Why Are There So Many Staffies in Shelters in 2023?

It’s no secret that Staffordshire bull terriers (Staffies) are among the most popular breeds of dogs worldwide.

These dogs are loyal and can make great companions, but what happens when people can no longer care for their Staffies?

They often end up in animal shelters, where there are already too many Staffies waiting for a home.

So, why are there so many Staffies in shelters? Let’s take a closer look.

Why Are Staffies So Popular?

Why Are There So Many Staffies In Shelters?
Staffies are some of the most popular types of dogs and for a good reason.


Staffies are popular because they make great family pets.

They are known for being loving and affectionate, and they are also very loyal to their owners.

However, one downside of owning a Staffy is that they can be stubborn and require a lot of patience and training.

But, if you are willing to put in the time, you will be rewarded with a loyal and loving companion.


Another reason why Staffies are so popular is that they are relatively low-maintenance. They also do not require much exercise.

However, it is essential to ensure they get enough socialization, or they may become overly aggressive.

Working Dogs

Finally, Staffies are often used as working dogs due to their intelligence and trainability.

And, they excel in agility trials and obedience competitions and make excellent service dogs.

Whatever your reason for wanting a Staffordshire bull terrier, there is no doubt they make lovely pets.

Watch this video if you need more proof that Staffies are not dangerous:

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breed Profile

Staffordshire Bull Terriers are a cross between the English Bulldog and the old English White Terrier and a type of short-haired terrier that originated in England.

They were originally bred for bull-baiting, but the practice was eventually banned in 1835. After that, they were bred for dog fighting.

Staffies were brought to America in the early 1900s and became famous as working dogs and family pets.

They are an active breed that requires a lot of mental stimulation, so they can become bored and destructive if they’re not given enough exercise.

If you are considering getting a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, ensure that you are prepared to provide them with plenty of time and attention before bringing one home.

Read our related article, Why Are So Many Pit Bulls in Shelters? Pit Bulls are one of the most common breeds abandoned. Here’s why.

Why Are There So Many Staffies in Shelters?

Unfortunately, the reason that many Staffies are in shelters is due to the incapable owners.

Staffies aren’t bad dogs, but owners who look into adopting them really need to consider their personality traits.

High-Energy & Social

Staffies are very high-energy dogs which means that they’ll need to be regularly taken on walks and out to the park.

They will get stir-crazy if they’re not getting enough exercise.

They’re also pretty social dogs so they like to interact with humans and dogs.

This means that training is necessary.

Training Is Necessary

Some owners don’t expect to have to train their Staffies, but it’s key to start training them when they are puppies to get it instilled in their brains early on.

Some owners that find themselves with an untrained Staffy might regret their decision to go with that breed and quickly make the choice to reverse their decision.

Using different types of training collars can help and it will be beneficial to have a few good training materials for your Staffie.

Read More: How to Train a Rescue Dog. If you get a Staffy from a rescue then definitely check out this article!

High-Prey Drive

These dogs were bred for preying, fighting, and other types of more “aggressive” behaviors, but this doesn’t mean they can’t be the perfect family dog.

Because they’re so social, it’s essential to socialize them so their high-prey drive is somewhat lowered and they’re able to socialize safely and well with humans and other dogs.

How to Care for Your Staffie

Dogs running around and playing
Knowing how to care for your Staffy can ensure that you and your dog will have a loving and safe relationship.

If you are considering adopting a Staffie, be prepared for the challenges of caring for them.

Here are some tips on how to care for your Staffie:

1. Be Prepared for plenty of time to exercise and play

Staffies are high-energy dogs and need plenty of physical activity to stay happy and healthy.

A tired dog is a good dog, so make sure you have the time and energy to give your Staffy the exercise he needs.

2. Be prepared to do some extra training

Staffies can be stubborn, so you will need to be patient and consistent with your training regimen.

However, you can teach your Staffie good manners and obedience with patience and positive reinforcement.

3. Be prepared for some chewing

Staffies are notorious chewers, so providing plenty of chew toys and bones for your dog is essential.

If you don’t want your belongings chewed up, keep them out of reach!

4. Be prepared for some drooling

Staffies are known for drooling, so this may not be your breed if you’re not a fan of saliva!

However, there are ways to minimize drooling by using a bib or keeping a clean towel handy.

5. Be prepared to give lots of love

Staffies are loyal, loving dogs that form strong bonds with their owners.

If you are looking for a companion who will be by your side through thick and thin, a Staffy is a perfect dog!

Read our related article, Why Are There So Many Beagles in Shelters?’ to learn how to rescue these loving family dogs!


In conclusion, increasing numbers of Staffies are being surrendered to shelters because owners misunderstand the breed and their needs.

With education and understanding, we can help change this trend.

If you are considering adding a Staffy to your family, please do your research so that you can provide a loving home for one of these fantastic dogs.

And, if you know someone who is considering getting a Staffy, please share this article with them!

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Jesse Hopping, CCDT

Jesse is a natural-born dog-lover certified dog trainer (CCDT), dog foster, and former volunteer at Richmond SPCA and surrounding dog shelters for over 10 years. Her pack includes a Bernedoodle and 3 Boston Terriers. She’s sipping caramel coffee and watching her pack play in the sun when she’s not writing blogs. Jesse has her Certified Dog Trainer designation from CATCH Canine Trainers Academy since 2018 and and majored in English from the University of Virginia.

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