As with the stock shows, the intent was to showcase fine breeding stock. But over the years the emphasis has changed from providing a showcase to a major criterion for determination of “breeding quality.” The old adage “breed the best to the best” has subtly changed in meaning toward breeding the best-looking to the best-looking....As the first anniversary of his death approaches I now feel that I can share what an extraordinary dog Alf was during his lifetime.! My journey Alf began two years before his birth. I was visiting with friends at a dog show in Northern California when my friend’s daughter approaches with this small Am Staff.Most of all our senior dogs can’t be topped for being our constant companions. They have spent their lifetime learning our ways, never judging, never abandoning us. Teaching us patience and tolerance, love and joy. Burrowing their little paw prints further into our hearts, never letting go. They take us humans for what we are....Dooee loves puppies and has helped raised all the Kimbastaff litters over the years, as we are no longer breeding and Dooee heads into his twilight years he is now instrumental in the rehabilitation of many of the rescues that we take in teaching them manners and general Stafford behaviour. The years have been good...The temperament test is carried out by a Veterinary Surgeon or a PAT Dog accredited tester. The person carrying out the test will check that your dog is sociable and friendly without being overboisterous. Your dog should be calm and gentle when being groomed or stroked. The examiner will also want to see how your...The first time I watched handlers walking a Rally course, talking and giving hand signals, pretending their absent dogs were performing the exercises, I thought Boy, this is dumb. On that day, my Staffie Ace and I were entered in the obedience Open A Class. As it turned out, he never earned his CDX, (Companion...Staffords are not normally associated with Obedience or any of the other dog/owner related disciplines but there are many Staffords competing in these sports, successfully throughout the world. Whilst excepting that not every Stafford should or would be suitable to compete competitively, early socialisation is very important to teach an acceptable interaction with other dogs...
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