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Should we buy a house with aggressive dog next door?

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pigsmayfly. Fri 09-Apr-21 15:06:05

My DD and SIL are close to exchange on their first home. It’s exactly what they want, where they want it and there is much excitement. Today they popped round and met their proposed new neighbours, who looked at their tiny dog and said that their aggressive staffie would kill the little dog in seconds. AIBU to suggest they put up a high fence and carry on with the move? I feel quite worried

Sara1954 Fri 09-Apr-21 15:10:10

Oh Goodness, that would put me right off I’m afraid.

Liz46 Fri 09-Apr-21 15:10:25

Sorry, but I would cancel the move.

M0nica Fri 09-Apr-21 15:11:24


foxie48 Fri 09-Apr-21 15:12:21

It would depend entirely on how it was said. I wouldn't want to live next to people with an aggressive dog, staffie or not. I think they need to weigh up what sort of neighbours they are going to have, bad ones can make your life a complete misery and I'd certainly want the present owners to declare that they have had no issues with either the dog or the neighbours.

3nanny6 Fri 09-Apr-21 15:18:12

The new neighbours sound quite off putting and what an awful thing to say about their own dog.

If they take the house it would not be unreasonable to put up a strong resilient fence as soon as possible.
I have a staffie and would never tell anyone that she would kill their little dog, mainly because she wouldn't.
I do have fences in the back garden but so does every other house along the row mainly for privacy.

Roses Fri 09-Apr-21 15:19:23

There is no way I would move next door to an aggressive staffie
Not just because of my own little dog but for my own safety

Will there be any children visiting the house?

I think they are lucky to find out about this dog before they complete on the house

Calendargirl Fri 09-Apr-21 15:20:40

The neighbours sound scary, never mind the dog!

It would certainly put me off.

JaneJudge Fri 09-Apr-21 15:21:39

They'll need to put a fence up anyway if they both have dogs? What a weird thing to say to someone you've just met though

EllanVannin Fri 09-Apr-21 15:22:08

I would have asked why the need for such a dog.

Peasblossom Fri 09-Apr-21 15:26:24

Neighbours who take pride in having a killer dog? What else will they think is acceptable behaviour?

Blondiescot Fri 09-Apr-21 15:30:31

I'd be more concerned about the neighbours, never mind the dog!

H1954 Fri 09-Apr-21 15:35:23

This may have been said in jest...........they may have looked at the small cute dog and casually mentioned that their Staffie was much bigger, feisty and stronger. We don't know the context of the conversation so I don't see the need to pull out of the house sale tbh.

Delila Fri 09-Apr-21 15:39:59

I have a little dog & I’ve had owners of large dogs say to me, jokingly, “my dog would eat yours for breakfast”, when actually there was no danger of any such thing, it was just intended as a comment on the contrast in size.

The use of the word “kill” suggests otherwise, but perhaps it was said in jest?

Delila Fri 09-Apr-21 15:42:00

H194, crossed posts - thinking along the same lines as you ?

Blossoming Fri 09-Apr-21 15:45:02

Were they warned by the sellers about any difficulties with neighbours? I think it’s supposed to be disclosed. I wouldn’t like to live next door to a vicious dog. If it was supposed to be a joke it’s a very stupid one.

polomint Fri 09-Apr-21 15:49:06

I would worry if I was doing the best thing by moving in next door to them. I would have sleepless nights. It may have been said as a joke but it's not funny. I think I would ask the neighbours if they have any concerns about the dog. On the other hand, if you moved house, who knows whether the neighbours with the Staffie would move house in a few years anyway . Do they have young children too?

BlueBelle Fri 09-Apr-21 15:51:20

Blimey I d pull out of that sale, don’t like the sound of them at all
Not a good beginning, Staffies are usually nice dogs and if it’s aggressive then they have made it aggressive so that doesn’t bode well

Chestnut Fri 09-Apr-21 15:52:16

No, no, no, if the dog is in any way aggressive. It spells danger for their dog, danger for them, and very much danger for any children visiting.

OurKid1 Fri 09-Apr-21 15:54:29

I'd say no absolutely not. Even if they didn't have a little dog, the fact that those neighbours said what they did would put me off. Why on earth would they think it's ok to say it, even if it was an exaggeration? Aren't vendors supposed to reveal any issues with neighbours these days?

AGAA4 Fri 09-Apr-21 16:02:03

An aggressive dog next door could make your life miserable. Would you be worried every time the little dog was out in the garden or just walking past their house?
The owners of the Staffie don't sound very responsible to me.

merlotgran Fri 09-Apr-21 16:04:34

I would make further enquiries PDQ. That kind of attitude often means there could soon be other issues.

Grandmabatty Fri 09-Apr-21 16:07:37

I've never popped round to meet the neighbours when I've bought a house. Is this a thing now? If they like the house then put up a strong fence. The dog won't be around forever

Jane43 Fri 09-Apr-21 16:08:47

I would also feel worried about the neighbours’ attitude after saying their Staffie would kill their little dog, they may have been joking but it’s in bad taste and I wouldn't take a chance TBH.

eazybee Fri 09-Apr-21 16:14:23

Staffies like people but hate other dogs.
The neighbours' remark would give me cause for concern.