This is huge. Honestly, this can be the most interesting topic I have ever read and decided to write about; the American Staffordshire Terrier Lab mix, or the American Staffordshire Terrier Labrador Retriever mix. And, I was astonished by the number of dog owners who are looking forward to knowing about this mix, too.
The American Staffordshire Terrier Lab mix is a magnificent hybrid breed whereby the Labrador dog is crossed with an American Staffordshire Terrier dog -known as AmStaff-, creating a very interesting breed that will be the core of our article today, but before that, we need to to talk about the American Staffordshire Terrier dog, and the Labrador dog.
In fact, who wouldn’t love to know more about these magnificent dog breeds? The information I collected for you today, about the American Staffordshire Terrier Lab mix, the American Staffordshire Terrier dog, and the Labrador dog made me want to raise them all! Anyways, without further ado, let me introduce the American Staffordshire Terrier Lab mix, and help you know all the amazing facts about that interesting mix in this article.
Table of Contents
1- The American Staffordshire Terrier dog (AmStaffs)
2-The Labrador Retriever dogs:
3- The American Staffordshire Terrier Lab mix
1- The American Staffordshire Terrier dog (AmStaffs).
The AmStaff is, according to the AKC-American Kennel Club-, ranks 85 of 195 in the AKC breed popularity. It is a very well-known, smart, loyal, and a very confident dog breed from the terrier group.
The American Staffordshire Terrier dog, usually, lives between 12 to 16 years. It also is known for its muscular body; as for height it somewhere between 18-19 inches (male), and 17-18 inches (female), and when it comes to the weight, we are talking about a dog that can be somewhere between 55-70 pounds (male), or 40-55 pounds (female).
The American Staffordshire Terrier dog’s history:
To know more about The American Staffordshire Terrier dog, we need to talk about its history first. So, the AmStaffs are originally a mix from the Bulldogs and the Terrier breeds from England. The American Staffordshire Terrier dog is so friendly to humans and very helpful, too. Back then, they were used to watch their other animals and also help them with the farm work. They also used them as family companions because they showed a very kind and lovable attitude with humans.
However, according to their muscular build, humans used them in fight rings and, unfortunately, this illegal activity still happening to this day.
The American Staffordshire Terrier
AmStaffs now is known as hard-working watchdogs, that are, in many countries, used to help with police work, as well as home pets. However, we cannot deny that it has a bad repetition as one of the aggressive dogs and, unfortunately, the Breed-specific legislation (BSL) bans them, too.
If you don’t know what the (BSL) is; it is where you can find the regulate or banned dog breeds that are known for its aggressiveness, to help maintain aggressive attacks from these dogs toward humans or other animals. And yes, The American Staffordshire Terrier dog name is in the banned aggressive dog breed’s list.
On the other hand, The American Staffordshire Terrier dog owners have another opinion; a lot of them claim that the AmStaffs are very friendly dogs that can take really good care of their family, love to be around people, they welcome guests, and they are good with kids.
However, they also mentioned that they can be very aggressive if they felt that someone has bad intentions, and they pretty much believe in their own sense, they won’t wait and they will not ask before they take any aggressive action towards them. And that when things can get out of control.
The American Staffordshire Terrier dog’s training requirements:
The American Staffordshire Terrier dogs require a lot of training before you decide to get yourself one, because, obviously, they are very strong and if they got out of control things can get really bad really fast, and also, because they are very curious.
So, if you are walking with one of them you really need to make sure that he/she is well-trained (here’s how to train a dog to walk on a leash), has his/her own strong leash that will help you take full control (here’s what you need to know about Choke collars and Prong collars – if you want one), and, of course, you need to make sure that your dog has his/her ID, just in case something bad happened (here’s a very important information about microchipping your dog).
The American Staffordshire Terrier dog’s maintenance:
Well, we know that there are three main coat types in dogs: low, medium, and high. And also there are two types of coat thickness: the double-coated dogs, and the single-coated dogs.
