We're just suckers for staffy charm

STAFFORDSHIRE bull terriers might have a tough reputation, but they have melted the hearts of hundreds of Fraser Coast families.

The breed is the most popular type of dog on the Fraser Coast, making up more than 10% of all dogs in the region.

According to the Fraser Coast Regional Council, there are 18,362 dogs registered in Maryborough, Hervey Bay and surrounds, and 1848 of those are staffies.

The next most commonly owned canine is a maltese terrier, with border collies third.

Despite soaring popularity and endorsements from celebrities like Paris Hilton, the tiny chihuahua only made it to number seven on the top 10 list.

Tinana dog-lover Natalie Richardson said while she had a soft spot for staffies, it was hard to pick a four-legged favourite.

“Staffies tend to have a really bright, happy personality, which is lovely, but it's important that they are socialised.

“I like poodles, I like rotties (rottweilers) a lot too, but I can't choose.”

Miss Richardson is also on friendly terms with some of the other dogs on the list – in her family's menagerie there is a cattle dog, a maltese-cross and a poodle.

Smart Paws Dog Training's Carmel Hodgins said no matter the breed, it was vital for dogs to be trained and socialised in their first four months of life.

“All dogs are beautiful, and there's no such thing as a stupid dog. They just need to be trained.”

Ms Hodgins also admitted to a fondness for staffies.

“It's a real misconception that they're more aggressive than other dogs – any dog that is not socialised will be aggressive.

“Staffies are very intelligent and full of energy.”

Our furry friends

Breed Number of animals

  • Staffy1848
  • Maltese1670
  • Bordor collie1104
  • Labrador1034
  • Cattle1011
  • Jack Russell 909
  • Chihuahua645
  • Kelpie636
  • Fox terrier607
  • Shih tzu600

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