I agree about the mongrels make great doggos but I disagree about the Staffy bit...
They truly are exceptional with kids. Only thing I'd say is you need to buy it a lot of chews and pigs ears. I spent around 100 squids on new toys balls and chews in the first month...
I think it’s more about the owner, than it ever is about the dog, or the breed of dog.
My grandparents had Staff’s, Bull Mastiffs and Bulldogs throughout their lives, and not a one of those dogs ever ate any of my grandparents’ grandchildren.
Were nothing but soppy hooligans, that loved to play, and who knew *EXACTLY* how much pressure they could exert with their jaws, before it stopped being fun for the bite-ee…
But my grandparents knew Dog. They were fluent in it.
If you’re fluent in Dog, the breed of the dog will be immaterial to its psychological development. The dog will psychologically develop the way you want him or her to.
If you’re not fluent in Dog…
Certain breeds of dog have been purposefully bred to amplify certain psychological dispositions that were manifestly evident in the dog’s antecedents.
For approximately the last 2,000 years or so.
So some of these breeds are pretty much hard-wired for certain behavioural characteristics these days.
And that’s fine, if you fully understand the Wiring Diagram (like what you and I obviously do Barca).
But if you’re not up-to-speed, then you are likely to miss some of the signals a dog will give off, if it is contemplating Reverting-to-Type.
It’s a risk with *ANY* animal you bring into your home. Even a budgerigar.
And certain animals, and certain breeds of animals, carry a higher risk than others.
Just a question of looking at your own appetite for risk, I think.