– [Announcer] Dogumentary TV. Producing the best breed
documentaries on YouTube. – My name’s Lisa Cornett
of Bay City AmStaffs in Modesto, California. I started into the American
Staffordshire Terrier in 1997. My first dog I acquired was through Pam Carter of Gaff Kennels. My main attraction to the breed was I worked in veterinarian medicine, and there was an American
Staffordshire Terrier that came in whelping a litter of puppies. And when I went up to her, she was just the nicest dog. And when she had just
had a litter of puppies, and it was the temperament. The American Staffordshire Terrier for me, the relationship is, I own
’em, I breed ’em, I train ’em, but also I try to promote
’em in any way possible, which is meaning getting
out and socializing them, taking them to events any time that I can. Doing performance events. Everything possible
that I can do with them, I try to do it. The AKC breed standard, it really emphasizes on the head most, which is to be deep and broad, the eyes low set, the ears set up high. You want a stop on the
head as well as a drop-off of the muzzle, and a deep
under-jaw on the AmStaff. The coat is short, shiny, glossy. You want nice large, round bones. You want a tight foot,
which means tight pasterns, and well-muscled rear. You want the movement to be
springy without roller pace, so a nice flowy movement in the AmStaff. And the tail set, you’d like it to be pretty much at level,
not over like a scorpion. But certain times when
AmStaffs get excited, they do have a tail that does go up some during excitement and that’s all right, during how they feel. Their height is to be 17 to 19 inches in the males, and they can weigh anywhere from 60 to 70 pounds. And the females up to 17 inches with 45 to 55 pounds. Over in Europe and England,
and they crossed the bulldog with the white terrier. And then during the crossing,
they originally started, of course, they did originally
start with fighting dogs. The American Staffordshire Terrier started with certain bloodlines from
the American Pit Bull Terrier, and then they took a certain gene pool and made the American
Staffordshire Terrier, and they really focused on
structure and temperament. And opened the books,
UKC, United Kennel Club, opened the books to American Kennel Club. So then you also got some
dual registered AmStaffs. They did close the books, so
they don’t have that any more. So now you just have the AKC
American Staffordshire Terrier. The breed, they weren’t
necessarily bred to work, because they used them for game dogs. But I could say that
the AmStaff definitely could be a working breed ’cause you can use them in anything. I mean obedience, agility, they do really well in performance. There’s search and rescue AmStaffs. The dog all-around can do
anything that it’s asked, given the right person to take it there. Pretty much every color is acceptable. So they come in fawn, seal, black, brindle,
reverse brindle, parti-color. The ones that are not preferred, or less desirable traits or colors, would be the tri-color, more
that 80% white, and a liver. It goes from 10 to 16
years life expectancy. There are health issues facing the breed, but there are also health
tests that help with that. Some of the more serious
ones are cerebellar ataxia, heart disease, hip dysplasia, and those are just some of the big ones. But yeah there definitely are
health concerns in the breed. And that’s why you
really need to be careful and screen everything
you can on the breed. The AmStaff makes for an amazing pet. It’s wonderful with kids. It is a more active breed, so you do definitely
wanna start ’em young, get ’em out, socializing,
training, exercising is a big thing with an AmStaff. They’re very smart, so you really want to
use that to your ability, which is getting in
training as much as you can. They can do anything that you ask of ’em. I would not recommend this
breed for a first time dog owner because it does require a lot of training. And most people, it seems, don’t
wanna invest all that time. So if you’re not really committed, then I would say definitely
not for a first time dog owner. This is for somebody
that’s experienced in dogs. It can be dog aggressive. There are certain ones
that definitely are not, but it can be dog aggressive. To really get the best outta your dog, it’s the training from day one. Training with the socialization
with other animals, with people, with places, with sounds. Exercise is huge because when
the AmStaff is not exercised, it can be destructive,
and you don’t want that. So you really wanna be out exercise him and working his mental state. I think obedience training from the get-go is your foundation to set you
and your dog up for success. So you really wanna start off as puppies, and puppy socialization, and then work your way through it. But that’s what’s gonna get your bond, and your dog really to listen to you, and be a great pet for you. The perfect dog owner
