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There are many things to consider before bringing a puppy into your home, especially if this is your first ever experience of having your own dog.  Staffordshire Bull Terriers have not always had the best reputation as a breed due to originally being bred to fight other dogs, but what people do not always realise is that the Staffy is actually not a dangerous breed at all. They are bold and courageous dogs, but they are reliable, loving and loyal dogs that long for companionship with their owners. As with all dog breeds, you are required to provide them with lots of socialisation from a young age with strangers and other animals for them to grow into a good-natured and well-rounded adult dog. Although they need quite a bit of care and attention, they are an incredibly good choice for a first-time dog owner that is after a dog that is loyal and affectionate. When these dogs are well-bred, well-trained and well-socialised from a young age they are a real pleasure to have around due to their good-natured and people-orientated personalities. Staffies love your attention and long to show you just how much you mean to them through their loving and devoted nature. They are known to be very kind and tolerant towards children of all ages as long as they have plenty of socialisation to get used to how they are expected to behave. As with all dogs and young children, you should not leave them unattended. They can be slightly boisterous at times when playing so this is very important to be aware of if you are someone who has very young children. The Staffy is an intelligent breed and when they are well-bred and in the right hands, they can be quite easy to train. This is provided that their owners can match their intelligence and be firm as a Staffy can test the limits as to how far they can go. It is common for this breed to have a slightly stubborn element in them which means you need lots of patience to consistently train your pup – you should train your Staffy with a firm, but gentle had as, although they are a strong-willed breed, they are also pretty sensitive in nature. Their love for their human companions makes them extremely eager to please you; they benefit greatly from knowing who their leader is and their ‘place’ in the ‘pack’. They can easily develop unwanted bad habits and destructive behaviours if they are not trained properly and consistently from puppyhood. Again, socialising your dog from puppyhood will help when training as they will be much more manageable and once you have their attention, they will listen and learn.  Although the Staffy’s loving personality is a very positive quality, it does have a challenging element which may need your daily routine to adapt depending on your lifestyle. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is an incredibly people-orientated dog breed and does not tolerate being left on their own and can even suffer from separation anxiety. Their sensitivity and strong devotion to their beloved human companions can cause this, so if you are looking for a dog that can be left alone then the Staffy is not going to be the breed for you. You can train your dog to be left alone for very short periods of time as long as you start this training from a young age. A Staffy’s high intelligence means that they need to have lots of mental stimulation to prevent any destructive behaviours from developing. They are a high-energy active breed that need a minimum of one hour of energetic exercise each day. The more exercise that you are able to give your Staffy, the more relaxed they will be in the home having released their energy on a long walk. They are impressively athletic dogs with a muscular build and have actually been known to easily jump tall fences without much effort at all. Being intelligent dogs, they also need a lot of mental stimulation to prevent boredom which, as an owner, you will need to be able to provide. If you are looking for a dog that can fit into your already active lifestyle then the Staffy may be a great choice for you as long as you can train and socialise them as they need.  It’s super important to do lots of research before making your final decision when getting your puppy, so we highly recommend watching more videos and reading up about the breed. Overall, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is well suited to first-time dog owners that are willing to give the dog the care and focused training that it requires. They are incredibly loving and can make for a great family companion with a high amount of socialisation. If you are looking for an active companion that also loves to just spend time with you, then the Staffy may be a great first choice for you.

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