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    We are looking to get a American Staffy X, what sex has a better temperament?
    Or are males and females quite similar in their behavior?

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    I dont know much about the Amstaffs and as your referring to a cross bred that also hard to tell but I have 4 female dogs and I have found them all different but better behaved than the males.

    Good luck with your new puppy

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    Personally I think it all depends on how you raise them, not the sex or the breed. Of course genetics play a part but generally the way your dog ends up is a direct result of the time and energy you put into them

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    Spaying and castration can play a part. Uncastrated males can have a tendency to wander (and find females), or to act territorial.
    Unspayed females can be broody and moody (hey that rhymes).
    Desexing your dog can either take away almost every temperament difference, e.g in a labrador retriever, but in some breeds many differences stay.
    I don't have much staffy experience so I can't help you when it comes to breed specifics, but good luck anyway

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    I like female dogs, because they rarely cock their legs on anything and there is more tummy for rubbing.

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    I guess it just comes down to personal preference

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    May I just ask why that breed choice to begin with ?

    I have owned this cross and my my personal choice are the girls.
    The girls tend to become more a one dog person ,although still adore the rest of the world.But being that one dog person can be a drama in some families.
    A male can be quite dominant if allowed the wrong guidance from puppy hood ( so can a female having said that but the males are more likely to act on the dog aggression sides of things)

    At the end of the day, the best thing you could do is to educate yourself on BSL matters in the State and Council Shire you reside in. A cross of this type could very quickly become a target for Council Rangers or public liability,being a danger to most around it.

    It will also depend on what the cross is.
    Any reason you're not considering a pure papered Amstaff ?

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    We quite like the temperament of a BC and the look of a Amstaff.
    From what I have read BCs are a little more easier to train?
    Personally, I am not sure, I'm still doing my research.

    Could you explain what you meant by:
    "cross of this type could very quickly become a target for Council Rangers or public liability,being a danger to most around it"

    No particular reason for considering a cross breed, nor have I completely ruled out getting a purebred.
    Some purebred Amstaff's have been quite aggressive in their appearance, I don't know if that is the case with their personalities - hence the research.

    Would love to soak up all the information you have before making this decision!

    Thanks

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    Its strange, I'd have to say it depends on the breed of dog.

    I prefer MALE dogs, especially in Labradore's. I find female Labradore's too "quiet", boring and submissive.

    My male Lab (he is not desexed) is great. He is generally well behaved, but he is also to some degree boysterous in a playful way and it makes him great fun (he will always submit if you assert he is crossing any boundaries).

    I think the maleness in my Lab, gives him more initiative, and he is quite a driven dog. He's great company, and he's affectionate. To me, he is honestly my best mate. I live alone, but I have family that mean the world to me. However on a day to day basis, he is my main company, and I dread the day he will die.

    He is great. I also like the larger size of male dogs. Unless I breed, all my dogs will always be male.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laura Kate View Post
    We quite like the temperament of a BC and the look of a Amstaff.
    From what I have read BCs are a little more easier to train?
    Personally, I am not sure, I'm still doing my research.

    Could you explain what you meant by:
    "cross of this type could very quickly become a target for Council Rangers or public liability,being a danger to most around it"

    No particular reason for considering a cross breed, nor have I completely ruled out getting a purebred.
    Some purebred Amstaff's have been quite aggressive in their appearance, I don't know if that is the case with their personalities - hence the research.

    Would love to soak up all the information you have before making this decision!

    Thanks
    I see in your other post that you have gone and researched some about BSL so I I think I dont need to answer the council question now

    I'm unsure quite how to proceed with answering the aggressive look part of your post.....this breed in general is the ideal family dog.In fact ( though others will be along soon to bite my head off lol )we feel the Amstaff/Bull breeds in general are the ideal family dog .Its a bit hard as I wasn't there when you witnessed such aggression so am unsure of the situation as it occured.
    Having said that they can be a formidable looking breed at times though I've often had people mistake a Bully smile for something quite unfriendly like

    Are you talking dog to dog aggression?

    The BC is an incredibly switched on,cluey dog. As is the Amstaff but the BC is an intensely working breed,they require quite some stimulation and exercise.I have known couch potatoes of Borders but they were very few. The Amstaff on the other hand , whilst they excel at Agility and being perfect exercise partners,they are just as happy to be at home with the family slothing as much lounge as you'll allow them without causing as many behavioral issues.

    Bringing children into a home with an already resident dog will be the same with whatever breed you choose so is really par for the course . Again,having said that,there are many breeds much more suited to family life as a whole than others,there will always be exceptions to the rule though.

    As a whole though I believe you are much safer to go with a pure,papered dog so as not support the current puppy trade ran by backyard breeders and puppy farmers. The bonus of going with pure and papered is of course support and help from your breeder,being able to assess both parents,health checks and temp assessments of the lines.

    Its easy for alot of people to scream at you to go the pure,good god dont support the backyarders,but if know no better than what would that help,you can only choose through your own knowledge.Something most of us here are more than happy to share with you
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