TOOWOOMBA'S most popular dog breed is also considered one of the most vicious.
Council figures reveal more people in Toowoomba own Staffordshire bull terriers than any other breed.
Of the region's 21,596 registered dogs, 1119 are staffies, 1029 are labradors and 1020 maltese terrier crosses.
In recent years, staffies have been responsible for more attacks on people in Queensland and New South Wales than any other breed, according to state government reports.
It has led to the breed being ranked prominently on “most dangerous” or “most vicious” lists.
Toowoomba's Sylvia Long of Onfire Staffords has been breeding and showing the dogs for 15 years.
Mrs Long said Staffordshire bull terriers were often mistaken to be dangerous or vicious and were wrongly associated with the pit-bull breed.
She said a vicious staffy was often not a purebred and was likely to have been subjected to a poor upbringing.
“You bring any dog up wrong and you're going to have problems.”
Mrs Long said she was not surprised the staffy was a popular breed with Toowoomba families and dog owners.
“They're absolutely wonderful with children; a really fantastic family pet,” she said.
“They are low maintenance, nurturing, smart, loyal, eager to please and they're tough little vegemites.”
Council's figures also reveal there are 6592 cats registered across the Toowoomba region, with the domestic short hair (4071 registered) the most popular breed.
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