Staffordshire Bull Terrier Population Explosion

The UK Kennel Club hosted a meeting recently about the increase in unwanted Staffordshire Bull Terriers in rescue centres. The belief is that over breeding has created the problem of many more Staffordshire Terriers than there are prospective owners. Representatives from Staffordshire Bull Terrier Welfare, Dogs Trust and Battersea Dogs Home attended to collate a campaign.

John Laker, Chairman of Staffordshire Bull Terrier Welfare concluded, Sadly, being involved with the sharp end of rescue, we find ourselves having to pick up the pieces and Stafford Rescue nationwide is inundated with unwanted dogs, who come to us through no fault of their own. We are delighted that the Kennel Club, Dogs Trust and Battersea Dogs and Cats Home are working with us to try to resolve this important issue, as it really is reaching crisis point.

Discover Dogs was chosen as the venue for the launch of the campaign to educate prospective owners of the characteristics and particular needs of the breed. An awareness campaign will run through the pet press, and the Kennel Club have issued a general statement regarding the breed.

One of the most popular of all the terriers, unfortunately the Staffordshire Bull Terrier has become the victim of his own success� and is being over bred in the UK, with supply far outstripping demand.

Breed Rescue and animal welfare charities are inundated with unwanted dogs, bearing testament to this fact. As a specialised breed, careful consideration should be given regarding ownership, if a novice. Prospective owners should read a comprehensive book on the breed, prior to purchase, and check that the dog’s parents have been tested for hereditary problems.

A true Stafford’s genuine love of children is well known and he is often referred to as ‘the nanny dog’. With the human race he is kindness itself but sometimes the breed is intolerant of other dogs. He is relatively maintenance free but does require a fair amount of exercise and craves human attention and therefore does not fair well with long periods of isolation. Susceptible to theft, all owners should microchip their Stafford and ensure that they purchase an authentic Stafford.

Ideally ask an experienced person to accompany you; to ensure that you are viewing full-bred Kennel Club registered puppies with supporting documentation. Unfortunately, some unscrupulous breeders may attempt to sell you a crossbred, Pit Bull type dog. Only purchase a KC registered puppy or dog from a responsible breeder, whose details can be obtained from the Kennel Club.

Dogs should stand at 14-16 and weigh 24-38lbs and cost in the region of 500 – 1000. Alternatively, prospective owners may wish to consider obtaining a dog from Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue.

It is recommended that potential owners contact the various nationwide Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breed Clubs and welfare organisations for further information on the breed’s management prior to the purchase of this breed and these details are available from the Kennel Club, telephone 0870 6066750.

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