Staffies have long been regarded as a dangerous breed. Thought to be bred as fighting dogs, these pups have a reputation for aggression but research has been carried out to show that there is very limited evidence to support the claims.
Great news for Staffy lovers everywhere!
An important study
The research was part of the Royal Veterinary College's (RVC) VetCompass program, which analysed a total of 1,304 Staffordshire Bull Terriers compared to 21,029 other breeds. The study compiled a list of the 36 most common disorders, including dental disease, ear infections, obesity and aggression.
Camilla Pegram, epidemiologist responsible for the study, concluded the following:
"Although these dogs are often perceived as aggressive, this study did not reveal significant differences in the risk of aggression between them compared to other breeds.”
We always knew these friendly dogs couldn’t possibly be as dangerous as people had been led to believe.
But, the study wasn’t just looking at aggression, it also looked into health concerns and found Staffies were more likely to have convulsions than other breeds but less likely to have dental disease, heart murmurs and patella dislocations.
The main takeaway for Staffordshire Bull Terrier lovers is that the breed might just be as gentle as their owners have always suggested.
We were never in any doubt!