The American Staffordshire Terrier dogs are known for their short and stiff coats that don’t require a lot of brushing to get him/her nice and clean, once a week is enough, however, you need to take care of him/her in cold weather, because when your dog is not a tall/double-coated dog, chances of him/her catch cold in winter is much higher. (know more about how cold is too cold for your dogs from here).
The last piece of information about the American Staffordshire Terrier dogs:
Last, but not least. And before we move to our next breed, it is very important to mention that if you are going to own an American Staffordshire Terrier dog you need to make sure that you have the patience to train him/her well and you have asked experts of what is better for you and for your family, according to where you live, your experience with dogs and how you can deal with a dog that is as strong as the American Staffordshire Terrier.
Also, you need to check if the American Staffordshire Terrier dogs are legal in your country because, as we mentioned above, the American Staffordshire Terrier is banned in the (BSL), and that means that it is illegal to own one of these dogs in some countries, and also, that some insurance companies refuse to cover households that own one of the AmStaff.
So, no matter how much you love them, you need to check first, so you don’t get yourself in trouble.
Now, let’s move to our next amazing breed, which I believe that most of already know a lot about it but, still, it is very important to know all of the information before we talk about the American Staffordshire Terrier Lab Mix; because, of course, they will all have so much in common.
2- The Labrador Retriever dogs:
The Labrador Retriever dogs are the sweet, intelligent, playful, and social dogs we already know. In fact, I believe that, at some point, the Labrador retriever dogs were every dog owner’s dream. They are the perfect combination for families that want to own medium-to-large-dogs.
Accordingly, the Labrador Retriever dogs rank number 1 of 195 on the AKC’s breed popularity chart. Like I said, everyone dreamt to own a Labrador Retriever dog, at least, once in his her life.
Moreover, Labrador Retriever dogs live for 10 to 15 years old, male Labrador Retriever dogs can be anywhere between 22.5-24.5 inches, and female Labrador Retriever dogs can be around 21.5 to 23.5 inches. Also, their weight is pretty good; as for male Labrador Retriever dogs, they can be anywhere between 65-80 pounds, and the female Labrador Retriever dogs can be 55 to 70 pounds.
The Labrador Retriever dog’s history:
Well, the friendly, intelligent, and athletic Labrador Retriever dog is used to be the fisherman’s mate in chilly North Atlantic/ Canada. And till today, Labrador Retrievers dogs are one of the best hardworking dog breeds, that can work was humans as search dogs, rescue dogs, and assistance dogs, too.
The warm-hearted dogs are also known as sport dogs, they are very athletic and have a very amazing muscular body shape. Moreover, they are very energetic dogs that can spend a lot of time doing several activities and still, at eh end of the day, are capable of doing a lot more with love.
The Labrador Retriever dog’s attitude:
Accordingly, the Labrador retriever dogs are the most people-oriented, family dog, sweet and helpful dog any family can wish for. They are just there when you need them, they are so adorable and their natural kindness makes them a very cheerful four-legged friend.
The most important thing about these easy-to-love dog breed is that they are not just easy to hang out with, but they are also easy to train. In fact, the Labrador Retriever dogs are a very intelligent breed that is always eager to learn new things, whether it is obedience or even tricks, they are always ready to know more, and ready to explore new things.
Therefore, the training part is very important if you are going to own a Labrador Retriever, not just because they are ready and capable of learning more, but also because they have a lot of energy in them that can be really exhausting for you and your dog if you didn’t use it carefully.
In fact, having a Labrador Retriever means that you have a very active dog, mentally and physically, which means that you need to have a well-organized schedule to how you are going to help him/her release this energy to avoid any accidents happen back home if your dog started to have Zoomies in your living room. (know more about zoomies from here).
The Labrador Retriever dog’s training requirements:
If you have a Labrador Retriever, training is a priority for you; you just can’t have one without having a very good plan to how you are going to use your dog’s energy and help him/her feel better by doing what he/she is living to do.
A dog with that level of energy and strength should get early obedience training to help him/her develop a well-behaved adult, also you should start training him/her the basics of being a well-mannered dog in early age because if you didn’t, it will be so hard for him/her to be trained as adults.
