Staffie Awareness Week challenges prejudices

Tuesday, 2nd October 2012

Staffie Awareness Week was launched yesterday (October 1st 2012) by the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), in order to challenge negative attitudes towards Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

Running from October 1st to 7th, the event highlights the problems many staffies face with rehoming due to the perception of the breed as dangerous and untrustworthy.

According to the SPCA it takes more than double the amount of time to rehouse the dogs compared to other breeds, with the terriers spending on average 54 days in care.

New research backing up Staffie Awareness Week found 75 per cent of Scots were unlikely to consider adopting a Staffordshire Bull Terrier or staffie cross, with 12 per cent undecided.

“This is sadly a reflection of what we often hear when people visit our rescue centres and say they are looking for a dog but it can’t be a staffie," revealed Scottish SPCA Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn.

“Yet the Staffordshire bull terrier is inherently no more aggressive than any other breed of dog. In fact, staffies tend to be gentle, affectionate and loyal and it’s a tragedy so many of these fantastic dogs are in kennels and usually have to wait longer than other breeds to find new homes," he expanded.