Are Staffordshire Bull Terrier Staffies aggressive

Aggressiveness in dogs is not innate

Fighting dog Chico from Hanover bit his two owners dead in April 2018. A few days later, a baby in Hesse was bitten to death by the family dog. In both cases the dog was a Staffordshire Terrier mix - the breed is said to be particularly aggressive. They and some others, such as the pit bull, are known as attack dogs.

Cultivars for fighting

The history of these dog breeds began 300 years ago with gruesome fighting. For this purpose, bulldogs were crossed with terriers and then sent into the arena, writes veterenary Andrea Steinfeldt. In the working class, the muscular animals became a status symbol. Their owners trained them and taught them not to let go after grabbing them, so that the animals were also used specifically as weapons.

Racelists are supposed to pose a risk

Even today the animals are considered dangerous, which is why there are strict rules in Germany. But the keeping of fighting dogs is regulated very differently in Germany. Sometimes there are breed lists that show dogs with a potential risk. People who want to keep such a dog have to meet different requirements and requirements.

However, since February 2018, the federal states of Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia have not used such rattle lists.

Some breeds are not allowed in Germany

Certain dog breeds may even not be imported into Germany or sold here without registration. This is regulated by the Dog Movement and Dog Import Restriction Act. Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier as well as their crossings with each other are therefore taboo.