I met a cute Staffordshire Bull Terrier earlier and she gave me a big kiss on the cheek.
That's not what's bothering me, obviously, but when I went to my mum's after, we told her neighbour about it but she said Staffies are "horrible and ugly". I didn't know if she was just messing around because the breed is still so misunderstood and people take the mick a bit, but she was being genuine. She's had one bad experience with a Bull breed (and it wasn't even an attack), and my mum's neighbour hates the breed now.
I told her that I've never really been a fan of tiny dogs (she has a Chihuahua) because a lot of them are mentally unstable due to how they're raised, making them very snappy and highly-strung. It's not their fault and I don't hate small breeds, I'm just not a fan of them. It was funny because she said her dog has "never gone for anyone". Funny, because I clipped his claws a few months ago and the entire time he was gnawing at my hands, and she told me he had a thing about biting faces so said not to put him too close to my face...
I've known loads of Staffies, and only two have shown "aggression" (FEAR!) towards me. One of my ex's growled at me slightly when I walked into the house once, and she was still a puppy and wasn't familiar with me yet. The other was a tiny puppy who was out on her first trip into town so being approached by a stranger would have worried her a bit, and she cowered between her owner's legs and growled at me when I said hello.
The way Staffies are seen by some people reminds me of myself and others with mental health issues. A lot of people are quick to judge others on their words and actions, and they don't care for explanations, they don't want to analyse a situation and understand what was going on, and it's often even worse for us who have mental health issues. These types of people only see the outside, they see a breed, or they see a colour or gender or sexuality and it's all labels they're seeing, they're not seeing the person, or the dog. They don't want to understand, they just want to hate.