Gladstone American Staffordshire Terrier Breeder Kelly Bannan with her children from left Gerrad 12, Kendall 2, Joseph 9 and two dogs Effie and Trixi.
Gladstone American Staffordshire Terrier Breeder Kelly Bannan with her children from left Gerrad 12, Kendall 2, Joseph 9 and two dogs Effie and Trixi. Jen Tybell

Staffys clear their name

KELLY Bannan stands by the motto “it all comes down to the owner” when it comes to reports of aggressive dogs.

A registered breeder of American staffordshire terriers (Amstaffs) for the past six years, the Gladstone resident thinks it is fantastic the Queensland Government has finally amended legislation to give owners of these pets peace of mind.

An amendment to the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs Act) 2008 made last Wednesday now clarifies that Amstaffs are not “restricted dogs”.

The decision follows a Supreme Court case in April this year, Chivers versus Gold Coast City Council, which ruled the Amstaff involved was the same as a restricted pit bull.

However, Ms Bannan said her theory on American pit bull terriers is that they were banned years ago, suggesting what people now class as a pit bull is in fact a mixture of breeds.

Concerned that Amstaffs have unnecessarily been given a bad reputation over the years due to their close bloodlines with American pit bull terriers, Ms Bannan said they were a loyal family dog.

Owning four-and-a-half year-old Amstaff Effie and her nine-month old pup Trixi, Ms Bannan said she has never had any problems with her dogs being aggressive.

“I think they are so misunderstood,” Ms Bannan said.

“I have got three young kids myself and have absolutely no problems with the dogs being around them.

“People who own these dogs need to get out into the public light and show the community just how brilliant they are. They are very stable as long as they are bred correctly and socialised well. It also comes down to responsible pet ownership.”

AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE FACTS

  • The American staffordshire bull terrier (Amstaff) and the American pit bull terrier are closely related breeds, sharing a common ancestry.
  • The breed is a member of the Terrier and Molosser groups.
  • Amstaffs are considered less non-dog aggressive than the pit bull.
  • They are a large dog that ranges from 40 to 48 centimetres at the withers and generally weigh from 25 to 30 kilograms.
  • The breed is muscular and strong and gives the impression of great strength and agility for its size.
  • Amstaffs have a short and glossy coat.
  • They have a broad skull, pronounced cheek muscles and strong jaw with its ears either half prick, rose or cropped.
  • They have a pleasant temperament and are friendly towards humans.
  • They are not necessarily considered good guard dogs.


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