Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Training: Attended conferences / shows
Posted September 12, 2015
Maisie was a rescue dog picked up from an inner city Dog pound in Birmingham, she was 10 months old when I go her and had evidence of her being mistreated by previous owners. She still has bite scars on her belly, which is tragic in itself but also evidence of her real nature.
Maisie is a wonderful dog, and I have absolutely no qualms about extending this statement to the breed as a whole. In England the Staffordshire Bull Terrier has a very negative stigma and is believed to be a fighting dog. While it is accurate that these dogs were first bred for the purpose of dog fighting, and posses extreme strength, I say this history is simply evidence of their extreme loyalty. Maisie is a fantastic pet, and while she wasn't the easiest to train, I put this down to the formative months she spent without training living on the street. They are a very intelligent breed, and have no problems with learning once they set their minds to it.
Staffies are very much family dogs, they attach themselves at the heart strings. They are loving and loyal, and will change your life.