Species group: Mixed Breeds
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes.
The first generation American Staffordshire Terrier / Beagle Mix is a cross between a pure AmStaff and a pure Beagle, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. This isn't a common mix, but you may occasionally encounter it in a rescue.
Appearance / health:
It's impossible to predict the exact traits inherited by a mixed-breed dog, but many American Staffordshire Terrier / Beagle Mix do clearly look like a pit bull breed with Beagle markings. You will need to check your local laws and insurance coverage to be sure you are allowed to own AmStaff mixes in your area.
Behavior / temperament:
While it's impossible to predict the exact personality of any mixed-breed dog, the combination of a hound and a AmStaff is likely to produce a devoted pet, as long as the animal is socialized from an early age. However, you will need to be prepared for all of the challenges from both the terrier and the hound sides of the family. A good nose and a strong desire to chase, combined with a AmStaff's strength and tenacity, could create a problem if there are other small pets in the home.