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.
There is no denying the fact that some irresponsible owners are misusing American Staffordshire Terriers for fighting or to guard illegal drug operations -- leading to a backlash against the breed and those who own them. As a result, many of these dogs and their mixes end up in rescues. Before you obtain an Amstaff mix, be sure that you have the right experience to train and manage a dog this powerful. You should also check your local laws, as well as calling your insurance agent. In some areas, these dogs have been banned, and many insurers will cancel your homeowner's or your liability insurance if you are found to own this breed.
Appearance / health:
All mixed-breed dogs can vary in appearance, but in general expect the Amstaff mix to develop into a powerful, muscular dog with a potentially dangerous bite.
Behavior / temperament:
It's impossible to predict the exact traits inherited by a mixed-breed dog. However, as a general rule, with a properly socialized Amstaff mix, you can expect a loyal family companion with a strong protective instinct. An improperly socialized or previously abused dog could be dangerous. Know the dog before you make the final decision to adopt.
great guard dog, excellent dog
social stigma, stubbornness, bad owners, bad reputations
Positive training works, firm training, socialization