American Staffordshire Terrier / Keeshond Mix

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The basics:
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 pairing between an American Staffordshire Terrier and a Keeshond isn't all that common, but you may occasionally encounter this mix in a rescue. Expect a challenge.

Appearance / health:
While all mixed-breed dogs can vary in appearance, you can expect a good-sized, muscular animal. What coat you get is anybody's guess.

Behavior / temperament:
While it's impossible to predict the exact traits inherited by a mixed-breed dog, the AmStaff / Keeshond  mix is the offspring of two parent breeds who can be socialized and trained to become loyal watchdogs. You need to be a consistent alpha who knows how to socialize strong-minded dogs.