Also, a worth mentioning note, Labrador Retriever dogs are very curious animals, so if you are going to raise your dog in your backyard, where you are already going some of your favorite plants there. Make sure that none of these plants or foods are near to your four-legged friend because it is poisonous to them and things can get so complicated before you notice.
The Labrador Retriever dog’s maintenance:
So, the Labrador Retriever dogs are overall healthy dogs and all you need it to take care of the regular nail trimming and teeth brushing habits, to help them live a healthy and happy life.
However, what we need to talk about is the Labrador Retriever’s coat, because unlike the American Staffordnish Terries dogs, the Labrador Retriever dogs are thick-double coated dogs that shed a lot
Therefore, you need to make sure that you give them baths to keep them clean, brush them with a brush that works great with their coat’s type, and do regular check-ups with your dog’s veterinarian to know how healthy their coat is, and what food or supplements they can take to help them keep their coats healthy and clean all the time.
The last piece of information about the Labrador Retriever dogs:
Labrador retriever dogs are mouthy dogs, in other words, they love to put things in their mouth and chew or carry it from a place to another. Therefore, you need to make sure that you get him/her plenty of toys, whether it is chewed, dental, or just for fun toys; anything that he/she can put in his/her mouth and play with all day.
If you are looking for recommendations, please don’t hesitate to check our recently updated chewing toys for dogs department on our website, to learn more about what your dog needs, and get him/her the best chewing toys you will ever find.
Now, it is about time to move to our amazing and very exciting dog breed, the American Staffordshire Terrier Lab mix, after we learned about the two main dog breeds that are the reason the American Staffordshire Terrier Lab mix is here at the first place.
And, of course, the three dog breeds have a lot in common with each other, so, we only can say that this is just getting better.
3- The American Staffordshire Terrier Lab mix
The American Staffordshire Terrier Lab mix is a mixed dog breed that surprised a lot of dog lovers because, in fact, it came from two different dog breeds and carries a lot of the parent’s characteristics developing a really magnificent and one of a kind dog breed.
So, we are talking about a loyal, strong, athletic, smart, gentle with humans, energetic, and playful dog breed.
According to the American Staffordshire Terrier Lab mix parents, we can tell a lot about the dog’s weight and height, so we can say that the American Staffordshire Terrier Lab mix male dogs can be anywhere between 17 to 23 inches, and the female dog can be 18 to 24 inches. And we can tell that the male American Staffordshire Terrier Lab mix dogs can weigh 40-70 lbs, but the female dogs can be anywhere between 4 to 80 lbs.
The American Staffordshire Terrier Lab mix dog’s history:
Well, it is very important to meet the American Staffordshire Terrier Lab mix parents before you get yourself one to know more about its characteristics and understand more about how you can deal with him/her.
Also, it is extremely important to know about the parent’s health, because both parents have their health concerns that will, most probably, you will find in your puppy too. So, that is why you need to gather all of the information you can about the parents before you decide to get one.
And you need more specific concerns, I can recommend these health test that was recommended for the dog’s parents according to their health state:
- Hip Evaluation
- Ophthalmologist Evaluation
These were the common health checks the two parents needed.
- Cardiac Exam
- Thyroid Evaluation
- Elbow Evaluation
- EIC DNA Test
- NCL DNA Test
And these are the health one of the parents needed, so you need to make sure that you gather all of the information you need about the three dog’s health before you make any decision related to getting the American Staffordshire Terrier Lab mix.
Also, know that the AmStaff has a reputation of some mental health problems that you might want to put into consideration, too.
The American Staffordshire Terrier Lab mix dog’s attitude:
Well, according to the parent’s attitude, we can tell that you will have a very smart dog, really active, requires a lot of attention. He/she will have a very good time with family and friends, your dog will welcome your gifts with lots of jumping and licking, but be aware of his/her body language in case you found that he/she didn’t like one of your guests, or doubted his/her intentions.
Also, when it comes to children, your American Staffordshire Terrier Lab mix dog should be carrying a lot of his/her parents in this too. This means that your dog should be kind to kids and enjoys taking care of them and play with them.
