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Public urged to love Staffies

Thursday November 24th 2011

Members of the public are being urged to see the softer side of Staffordshire bull terriers in a campaign being launched today.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home are calling on the nation to give the breed a chance after new research by YouGov revealed only 10% of adults recognise its qualities as a family pet.

The animal charity's own intake database showed that since 1996 there has been a 326% rise in the number of Staffordshire bull terriers needing their help.

The YouGov survey also revealed that 18-to-24-year-olds are more likely to describe the breed as guard dogs or illegal dogs than family pets.

Battersea said it is concerned with the misunderstanding that surrounds Staffordshire bull terriers, fondly named 'Staffies', and that its reputation has been damaged by backstreet breeding and status dog associations.

Chief executive Claire Horton added: "Staffies have been dealt a cruel hand these days, to the extent that more people consider the dog to be a fighting dog than a family dog.

"It's time we gave the breed a chance and got to know Staffies for the lovely, friendly dog they really are."

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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