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Staffies are often 'misunderstood'

Tuesday November 20th 2012

An animal home from Scotland has joined forces with Battersea Dogs and Cats Home to try and change the perception of Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

The canine breed is commonly tarred with the reputation of being aggressive, and Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home (EDCH) wants to dispose of this negative stereotype through its campaign 'Staffies. They're Softer Than You Think'.

A total of 231 Staffies and Staffie crosses were taken in at the centre last year, with the number more than doubling in the past decade.

The Edinburgh home is currently caring for 50 of the dogs, which make up 30% of all of the animals there, and staff are hopeful people will see the gentle nature of the "misunderstood and increasingly shunned" breed.

"It's time we gave our Staffies a chance and got to know them for the lovely, friendly dogs they really are," said David Ewing, manager at the centre.

Staffies were once known as "nanny dogs" because of their gentle nature and affinity with children, according to EDCH.

Copyright Press Association 2012

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