However, like any other dog, you should be aware of your dog when he/she is around your kids. Yes, dogs are very kind to kids and they understand that they are small humans that can be playful all the time. But, you need to understand that they are animals, and they can get wrong messages sometimes, or they can get too aggressive without knowing.
Therefore, you need to be around your dog and kids, at least till you are fully aware of how far your dog can go, and your kids understan their limits and can recognize when it is time to back off and take care.
The American Staffordshire Terrier Lab mix dog’s training requirements:
The American Staffordshire Terrier Lab mix is a very active and strong hybrid breed, you need to put that in mind while training him/her, and you also need to understand that at some point you might need an expert opinion while training him/her to get the best trained, and well-behaved dog.
Also, a worth mentioning note, is that you need to be fully aware of the importance of starting the obedience training early, because have a strong dog as the American Staffordshire Terrier Lab mix can make it so hard for you to control if it raised without knowing the importance of obeying your rules.
Moreover, this breed is very active, and that is something you need to take care of, because this energy will need to get out soon or later, and you don’t need a very active dog to release all of his/her energy back home.
Therefore, make sure that your dog gets his/her daily walking time, training time, and playing time. Also, make sure that you get your dog all the toys he/she might need, because if he/she didn’t find things to play with, he/she will start chewing your stuff, and you don’t want that to happen.
Therefore, according to hos strong your dog is, you might need to consider getting him/her one of the toys that are made for strong dogs that you will need to help them get smarter, stronger, and also busy most of the time.
To do that, I really recommend having a look at our up-too-date store to get your dog the most recommended and most affordable toys. Here are the two departments of dog toys that you will need the most for your American Staffordshire Terrier Lab mix dog.
Now, let’s move on to how to take care of your dog’s health.
The American Staffordshire Terrier Lab mix dog’s maintenance:
There is not much to de here, in fact, you just need to take care of your dog’s nails, and make sure that it is in the right length all the time, so your dog feels comfortable while walking, playing and running. Because, as we mentioned before in a previous article, dogs can be very annoyed because of their tall nails, and it also can make them in so much pain if they got attached in something with you knowing and got broken.
Also, you need to take care of your dog’s coat according to what kind of coat he/she has and get him/her the brush that makes his/her feel comfortable while using it on him/her.
Moreover, when it comes to bath time, you need to make sure that you are giving your dog bath in good weather because you don’t want your dog to get sick in winter. Also, make sure that you have all that you will need before your dod starts his/her bath because dogs shouldn’t stay wet for a long Tim.
Last, but not least. Your dog’s teeth is a very important thing you need to pay extra attention to it. Because bad teeth can get your dog kidney problems (know more about bad teeth from here). So, make sure your dog’s teeth get the care it needs.
The last piece of information about the American Staffordshire Terrier Lab mix dogs:
Well, it is very important to mention that you need to do your dog’s checkups routine with a professional veterinarian, to make sure that your dog is perfectly healthy, and living his/her best days.
Also, you need to help your dog getting used to the environment he/she will live with you in. So, if you are going to bring him/her home, make sure that you introduce him/her to every family member, and make him/her familiar with the guests you welcome at your home. Because, at the end of the day, you got a dog that will love and care about you, and he/she will do anything to take care of you.
Therefore, you need to introduce him/her to those who he/she will find them a lot around you and teach him/her some signs for when it is okay and he/she need
Because, as we mentioned before, this dog came from a parent that if he/she decided to take any action, he/she will not think twice before making it happen, and it will not be a nice one.
Please note that there are no clear pictures of the American Staffordshire Terrier Lab mix, these are. pictures of there parents and other Amstaffs that looks like them.
Finally, know we can say that you have all that you will need to know about the American Staffordnish Terrier mix. If you already have one, we would really love to see pictures of that cute little four-legged friend of yours, so please share it with us, and tell us what is the best thing you love in him/her.
Should I get an American Staffordnish Terrier mix dog?
Well, if you are ready to handle such a strong dog, take care of him/her, make this four-legged friend happy and healthy, and you live in a country that allows owning this type of dog. Why not?