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    Ok, so originally I posted a thread looking for information on a Amstaff X...
    Thank you to everyone who supplied me with info!

    I have since discovered that there is not a lot of difference between and Amstaff and an American Pit Bull (a restricted breed in Victoria...)

    Now I have my doubts.

    Could you help me find a breed approporiate for our situation?

    - My partner and I are in our early 20s.
    - We own a house with a medium sizes backyard.
    - Our house backs onto a reserve and walking track
    - We are quite active.
    - My partner works half days.
    - We have a rabbit.
    - Eventually (next 5 years) we will have kids
    - We love the look of the Amstaff, and the size is ideal
    - We would like a breed we can train, we are looking forward to putting in the time and effort
    - We would like a dog for companionship mostly

    If there is anything else I should be taking into consideration please let me know?

    Thanks

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    Must be quick....(huh says hubby lol)

    You will be quite safe in Vic with an Amstaff just as long as it is from a registered breeder.
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    Aw you can adopt a Staffordshire Bull Terrier(Staffy) from a shelter.
    Amstaffs are gorgeous dogs, and I would love to own one, but the whole BSL situation is all to stressful for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiemyf7 View Post
    Aw you can adopt a Staffordshire Bull Terrier(Staffy) from a shelter.
    Amstaffs are gorgeous dogs, and I would love to own one, but the whole BSL situation is all to stressful for me.
    As long as you get an amstaff from a registered breeder, than there is no issue with BSL.

    I have two amstaffs and a stafford. I find the amstaffs are a lot more placid than the stafford who is bouncing off the walls 24/7.

    In my experience, all my female dogs have had far more drive than the males, and I find the males to be more sooky and cuddly.
    Of course it comes down to the individual dog but I would recommend a desexed male.

    I also have a 10 month old daughter and all three dogs are very good with her.... even so, she is never left alone with any dog even for a second.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueStaff View Post
    As long as you get an amstaff from a registered breeder, than there is no issue with BSL.

    I have two amstaffs and a stafford. I find the amstaffs are a lot more placid than the stafford who is bouncing off the walls 24/7.

    In my experience, all my female dogs have had far more drive than the males, and I find the males to be more sooky and cuddly.
    Of course it comes down to the individual dog but I would recommend a desexed male.

    I also have a 10 month old daughter and all three dogs are very good with her.... even so, she is never left alone with any dog even for a second.
    I would have to agree, our two Amstaffs certainly demonstrate the same traits. Although Lilly is only 5 months and Boof is 12 months, she is definitely more prey driven and active than he is, I believe though a certain amount of this is her curiosity as a younger pup. He also is more sooky la la than her.

    They are both (yes even Lilly the 5 month old) great with my 4 year old nephew. We don't ever have the dogs and him together without supervision either but neither have done anything to indicate to us they aren't happy/comfortable and gentle with him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueStaff View Post
    As long as you get an amstaff from a registered breeder, than there is no issue with BSL.

    I have two amstaffs and a stafford. I find the amstaffs are a lot more placid than the stafford who is bouncing off the walls 24/7.

    In my experience, all my female dogs have had far more drive than the males, and I find the males to be more sooky and cuddly.
    Of course it comes down to the individual dog but I would recommend a desexed male.

    I also have a 10 month old daughter and all three dogs are very good with her.... even so, she is never left alone with any dog even for a second.
    I mean as in having people afraid of them, some dog clubs don't even allow them in, folloing all the stupid BSL laws(muzzle, no offlead etc.)and then I don't want to risk something going wrong and being responsible for damaging the breed even more.
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    You don't have to muzzle or abide by any other BSL requirements if you have a registered amstaff. If it's an amstaff cross then I guess it could be considered a pitbull type.

    I have heard of some OB clubs not allowing amstaffs/dobes,GSD, and other large breeds, however I believe this isn't the majority. I doubt you would have a problem if you began taking the dog to training from a pup.

    It's actually quite funny..... most people have no idea what breeds my dogs are.
    They often get called lab crosses or boxers, and after ppl have given them a cuddle, I tell them the breed and they are shocked because firstly they think amstaffs are a large breed, and secondly, they didn't get their faces ripped off by the "killers"

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueStaff View Post
    I have heard of some OB clubs not allowing amstaffs/dobes,GSD, and other large breeds, however I believe this isn't the majority. I doubt you would have a problem if you began taking the dog to training from a pup.
    if you are looking at a training place that has this rule I would avoid it. IMO the should be willing and eager to take on any breed and MOST people with those breeds need the training!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laura Kate View Post
    - Eventually (next 5 years) we will have kids
    If there is anything else I should be taking into consideration please let me know?
    Look into breeds that are good with children. Calm, patient, intelligent breeds are important to consider.

    Best of luck deciding!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiemyf7 View Post
    I mean as in having people afraid of them, some dog clubs don't even allow them in, folloing all the stupid BSL laws(muzzle, no offlead etc.)and then I don't want to risk something going wrong and being responsible for damaging the breed even more.
    Myf your post bothers me greatly! I DO own an APBT or 'pit bull' type dog and Ive been allowed into all the obedience clubs Ive wanted to become a member of (only two clubs, due to moving house). I also walk Bailey around the SACA grounds when shows are on....no dramas (no muzzle either).

    People being afraid of them....they either get over it or they dont! SIMPLE! I dont have time for people who base their opinions on heresay. If they cant take the time to spend 2 minutes with my girl then they aren't worth it. I tend to not tell people until after the cuddling, kissing session THEN I tell them. Ive change many a persons perceptions, and am proud of the fact too.

    don't want to risk something going wrong and damaging the breed more.....You treat them the same as any other breed. Accidents DO happen, not to say your dog will accidentally rip someones face off but you know what I mean lol. The only difference I have found with Bailey (thats not caused by her past and/or environment) is her prey drive. She was brought up with cats and a rabbit. She has never killed another animal or harmed one. If a cat/rabbit runs....she will chase.....then lick them to death lol. When it comes to her recall....she isnt let offlead, she has a great recall BUT I cant guarantee if she were to see a cat etc that I could control her. This is for her own safety though, not the animals.....unless of course they dont like being drooled on by a pitty lol.

    I know you dont agree with BSL but personally...IMO I think it is small comments like the one you just made that help BSL. Your comments (from my end) makes it sound as though they are a breed that should be treated different. No offence....just my perception.

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