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    Smile Adopting 2 Amstaffs.....

    Hey guys,

    My names Aleesha..... my first dog (and my eternal favourite, she's not here anymore) was Shelby... the most loving bitza you'll find, saved her from terrible BYBs and gave her a good life.

    Anyway to business.... we are taking on a 12 month old entire male Amstaff (are desexing ASAP) and a 3 month old female Amstaff (she will also be desexed). We are not interested in breeding or showing just want some wonderful pets to love.

    There is question over the papers they have (or possibly don't have) but regardless the dogs need a good home, they are in good health so I am happy to have them become part of our household (well the external part of it.... they won't be inside). I have spoken to the local vet and one of the pet shop owners (she is a breeder of Great Danes) to ascertain that I can indeed have them and have them registered with council etc successfully so all is ok there as far as I know.

    I intend to have them fully vet checked and microchipped when we get them (which is planned for monday), as well as then arranging for the desexing of both.

    I already walk daily (for my own benefit) so they will become part of that routine, we are home bodies so when not at work we are at home. My partner works an equal time roster (out of town) so for every 5 days he spends out at work, he is then home for 5 days (the pattern varies but it's always equal time). I own a take away shop and atm work 6 to 7 days a week. I do 3 days 11am to 7.30pm, 2 days 10am - 7.30pm, 1 day 3pm - 7.30pm & the other day 7am -1.30pm, so as you can see even though I work 7 days there is plenty of awake home time as well. I often walk when I get home at 7.45pm so they would enjoy possibly a short walk in the morning and the evening walk as well.

    They will have dog beds on our patio which is enclosed on three walls and they can see into the living room and our bedroom via sliding doors so will never be far from the action. The yard is fenced completely with 6 foot fencing with see through panels at the front they will be able to see through, so they will be well contained with out getting frustrated by not being able to see the noises out side the yard.

    We don't go away often and when we do it is normally only for one night, maybe two (we race speedway so that takes us away from time to time). Depending how they go we may take them with us or we may just get a friend to pop in on them and feed them, walk etc. They will also enjoy plenty of play time with us, as we enjoy being outside.

    I appreciate they are a physically strong breed and will require consistent training to ensure they are also in complete control, they will require socialising to ensure they know how to behave with other dogs, humans (in particular kids) and other animals. The plan is to start walking them with Halti's until I am confident and comfortable with their behaviour.

    I guess I'd like some info from any Amstaff breeders/owners what diet you recommend, any heads up I need on the breed that I haven't got yet or any other pointers anyone thinks I need to ensure I can give these two guys the home they deserve.

    Thanks in advance Aleesha

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    Sounds like you are doing and going to do all the right things.
    My biggest point is the socialisation and training, which you adressed
    You and your partner should join a dog club, so both dogs can go and socialise and learn some manners.

    And please post photos. Amstaffs are my absolute favourite.
    Education not Legislation

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    Hi Aussie,

    Thanks for the reassurance we are doing the right things and have outlined the right things to continue with.

    I am definitely looking into dog clubs/obedience schools etc for some structured time with the new pooches so we have someone on hand to help as well, a bit of support never goes astray.

    I will get to the photos for sure.

    Thanks again for your time.

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    Just curious are these dogs coming from a rescue group or a breeder?
    And are these dogs already known to each other?
    Training is a must which you have mentioned, they are a strong breed and not for everyone.
    I have a soft spot for them as I volunteer at a shelter and see a few of them although they are usually crossed.
    As for diet as long as they don't have any allergies I'd go for a quality dry with fresh meat, and raw meaty bones. However supervise feeding, and feed bones separately.
    Love to see some pics.

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    Thanks Molly, here goes:

    They are coming from their current owner. He is moving 1100km and not to a place suitable to take them with him. My partner works with him which is how we came to know they needed a new home.

    The dogs already live together and are from the same parents, separate litters obviously.

    That's what I was hoping to feed so glad that works. I will stick with the food he's been using to start with and if it's ok great, otherwise I'll slowly introduce a better diet for them.

    Once we're all settled in I'll sort the photos

    Cheers Aleesha

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    Thanks for the reply.
    I'm sure you will get help and advice from AmStaff owners here.

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    Wow you are busy folk!! They sound like lucky dogs to be landing with you!

    Just be aware of your legal obligations regarding them if they don't come with ANKC registration papers.

    Breed specific legislation varies from State to State, and local councils have different methods and levels of enforcement. In some places even if they are registered with council as Amstaffs, this can be challenged by council rangers/staff and then a complicated process arises which can involve a real struggle for owners to conclusively prove that they are not Pitbulls. Ridiculous yes, but deadly serious for owners of both breeds.

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    Thanks Nat,

    I have spoken with the local vet (she has a limited register Amstaff - I hope I got that right), and asked her how I'll go if the don't have papers and she said the council are comfortable as long as the dogs are desexed, registered and microchipped (which all dogs should be if they are owned responsibly IMO - not for breeding obvioulsy).

    She knows of a few unpapered Amstaffs living in the area without issue, so things should be ok, but obviously it would be easier if they do have the papers.

    I can contact the owners of the parents and go down the DNA testing route if they are papered, (have been told they are but you never know) to get the information on these to prove they are Amstaffs through proving paternity & maternity to ANKC registered amstaffs (i hope that makes sense, I know what I mean).

    We'll see what time brings!

    THanks for the heads up though and I agree totally that BSL sucks, it's seriously a dog by dog case, and upbringing and environment play a huge role in determining the temperament of any animal (or human for that matter).

    Cheers Aleesha

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    Hey guys,

    I am very happy to find out that Boof already has papers... now just the mission to get them (long story but in short, I'm not paying the $500 the breeder hinted at, when the registration isn't even in his name anymore).

    Lilly is from the same parents but her litter wasn't registered. So need to broach this with the breeder. He did say he'd get hers, looks like he's got a tight spot to squeeze out of here. Either way, I am just happy I know the papers do and will (for boof & lilly) exist.

    Here are the lil cherrubs enjoying a dunk in their pool after a very warm walk

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    I am not an expert on this breed, but I am just curious. My neighbour had one of these, and it jumped my fence, I am sure it was at least 6 feet, but perhaps I am wrong. Are people sure these dogs won't be able to jump this fence? I have been attacked by one of these dogs once (quite seriously, though I managed to kick the dog several times in the head and escape, but I was nearly hit by a car in fighting off the dog)- I do not hold any grudges against the breed. The home the one that attacked me came from was obviously inhabited by violent, irresponsible criminal sociopaths. However it taught me respect for this breed- they are a serious type of dog that needs stern management (just my opinion).

    One thing I have learned- one piece of wisdom for all dog owners- it can be easier than you think for your dogs to escape- I learned this by almost losing my beloved labradore (and I was generally quite cautious already about him escaping). Anyway you definately do NOT want these dogs escaping! Indeed I have devised a specific list of security protocols and procedures to make sure NEVER again in my life do any of my dogs escape- it is too risky, especially to the dog.
    Last edited by Sir_Bongalot; 10-04-2010 at 06:01 PM.

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