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Amstiff Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Amstiff so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginEngland flagEngland United States flagUnited States
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed American Staffordshire Terrier and Mastiff mix

Amstiff Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Amstiff puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of an Amstiff in the United States? How much money is an Amstiff?

Where to buy an Amstiff with a good pedigree?

$800-$1000
If you choose to purchase the Amstiff, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Amstiff for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Amstiff gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Amstiff? How many Amstiff are there in the world?
Very frequent: The Amstiff is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.

Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.

Amstiff Size

Size
Is an Amstiff small, medium or large dog?

How big do Amstiff get?

What is the average size of an Amstiff?

Medium
Weight
How much does the Amstiff weigh? How much should an Amstiff weight? What is the normal weight of an Amstiff? How much does a full-grown Amstiff weight?
57-67 pounds (25-30 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of an Amstiff?
62 pounds (27.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Amstiff? Amstiff height:
Male: 22-28 inches (55-70 cm), Female: 20-26 inches (52-65 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of an Amstiff?
Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (57.5 cm)

Amstiff Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Amstiff have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
FineDense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Amstiff coats?
Black Blue White BrownFawn Brindle Apricot
Grooming
How to groom the Amstiff and how often? How often should I take my Amstiff to the groomer?
Easy to groom: The Amstiff doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Amstiff is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Amstiff dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Amstiff? Do Amstiff dogs shed a lot?
Amstiff dogs are low shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Amstiff need a bath? How often should you give an Amstiff a bath? Can I bathe my Amstiff every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Amstiff Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Amstiff have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
ProtectiveAlertCourageousIntelligentFriendlyAffectionateLoyalDevotedAttentiveTenaciousCheerful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Amstiff? Is the Amstiff breed dumb or smart?
Smart: The Amstiff dogs have great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.

The Amstiff is among the smartest dogs in the intelligence ranking.

Trainability
Are Amstiff dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train an Amstiff?
Amstiff dogs are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Amstiffs, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Amstiff sensitivity:
Amstiff dogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music.

Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is an Amstiff a good family dog?
High: Amstiff dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dogs for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Amstiff need? Amstiff social needs:
Amstiff dogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Amstiff dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Amstiff bark?
Low to Average: The Amstiff rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Amstiff good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Amstiff dogs are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Amstiff dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Amstiff dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Amstiff dogs strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Amstiff bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Amstiff? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Amstiff? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Amstiff has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Amstiff has a hard bite? What is the bite force of an Amstiff? How much bite force does an Amstiff have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Amstiff bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Amstiff, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Amstiff do?
Amstiff dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Amstiff dogs need to be taught a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Amstiff to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Amstiff roam?
Amstiff dogs tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Amstiff have high prey drive?
Amstiff dogs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Is Amstiff good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have an Amstiff in an apartment?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Amstiff indoors.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Amstiff dogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can an Amstiff be left alone? How long can you leave an Amstiff alone?
Amstiff dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Amstiff Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Amstiff temperament with other people:
Amstiff dogs are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Amstiff dogs get along with other pets? Are Amstiff dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Amstiff dogs are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Amstiff dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Amstiff temperament with children:
Amstiff dogs are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Amstiff dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Amstiff breed live with a cat?
Amstiff dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Amstiff good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Amstiff dogs get along with other dogs?
Amstiff dogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Amstiff is not a good choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Amstiff breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Amstiff breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Amstiff dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Amstiff dogs good office canines? Do Amstiff dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
No
Amstiff is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Amstiff dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Amstiff temperament with senior people? Are Amstiff dogs good for elderly owners?
Amstiffs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Amstiff Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Amstiff dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Amstiffs are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Amstiff breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Amstiff breed? Most common health risks of Amstiff:
Hip DysplasiaCancerProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)BloatSeizuresCystinuria
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Amstiff breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Amstiff see the vet?
Rare
The Amstiff should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Amstiff dogs live? How old can a Amstiff be? What is the age limit of the Amstiff? How many years can the oldest Amstiff live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of an Amstiff?

How long is the lifespan of an Amstiff?

10-12 years
The average lifespan of Amstiff: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Amstiff breed hypoallergenic?
No
Amstiff dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions. Some dog breeds are even considered to higher possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Amstiff have? What is the activity level of the Amstiff?
Amstiff dogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does an Amstiff need? How much exercise do Amstiff dogs require per day?

Do Amstiff dogs need a lot of exercises?

Amstiff dogs have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long ones on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Amstiff breed need?
Amstiff dogs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot. They're not the most active dog breed. If you live an active life, this breed can be a bad choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does an Amstiff need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does an Amstiff breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Amstiff? How much food should I feed my Amstiff?
2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Amstiff risk for obesity:
Average: The Amstiff has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Amstiff weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Amstiff has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Amstiff drool?
The Amstiff drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool more than others, just like the Amstiff.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Amstiff As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Amstiff be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Amstiff breed is a good choice for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Amstiff be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Amstiff be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Amstiff is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Amstiff be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Amstiff is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Amstiff be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Amstiff is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Amstiff be a boat dog?

Not really

Amstiff breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Amstiff be a drafting dog?

Yes

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Amstiff breed is a good choice for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Amstiff dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Amstiff Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is an Amstiff pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Amstiff breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Amstiff: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Amstiff have in a litter? How many puppies can the Amstiff breed have for the first time? How many puppies does an Amstiff have? How many puppies can an Amstiff give birth to?
3-5 puppies

Amstiff Recognition

AKC Group
Is Amstiff recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Amstiff recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.

Amstiff Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: The Amstiff dogs have great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Amstiff dogs are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Amstiffs are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Amstiff doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Amstiff dogs are low shedders.
  • Watchdog Ability: Amstiff dogs are good watchdogs.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Amstiff dogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Adaptability: Amstiff dogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Amstiff dogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Amstiffs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Amstiff dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Service Dog: This breed makes good as a service dog.
  • Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog: A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Amstiff dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Amstiff drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
  • Mouthiness: Amstiff dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Amstiff dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Dog Friendly: Amstiff dogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Amstiff is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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