Are staffordshire bull terriers considered "dangerous" ? And are they the same breed as the pit bull

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Rooster Cogburn Profile
Rooster Cogburn , Rooster Cogburn, answered

No dog is dangerous unless they've been badly treated or trained to be !

These breeds are essentially the same dogs but have been bred for different purposes and/or size standards since the mid 1930's. Some are even dual registered (i.e., registered as an American Pit Bull Terrier with the UKC and as an AmericanStaffordshire Terrier with the AKC).

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PJ Stein Profile
PJ Stein answered

They are two different breeds. This link will help you understand the differences.

http://www.differencebetween.com/difference-between-pitbull-and-vs-american-staffordshire-terrier/

As for being dangerous, as with any dog it depends on how they were raised. If raised by a loving owner, all dogs are capable of being loving dogs. However if you ask your insurance company, thy may see it differently and consider it a dangerous breed. This is not a reflection of the breed, but of society.

Tinkerbell St. Basil Profile

If you look at my avatar, you will see my Staffordshire bull terrier. It is a pit bull, they are one and the same. I have 3 pitbulls and all are as lovable and cuddly as any other dog. They are the most misunderstood breed who in reality, are the most loyal and gentle creatures.  Remember, there are no bad dogs.......just bad owners! 🐶

John McCann Profile
John McCann answered

I see a lot of people here are putting out that line about " it is not the dog, it is the owner."

While there is some truth to that, just look at many of the people having bully breeds, it is not the whole story.

These breeds, pits, Staffordshire, and American bull dogs are all extremely powerful dogs with a fighting style (not all, many) that is unique among dogs. Too many bullies (terriers in general) are animal aggressive. All bullies must be kept under control at all times. No loose dogs and it is a rare pit that does well in the dog park.

I have worked with hundreds of pits, though the ones that are in shelters are, generally, the worst of the lot, or having companions not suited for such dogs. I take a firm hand with any bully knowing that in seconds a poorly handled dog can cause havoc. Some dogs bite more often than bullies but the way bullies attack and hold on can be devastating.

From a young age these dogs must be well trained, attentive to the leash, socialized with other dogs in a controlled enbvironment and not used as a weapon which too many people do.

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Angela Anthony
Angela Anthony commented
Very much agreed John. I have never owned a Terrier of any type. I have however owned a Siberian Husky, a Blue Doberman both of which were amazing dogs and a joy to own and train. I've also owned a wolf hybrid (more wolf than hybrid) not a mistake I'll ever make again....although very loyal and wonderful animals, they are very strong willed and definitely have different behaviors and mannerisms than that of a regular breed dog.
John McCann
John McCann commented
Yes, I have worked with hybrids. Too close to wolf behavior to ever relax around.

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