The American Staffordshire Terrier American Bulldog Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the Bulldog and the American Staffordshire Terrier. Is it more like the Bulldog or the American Staffordshire Terrier? Note that this is sometimes referred to as an Amstaff American Bulldog mix. Please check out the links to the videos we have included as this is a unique breed. This might be a very strong and powerful breed that might be best for first time dog owners. Those are the questions we will try and answer below. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful Bulldog Mix.
While we really recommend that you acquire all animals through a rescue, we understand that some people might go through a breeder to get their American Staffordshire Terrier American Bulldog Mix puppy. That is, if they have any American Staffordshire Terrier American Bulldog Mix puppies for sale.
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All hybrid or designer dogs are tough to get a good read on as there isn’t much history to them. Breeding specific dogs like this has become common in the last twenty years or so even though I am sure that this mixed breed found it’s share of dogs to the shelter due to accidental breeding. We will take a closer look at the history of both parent breeds below. If you are looking at breeders for new, designer dogs please beware of Puppy Mills. These are places that mass produce puppies, specifically for profit and don’t care at all about the dogs. Please sign our petition to stop puppy mills.
American Bulldog History:
The original intent of the bulldog was that they were bred to help butchers control livestock. It is a very old breed and by the 15th century, in addition to catching and herding horses, cattle, and boars in legitimate farming use. The very cruel and barbaric “sport” of bull-baiting was created. The intent of this was where dogs would latch onto a tethered bull’s nose and not let go until the dog had pulled the bull to the ground or the bull had killed the dog. If you can believe it, this lasted for a few centuries until this activity was banned in 1835. Being that this is such a violent activity, they were bred for aggression. After this ban, the more aggressive tendencies were not necessary and one might wonder why they would even stay a breed. Well, they are very faithful and loyal companions and are the official mascot for nearly 50 schools and five times as many secondary schools. They are also the unofficial mascot for the U.S. Marine Corps. They probably aren’t going anywhere.
American Staffordshire Terrier History:
The American Staffordshire Terrier, which is also known as the Amstaff, is a medium-sized, short-coated American dog breed. It is a bully type breed. Even though its name has Staffordshire in it, it was originally bred in the nineteenth century in Birmingham, and not in Staffordshire. It is a Pit Bull, Bully type breed that had a name change.
Height: 12 - 16 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 40-55 lb.
Lifespan: 8-10 years
American Staffordshire Terrier
Height: 17 - 19 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 62 - 88 lb.
Lifespan: 10 - 15 years
Like all hybrids, you have to look to the parents to get a good read on how they will likely behave. Yes, all of these dogs can have bad reputations - and rightfully so - but with the right owners and care and socialization given they can be great companions. If the mix happens to be something more docile you might luck out and be better off. With training it will be an obedient dog who is loyal and makes a very good guard dog. They are not going to be too warm to strangers and will act to protect you. They are an alpha with a strong personality and needs a strong owner with experience who can set themselves as pack leader. They should get along well with other animals if exposed and socialized properly as well. They are somewhat capable of independence, or alone time when the house is noisy or full. She responds well to positive reinforcement, like all dogs. She should be rather affectionate and enjoy spending lots of time with you. Don’t plan on leaving her alone for long periods as he won’t do well alone. She wants to be with the “pack.”
All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.
The mixed with the Bulldog might be prone to cardiac and respiratory disease, hip dysplasia, cherry eye, and other concerns. Highly prone to heat problems.
Note that these are just common problems in both breeds.
What are the grooming requirements?
The American Bulldog and the American Staffordshire Terrier are both pretty moderate shedders. Get ready to invest in a good vacuum.They will need routine grooming and baths as needed, depending on how they feel.
What are the exercise requirements?
This is a moderate energy dog that will need that from an owner. Plan on exercising them daily to keep their energy level down. Don’t push them too hard as neither of these dogs can really handle a lot of exercise. A tired dog is a good dog. Never tie your dog up outside - that is inhumane and not fair to him.
What are the training requirements?
It will need a strong, firm handler that is consistent and won’t let this dog take advantage of them. All dogs respond best to positive reinforcement. So make sure to praise her when she does well. She is an intelligent dog who loves to please, and loves a physical challenge. The more exercise she gets the easier she will be to train. Proper socialization is imperative to all dogs and puppies. Make sure to take her to the park and doggy day care to get her around as many people and dogs as possible.
A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight. A mix like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible.
Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.
A good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background.
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