with our two.

#10 Chasing*Rainbows

Posted 07 April 2012 - 09:57 AM

We have a 3 year old staffy and he is the most beautiful dog we've ever owned. He gets on well with our older dog (german shepherd cross who's on his last legs) and is amazing with our kids. Where ever the kids are in the yard Bullet (our staffy) is right beside them. He's a massive sook, sits on the kids laps (despite him weighing over 20kgs), cuddles them every time they walk out in the morning. Even though he's 3 years old he still thinks he's a baby. I would never buy any other breed. Love him to bits.  wub.gif

#11 la di dah

Posted 07 April 2012 - 09:21 PM

My parents have one. I lived with her for many years but there was no question of me putting her through quarantine when I emigrated... a) I don't think she would have survived and b) my parents weren't letting go! original.gif

I say she wouldn't have survived... I'm not totally joking. We got her because her old home had taken a bellyful of her seperation issues. She is/was/is still in her old age clingy. She got along fine with our other dog (he was bigger than she and male, and she was a small submissive female...) but she loooooves being with people. She never ever had temperment like growly/snappy issues with people but she'd take loneliness issues out on furnishings in her old home, and barked/screamed like a psycho.

I'm just saying so you know - this isn't totally uncommon for staffies.

She does fine at my parents house: people come and go but someone is always home, and she gets along with dogs and cats. The cat sleeps on top of her actually. My dad thinks she's PERFECT. I really like staffies. But they need their people, and a good bit of exercise.

I would probably get a GIRL staffy to go with your boy, and my preference is an adult rescue, but that's my bias. A lot of the girl staffies I've met are a fond of big male dogs, even if both are fixed.

#12 shelly1

Posted 08 April 2012 - 08:26 PM

Personally I think a Male/Female combination (both desexed) is easiest to manage. Just expect that the female will usually end up alpha/dominant/top dog

I have a male and female dog. My female is dominant dog. We could add a male dog to the pack but even adding a submissive female to our pack would cause some problems.

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