American Staffordshire Terrier: reviews. "Amstaff is plasticine!"
The American Staffordshire Terrier is a very intelligent, loyal dog. He constantly looks into the eyes of the owner, looking for an opportunity to please. But the staff’s love must be achieved by a benevolent, patient attitude.
In no case can it be argued that amstaffs are aggressive dogs. All manifestations of aggression are associated with improper actions of the owner. A dog is plasticine, it becomes what you make it.
Breeder's Observations: Not one of my dogs ever showed teeth, never once barked at a person. I select the psyche: let the dog be very active, but it should be “licking”, responsive to affection. And if the puppies of my breeding do not break the psyche in the future, there will be no problems with them. It all depends on the integrity of the breeder and the responsibility of the owner.
The dog should not be left unattended by the owner, including on a walk. On the street, she should always be on a leash. In no case should you be rude to your pet. A person can respond to rudeness with his fist, if you beat a dog, sooner or later it will put its teeth into action.
Amstaffs are imprisoned for fighting, instinct pushes them to a fight, but this instinct can be easily suppressed.
Amstaff is normally a contact, affectionate, easy-to-manage dog. They calmly respond to extraneous sounds, are friendly even to strangers. The voice is rarely given.And they’re unlikely to guard the house.
In terms of activity, American Staffordshire Terriers are very different from each other. There are extremely active dogs that cannot sit still, but there are calm dogs that need to be persuaded to go for a walk.
Loneliness is tolerated quite calmly, but keep in mind that if you have several dogs and you leave for a long time, then when you return, you may not recognize the apartment.
Breeder's recommendation: Even adult dogs can “read” magazines and books or bite wires. Therefore, it is desirable to train the dog in the cage.
American Staffordshire terriers get along well with children, willingly play with them, may well work as "nannies."
Breeder's Observations: My grandchildren and great-grandchildren grew up with these dogs. And there have never been problems or conflicts between them.
As for the attitude to other animals, the amstaff should be taught to coexist peacefully with them. There may be conflicts with other dogs, even those living in the same family. But it all depends on education.
The dog should be friendly to people, calmly respond to other animals, not show a desire to dominate the family.
Breeder's recommendation: Be sure to go with the amstaff general training course. This is not difficult: these dogs are easy to learn, they can be motivated with the help of goodies or with the help of your favorite toy. They are full of desire to please, fulfill any of your requests.
If you know how to handle dogs, the American Staffordshire Terrier will not cause you trouble.Moreover, he is extremely smart - Americans put them in first place among other breeds. Sometimes it seems like they can read minds.
Amstaff can become a companion, actor, athlete, lifeguard, and even a rehabilitation guide.
American Staffordshire Terriers are finicky in food; you definitely can't call them gluttons. However, you can overfeed any dog, you need to follow this.
American Staffordshire Terriers molt twice a year. Wool does not cause any special problems, it is easily cleaned from clothes and furniture, it is well collected with a vacuum cleaner.
Breeder's recommendation: These dogs do not tolerate high and low temperatures, so they should be worn in extreme cold.
The weaknesses of the American Staffordshire Terriers are oncology and cardiovascular diseases.
As for the scourge of most large breeds - dysplasia of the hip joints - if the parents are genetically “clean”, the puppy will also have no problems.
Breeder's recommendation: When buying a puppy, ask the seller for test results for dysplasia.
What kind of owner does the American Staffordshire Terrier need?
An ideal owner is someone who, when choosing a pet, focuses not on the cost, but on the health and psyche of the puppy and parents, and is able to give the dog as much love and attention as needed.