They are beloved pets owned by many dog lovers on Teesside.
So a suggestion that Staffordshire Bull Terriers should be a banned breed has got plenty of people hot under the collar.
The debate was sparked after The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has asked for Staffies to be added to the Dangerous Dogs Act .
The animal rights group argued that the dogs are often abused and abandoned and that the best way to stop the abuse is to stop people breeding the animals.
However a petition opposing any ban has attracted more than 170,000 signatures, including over 1,000 signatures from Teesside.
The issue was debated in Parliament on Monday.
Our story provoked a huge number of comments.
Hereâ€™s a selection.
Many posters spoke about their own experiences of the dog breed.
â€˘ One poster labelled the dog breed as a â€śnanny dogâ€ť, saying: â€śI have a Staffie and she is a wonderful dog.
â€śThey are known as the nanny dog, they love people and children.
â€śUnfortunately they donâ€™t like other dogs. People need to read and educate themselves about this breed before jumping to conclusions.â€ť
Another wrote: â€śDo not agree at all with this. My mamâ€™s staffy now passed was the softest most loving dog Iâ€™ve ever known, he was afraid of his own shadow!â€ť
One man said: â€śI have a rescue staffy and we couldnâ€™t of picked a better family dog for our 3 daughters.â€ť
A person said it was down to people seeing them as â€śstatus symbols rather than part of their families.â€ť
They added: â€śAny dog can be dangerous if not treated right.â€ť
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This view was also echoed another woman who said: â€śAny dog can be vicious if not treat well. What a stupid idea to single out staffies.
â€śIf our attitude towards humans was the same as animals weâ€™d have a lot less violence on the streets and in the home. But because dogs donâ€™t have a voice we label and label and label….â€ť
One poster said: â€śFor me any dog has the capability of doing harm so all should be muzzled on walks and the extending leads should be banned as the owner is never in full control of the animal if this happened theyâ€™d be no need to ban any dog but whilst this isnâ€™t the case thereâ€™s no denying when a staffy attacks itâ€™s one of the most dangerous and difficult to control breeds there is and it doesnâ€™t matter how good you treat them or train them they still have the capability to cause serious harm.â€ť
Another man who did not agree with banning the breed said: â€śmuzzle them when theyâ€™re out walking.â€ť
Others highlighted ownership, with one woman saying: â€śThere is no such thing as a bad breed of dog only bad owners.â€ť
One woman said adding the breed to a dangerous dogs list would â€śonly increase the animosity towards them.â€ť
She added: â€śI donâ€™t believe that adding them to a list which classes them as a â€śdangerousâ€ť breed is really about doing anything in their favour. In fact it might make it more likely for people who breed them for fighting to continue to do so.â€ť
A poll by Teesside Live found the majority of readers thought Staffordshire Bull Terriers should not be banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act, with around 70% against the idea.
The Government said it currently has no plans to add Staffies to the Dangerous Dogs Act – and the consultation had been carried out by a Parliamentary Select Committee who would sent their report to the Government.