A DOG-LOVING family has defended a breed which some members of the public have branded as dangerous.
They claim it is not the dogs, but the owners and lack of training which are to blame when a dog becomes aggressive.
Matt and Donna Oldfield, owners of Staffordshire Bull Terrier Tyson, have welcomed Government proposals announced yesterday to tackle dangerous dogs and promote responsible dog ownership.
Ministers announced plans for compulsory microchipping of puppies by breeders. But they stopped short of introducing a law which would have meant that potentially dangerous dogs would have to be permanently kept on a lead or muzzled in public.
Matt, 33, a service engineer, of Ing Lane, Newsome, said: “Owning a Staffie has been one of the most rewarding experiences of our lives.
“In my eyes, the reason this beloved breed gets so much bad press is because some people who own Staffies neglect them, fail to train them and basically fail to love them.
“The breed’s behaviour with toddlers was held in such high esteem that it earned them the nickname ‘the nanny dog.’
“Tyson is so laid back and he loves to be touched. The postman comes and strokes him and kids stop on their way home from school to stroke him in the garden.