Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Training: Previous owner, Attended conferences / shows, Books
Texas, United States
Posted July 22, 2012
Jasmine is a great example of what an awesome member of the family an APBT/Amstaff can be! While these dogs have a stigma associated towards them, they really are, with the right training and socialization, a cuddle bug who just wants to please. While some wariness of strangers might come up, generally the dogs will be open and friendly towards humans when properly introduced. Dog aggression is a trait that runs within the breed but again, proper socialization and training can alleviate that issue and many Amstaff's live in a multi-dog household just fine. The breed is prone to dysplasia and allergies so that is something to keep in mind when thinking about possibly vet bills in the future.
As awesome as these dogs are, they aren't for the first time dog owner. Due to the stigma of the breed, owners of any pit bull type dogs need to be careful not to set up their dog for failure. Proper training is a must. A responsible, pro-active owner is needed at all times. AmStaff's require a decent amount of time and attention, they are people pleasing pups and if they aren't getting their physical, emotional and mental needs filled, they can turn destructive and began displaying behavior that no owner wants to see in their dog. They can be stubborn, hard headed and they are very, very strong. Anyone who owns a Pit Bull type dog needs to be sure that there dog can be a breed ambassador, not another dog to add to statistics and their 'bad rap' reputation.
((Jasmine is referred to as an AmStaff in this review however, she is actually (we believe) a mix of an American Pit Bull Terrier and an Amstaff. While her build is more similar to that of an American Staffordshire, she carries the 'red nose' that is a trait of the American Pit Bull Terrier))