BREED'S HISTORY - AMSTAFF'S THEN AND NOW
..... PitbullPitbull was created as an experiment whose purpose was to create a fighting dog full of strength, speed and endurance. They are fairly resistant to pain and have an extremally strong jaws. Fighting dogs similar to that type of bull terriers existed for almost a hundred and fifty years. American Pitt bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, Staffordshire terriers as well Boston terrier and Bull terrier all have the same genetic ancestry. It's not only related to dog fights but also to bull fights, bear fights and even lion fights. Pitt bulls are partially descendants of old English bulldogs. Those bulldogs didn't resemble bulldogs as we know them now, heavy and big. They were fast, fit and muscular medium sized dogs. They were admired for their resilience and bravery as well as pain resistance, all the qualities of a fighting dog that were forced to combat dogs twice their size. Paintings from those times show bulldogs looking very similar to today's Pitt bulls. This resemblance makes some owners believe that today's Pitt bulls may not be related to terriers. There is a theory that a Pitt bull is in fact an original old English bulldog. However, most historic sources disagree with this theory. There are many sources confirming the crosses between terriers and bulldogs. The reason for those cross-breeding was the desire to improve the speed and fitness of those still fairly big bulldogs.
...Staffordshire bulterier Staffordshire bull terrier (known as staffy) can be seen as the purest and oldest result of the crosses between old English bulldogs and terriers. It was registered as a breed by English Kennel Club in 1935, however by the American only in 1974. Working class of Staffordshire for many centuries enjoyed bloody sports and this county was famous for dog fights. Many of those fighting dogs ended up in America, where they played a massive role in creating American Pitt bull terrier, and it's varieties.
(Based on Daniel Capricorn's book "PITBULL-AMSTAFF")
...Currently, AMSTAFF are a registered dog breed with a specified breed standard and documented ancestry. Thus, amstaff's aggression towards dogs and people has been reduced (in contrast to Pitt bulls).
In a dog show ring, amstaffs, are one of the calmest dogs. They don't bark at each other or try to fight. They are calm and friendly towards judges, visitors, and other dogs, unlike some other dog breeds.
During training as well as shows they are characterised by discipline and obedience. Moreover, they have a great intuition when it comes to others.
...They are great for 'scaring away' suspicious people and thieves. Why bother someone with an amstaff when you can find someone with a smaller dog.
That's why I'd recommend dogs from kennel club registered breeders with pedigree, as they were bred for generations to eliminate aggression. As simply, aggressive dogs are not permitted on dog shows and are immediately disqualified. Calm and friendly dog will not transfer or teach bad habits to her puppies.
...Our dogs love other animals, we had a couple of guinea pigs and rabbits, we fostered a hedgehog and some birds and there were never any problems. Our daughter's friends often came to visit and they always liked Tigra and Lolek's company.
Neither me or my friends had ever any problems you can sometimes read online like "it's aggressive towards everything it sees", "it tries to bite anything that moves", etc. All that's required to avoid it is to be reasonable and buy a healthy dog from a good breeder. When you're investing in a companion for the next 10+ years, it's better to do it well.
..... I wish you all many amazing moments with an amstaff friend