RSPCA and Crufts shine light on ‘misunderstood’ breed

The RSPCA and Crufts shine a light on one of the most ‘misunderstood’ breeds of dog, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

As Crufts shines a light on the breed at this year’s event, the RSPCA has revealed that the number of Staffies arriving at its centres has fallen by 34% over the five years (2014 -2018).

While Staffies and Staffie crosses remain the most common breed of dog under the charity’s care, the overall figure is falling year on year – while other fashionable breeds are appearing more regularly in RSPCA kennels across England & Wales.

As well as being known as the breed most likely to end up in rescue, they’re also less desirable that other breeds, according to the RSPCA – taking longer than the average 38 days in kennels to find homes. On average, Staffies spent at least 47 days waiting for adoption.

However, the tide may be turning for Staffies, as the breed was named the country’s favourite dog as voted by the public in ITV’s “Britain’s Top 100 Dogs Live’.

Nine-year old Link is looking for a forever home.

And now, Crufts – run by The Kennel Club– is also doing its bit to dispel misconceptions and rumours surrounding the breed.

RSPCA dog welfare expert, Lisa Hens, said: “Unfortunately, Staffies have suffered a great deal from overbreeding and bad press. They’re definitely Britain’s most misunderstood breed.

It’s heart-breaking to see so many ending up in our care due to cruelty and irresponsible ownership. Sadly, as Crufts highlighted, they’re often taken on as ‘status dogs’ and can be found at the centre of anti-social dog behaviour due to the way in which they’ve been reared and trained, and the behaviour and attitude of their owners.

“However, given the right home and care, Staffies can make absolutely wonderful family pets. And many of the Staffies in our care are affectionate, playful, fun-loving dogs who would thrive in family homes.”

The RSPCA highlight some Staffies who are waiting patiently in RSPCA centres for their forever homes.

Lola is a two-year old Satffie who is said to be full of beans. She’s a friendly pooch who loves spending time with people but is sadly being overlooked by potential adopters. Lola is looking for an adult-only home with an owner who will take her for lots of long walks. She’s at the RSPCA Chesterfield Animal Centre in Derbyshire – 01246 27335.

Link is a nine-year old Staffie cross who is an intelligent and active pooch and also a little sensitive. Staff advise that he is frightened of loud noises and is looking for new owners who can continue his training to build his confidence. He loves a fuss and attention and could live with children. He is at RSPCA Woodchurch Animal Centre in Kent and you can visit his online profile for more information.

Rocky and Ruby are a golden oldie pair of Staffies who are looking for a new home together. Rocky 14 and Ruby 11 are being looked after by staff at RSPCA Bath Cats and Dogs Home. They love fuss and attention, love snoozing on the sofa and can be left alone for short periods. For more information you can visit their online profile.

Lisa added: “We would urge anyone looking for a dog to do their research first – especially as the reputation of a particular breed or type is often underserved. Just like people, all dogs are individuals, and any prospective owner should find out if they are a good match for that particular animal to see if they can offer them a loving home.”

To find out more about the Staffies in RSPCA care you can visit www.rspca.org.uk/findapet.