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Video for 'misunderstood' breed

Monday January 17th 2011

An animal welfare charity has launched a viral video aimed at helping the Staffordshire Bull Terrier shed its associations with anti-social behaviour and gang violence.

Anyone eager to find out more about the "misunderstood" breed can view and download a Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) film about the "loving" role "Staffies" can play in family life.

The film has been produced as part of an RSPCA campaign to persuade people to consider providing a home to a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

The charity said up to 80% of dogs in many of its centres are Staffordshire Bull Terriers or Staffy cross breeds - a number which continues to rise.

Anyone who does provide a home for a Staffordshire Bull Terrier should take out Pet Insurance, which would help pay for any vet treatment.

RSPCA inspector Tony Woodley said: "Staffies have been adored family pets in Britain for well over a century but we've certainly seen a change in the way that the breed has been treated in recent years.

"From the numbers we take into our dog centres, it's clear that increasing numbers of Staffies have been poorly trained and badly treated, and then abandoned when their owners find them too hard to manage.

"This video demonstrates how rewarding owning a Staffy can be.

"If you, or anyone you know, are thinking about rehoming or buying a dog, please share the video link and help us give new homes to thousands of Staffies who deserve our love and affection."

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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