Don't pit bully me!

After a number of dangerous dog attacks around Australia, a stir has been created between members of the public and dog owners. Unfortunately some of our clients who own Staffordshire Bull Terriers (or fondly referred to as Staffies) have been encountering problems with members of the public accusing them of owning dangerous dogs. This is most likely a result of lack of awareness of the two breeds and has unfortunately been heightened by the presence of news footage showing images of Staffordshire Bull Terriers rather than Pit Bull Terriers.

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Staffordshire Bull Terriers are a different breed from Pit Bull Terriers and are not a restricted breed. We have included some images and a link below which details the unique characteristics of a Pit Bull Terrier. Whilst these pictures below can be used as a guide for helping to distinguish between the two breeds we must be careful not to jump to conclusions about someone's pet. There is also a distinction between a restricted breed dog and a dangerous dog. A dangerous dog is one which has attacked or threatened to attack a person or animal in the past. These dogs must be leashed and muzzled in public too but must also wear a distinctive red and yellow striped collar.

We recommend visiting your local council website for more information on dog regulations in your area.

 

 

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