Staffordshire Bull Terrier Ranks as Britain’s Most Favorite Dog Breed
Staffordshire Bull Terriers have been elected as Britain’s most favorite dog breed in ITV’s Britain’s Favourite Dogs show, held on the night of 29 January. In two and a half hour of countdown, the competition collected over 10,000 polls from dog lovers and chose the top 100 most-liked dog breeds among the 217 recognized breeds. Staffies, to much surprise, gained the top 1 position as the country’s most favorite dog breed.
In this contest, popular breeds, including the Labrador, last year’s champion breed, and the Cockapoo, a mix of a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle, and German Shepherd, maintained their popularity as the top 10. However, it was pretty surprising and confusing for some dog lovers to see Staffies win the top spot. People tend to see Staffies as “aggressive” and “dangerous”.
“Staffies are dangerous dogs. Who is even questioning this? Potentially dangerous to people and certainly to other animals, cats and dogs included.” One Twitter user questioned.
This kind of stereotype on Staffies has been pretty commonly accepted, which is mainly due to serveral pieces of bad news on aggressive Staffies. Yet, if we get a chance to own a Staffie, we will probably hold a different view on it.
“Staffies often get a bad rep mainly down to owners. Top 100 dogs will hopefully go a long way to dispel the myth that they’re an aggressive breed. Lola loves all people but people often back off when they see her, don’t brandish all staffies with the same brush,” the champion Staffie owner Brad Clough spoke up for his beloved canine friend.
Cultivation and education matter for dogs. It is really unfair to blame the fault of humans on doggies, isn’t it? Anyway, congratulations on Staffies!