Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Posted August 25, 2015
Just look at those big eyes! I don't think I've had a dog as affectionate or as difficult as a staffy -- but let me back up a little.
Our particular dog came to us from an owner who had not been able to train or spend too much time with him, due to work commitments. Training him (the dog, not the owner!) since then has been a difficult process, but some inroads have been made on his habits. Anecdotally, I've found that younger staffies will run and run far as soon as they get the chance -- not because they don't like you, but because they can be so heedless. Make sure you've got a tall, sturdy fence!
Of course, a lot of this can be rectified if you get your staffy as a puppy. At his best, our dog is loyal, gentle and sweet. He always wants to be part of family life and as a matter of principle ruthlessly investigates anything new brought before him. He's very gentle with other dogs, even when excited, but does have moments where he forgets himself or his strength and will barge into something or somebody at full speed. He can be pretty vocal and there's a sense of safety in this: nobody will ever sneak up on you or your family if you own a staffy.
The staffy's sturdy constitution and short hair ensure that he requires very little in terms of maintenance and grooming -- besides cuddles and a place at your side.