Originally Posted by lefty I think they're both a nightmare when it comes to health. That's going to be true os any brachycephalic dog. I like the looks of the Frenchie much more and it seems a stouter dog.
Cost of Frenchies is still pretty high - $2.5K here in the city.What happened to the idea of a Staffy? Or for that matter an older pit? lefty
A friend of my wife got a Boston puppy from a pet store. Rather to my surprise and relief, there have been no health or temperament problems so far. Sometimes I think pet store pups get too much of a bad rap. Some neighbors of mine got a soft-coated wheaten from a pet store, and it has been a very satisfactory dog. About a year ago, they decided to get a second dog, mostly for their daughter. They got a cute little Bichon+something from a rescue agency. It was 11 weeks old. That little dog proved to be just a holy terror--biting family members, dominance marking and whatnot. He made life miserable for the poor Wheaten. Finally, they took him back to the rescue agency after about 10 months. So much for the virtues of mixed breeds. Interestingly, my Cyrus, who normally either likes little dogs and puppies or at worst treats them with lordly disdain, just hated that puppy from the get-go. I suppose it's fanciful to suggest that he sensed an evil energy in that pup, but I can't explain it otherwise.
I think a Staff Bull might be a bit high-energy for me when I am crowding 80. Likewise, a pit, even an older one, might be too much dog, especially for wife (who absolutely refuses to handle Cyrus, even though she is extremely strong, fit and vigorous for a woman of her years). Little pits, I am told by a knowledgeable informant, tend to be "hell on wheels" (to use his term), probably more high-energy than a Staffy. However, if Cyrus has a good long life, he may well outlive me and be passed on to my stepson, who has promised to care for him in such a contingency.
As I think I remarked in this thread a few years ago when I was considering a Staffy, I wasn't too impressed by most of those I saw. The breeders seem bent on taking them down the same sorry path as the English bulldog, with huge heads, squatty bodies and bowed legs. They looked unnatural and unathletic.