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Friday, May 7, 2010

"Staffies" most rehoused breed say RSPCA

LONDON (AFP) – The RSPCA found new homes for more Staffordshire bull terriors than any other breed of dog last year, in part due to would-be owners who want the animals as "status dogs".

The animal charity said on Wednesday it had rehoused 507 of the 615 pure-bred and crossed "staffies" it had taken into its 13 regional centres.

The charity called for people looking for a pet not to be put off by their negative image as "status dogs" and to consider the breed.

"Some people think staffies don't make good pets," said Anna White, who runs an RSPCA animal centre in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire.

But she told the BBC: "When in the right hands, well cared for and properly trained, they can make brilliant companions."

After staffies, the second top breed to be rehoused were Jack Russells, followed by German shepherds, border collies, and then labradors

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