Dogs Available

All of the Staffordshire Bull Terriers shown below are, or will be, available for adoption. 

CHARLIE

CHARLIE is approximately just 4 years of age. He came into our care from Craigavon Dog Pound after being picked up as a stray. He was very shy and nervous to begin with but his confidence grew day by day with patience, love and understanding.

CHARLIE was looking for a home where his new family would continue to reassure him and help him gain even more confidence. We knew that CHARLIE was a very special dog with a great deal to offer with the right encouragement and home environment. CHARLIE was re-homed a short time afterwards but unfortunately came back to us after almost two years in his home through absolutely no fault of his own - family circumstances meant that he could no longer stay.

On his return it was neccessary to take CHARLIE back to basics with his training. He has spent a lot of time with our behaviourist Gary Holloway and has made really good progress. His recall, when undistracted, is very good. He now sits on command and is very gentle with his mouth.

CHARLIE is super dog friendly. More than anything else he loves to be in the company of other canines, so much so that he can be a little subdued when he doesn't have a friend to play with. However, CHARLIE can be a little over-exuberant in his play. We would love CHARLIE to be re-homed with another dog but ideally his ideal canine companion would be quite a robust dog (perhaps another SBT or Labrador build dog) that would be able to tell CHARLIE when enough is enough. He responds very well to assertiveness in other canines and without this he would be quite overwhelming to another dog. CHARLIE is of slight build but has the strength of an ox.

CHARLIE is also very child friendly but is looking for a home where the children are aged 10 years and above due to the fact that he can be quite clumsy. He is very intuitive and sensitive when it comes to children but could quite easily run into an adult and take them off their feet.

CHARLIE travels well in the car, sleeps well at night, is house trained and walks reasonably well on the lead. Lead training is something his new family will need to continue with but it is by no means a major issue.

CHARLIE would be the ideal second dog for a family where there is little or no commotion going on in the house. In a calm environment CHARLIE is calm, in a manic environment CHARLIE is manic.

CHARLIE can be left during the day for reasonable amounts of time and is non-destructive.

CHARLIE is a very loving dog and just as much as he loves canine company, he loves having his own quality time with people. Cuddling up close on the sofa having his ears tickled is also one of his favourite pastimes.

If you wish to find out more about CHARLIE, please call us on 07563 368 589 or 07599 240 652.

MESSI

5 year old MESSI has been in the long-term care of NISBTR since 2014. However, it is now time to find him a family to call his own.

MESSI came to us as a young pup who had been born with an underdeveloped windpipe (hypoplastic trachea). It is a condition that needs to be managed carefully and can cause him to struggle to breath on occasions, especially in warm weather. Due to this, MESSI's exercise regime needs to be restricted. It is something that he has coped well with over the years and two or three short walks a day is all he needs to keep him happy.

MESSI's hypoplastic trachea also means that his food has to be given to him in a very watery consistency and that he is never allowed to eat anything other than that (apart from some broken up chocolate buttons at bedtime) as he could quite easily choke with very serious conseqences.

Despite his ailment, MESSI is a very happy-go-lucky dog with a wonderful personality. He loves to play non-energetic games and is the most affectionate little Staffie with lots of love to give.

MESSI is looking for a home with no other pets. Even though he has lived for the past four years with two other dogs we feel that it is time for him to be the centre of attention.

MESSI is wonderful around babies and children of all ages but because of concerns that he may pick up food that may have been dropped on the floor by a small child he can only be re-homed with older children in a household. He is fully house-trained, travels well in the car for short distances, walks well on the lead (albeit very excitedly) and can be left for reasonable amounts of time. He is non-destructive and sleeps well at night.

MESSI is the kind of dog that everyone loves as soon as they meet him. He makes them smile with his funny little ways and his sticky-out tongue. He is looking for a family that would love to have a very special little dog to treasure and take care of, and that can make sure that his condition is continued to be managed as well as it has been.

If you wish to find out more about MESSI, please call us on 07563 368 589 or 07599 240 652.

BELLA

BELLA is 11 months old. She is a delightful, intelligent and adventurous little Staffordshire Bull Terrier who was surrendered into our care. She has been with us for a while to enable us to address some of the issues that she has.

Due to her previous circumstances of being left alone for very long periods, BELLA has unfortunately developed some unwanted behaviour in the form of mouthing, which is simply her way of gaining attention. However, the problem has been quite intense and although she has shown considerable signs of improvement since she came into our care it may take some time to un-train the habit. For this reason, sadly, BELLA is not suitable to be re-homed with children.

BELLA is dog friendly but is very over-exuberant when she plays and needs to be introduced to other canines slowly. She is still very much a pup and has not learned how to behave properly around other dogs. Even though BELLA is happy to be in the company of other dogs she is looking for a home where she is the only pet at this stage in her life. It may be that once she has conquered her basic training and acquired some manners around other dogs that a second dog could be added to the family at a later date.

Again, due to being left for long periods on her own, unfortunately BELLA can be very destructive. She is being taught that there is an alternative to chewing items such as her bed, shoes, furniture etc but her new family will need to be very patient and tolerant with her. Her destructiveness is another reason why we feel that she needs a family without the distractions of children and other pets.

BELLA clearly needs one-on-one attention. She will require a home where a lot of time dedicated to her re-training will be given. Her new family must be able to provide company for her all day during the first few months of training at least.

BELLA is a high energy dog and will require at least one, preferably two, hours of vigourous exercise every day. She loves to be outdoors to explore the world and is therefore looking for a family that has a similar interest.

Although she didn't at first, BELLA now travels well in the car. She sleeps well at night and is fully housetrained.

This lovable little dog would thrive in an adult only household and preferably one with experience of owning a Stafford.

If you wish to find out more about BELLA , please call us on 07563 368 589 or 07599 240 652.