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 / Labrador Retriever mix is a cross between the pure Amstaff and the pure Lab, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. While the theory may be that the Lab genes create a dog that's more outgoing and friendly to outsiders than the Amstaff, the laws of inheritance don't always work in predictable ways, and the result of this pairing can be anyone's guess. If you want an easy, active companion for roaming the outdoors, stick with the pure-bred Lab. If you're considering a rescue, try to get to know the dog in question before you take it home.
Appearance / health:
The appearance of a mixed breed tends to vary, but some Amstaff / Lab mixes will look enough like the Amstaff to cause problems if that breed is banned by your community or your insurer.
Behavior / temperament:
The personality of this mix is quite unpredictable and may depend a great deal on the time and skill you bring to socializing, training, and playing/working with your pet. You need to know how to establish yourself as a consistent alpha who doesn't let the dog dominate the household.
great dogs, loyal animal, awesome dog
separation anxiety, smaller animals.But, excitable dog