for me for this breed is somebody that’s 100% committed to the breed. With getting it out there, promoting it in a positive manner. Somebody that’s doing
the time, exercising it. That’s getting in the
obedience classes from puppy. That’s starting to do performance things as the puppy gets older. And it doesn’t stop, you just keep going. You keep working you and your dog. The typical temperament is
very athletic, outgoing, they can be really silly
and goofy at times. But really devoted to their owners. And really their main thing
is they wanna make you happy. And they wanna be with you. 100%, they want to be with their owner. So to fully satisfy the breed, the American Staffordshire Terrier, it’s best to get them out at
least 30 minutes to an hour to exercise at least three
to four times a week. As well as little small
intervals of training, you know? Every other day. Just working the dog. I’m a firm believer in crate training. I believe that if you
do the crate training make it a positive thing. Put toys in there. Don’t use it ever as a punishment tactic. Then crate training is very
beneficial for this breed. Crate training is you don’t have to worry about them being destructive,
because if they aren’t, if they’re out loose, it’s very possible that they get bored and they could be destructive. But with crate training they do have time to just relax in there. It’s very good while you’re traveling if you like to take your
dog everywhere like I do then it’s a comfort spot for them, it’s a safe place so it works really well. Then here’s the other thing, like say you’re not able to
watch that puppy all the time. Well you want it to be safe
and not get into things ’cause puppies tend to
want to eat everything, they can possibly chew
on electrical cords. So it’s kinda like having a toddler. And you don’t want something
happening to your dog so it’s safest to have it in the crate when you’re not able to
be there with your dog. The first dog I showed you was Best in Show Rare Champion Majestic Staffs California Grand Reserve. He’s a five year old American
Staffordshire Terrier from Black Mass White Stockings. He was imported from Barcelona, Spain. Through a breeder Ismael Rodriguez. He’s a wonderful dog. He, for me, is everything that I could think that I would want in an
American Staffordshire Terrier. He’s very easy to train. He’s very in tune with me and eager to please. And that’s one of the
reasons that I bred him and have his two puppies, which I also showed you. Which one of ’em was Kicker. Kicker is out of a Gaff female that I really wanted to get
back into Pam Carter’s line. One of the main reasons is temperament, because she has excellent temperament and she always carried a lot
of bone and head in her line. He’s a fawn black mask
male, 11 months old. And he has just the best qualities, the temperament is there, the head is beautiful on that puppy. He has a really good, and I
would say working ability. Because he’s very easy to train. He wants, he’s very eager to please me. And that’s a big thing with me
on the dogs that I would keep ’cause I want the ones that
are gonna be easy to train and easy to live with. The next dog is Bay City’s
Here Comes the Tank, Frank the Tank. The large bore and bull. Reverse brindle male. He’s very goofy, silly dog. He moves beautifully,
he’s got tons of bone, beautiful headpiece, and he’s Major pointed as well. He went out on his first weekend and took a Major from the classes. Best of Breed over special. So I couldn’t be prouder of that puppy. He’s a wonderful puppy. Moving forward for me
myself with the breed, I wanna be fully involved. Doing everything I can, from performance events,
to confirmation events, to getting them out and doing some therapy
work with the breed. Whatever positive things that I personally can do with them, I wanna do that. If somebody’s looking
to get into the breed, I say go all the way with it, you know? It’s not, the American
Staffordshire Terrier isn’t just a dog because it’s
had so much bad publicity. And so I think it’s really important to do everything that you can from the time that they’re puppies. And get yourself involved with
breeding clubs and mentors. Some of the mentors that I have, Pam Carter, Greg Roadhouse,
Benny Cheeks, Steven Cabral, they helped me tremendously
the past twenty years. And those are the ones that
are really gonna get you where you wanna be, is your mentors. It’s very important to
have mentors in the breed.


  1. Weird that someone who breeds dogs for nearly a quarter of a century doesn't know how to pronounce the name of her own breed.

  2. Hello, is it possible to contact you. I would like to talk to you about your Amstaffs, my email is [email protected] I live in Arizona and everything I see out is the Bully Breed and I'm not a fan. Me and my wife have AMstaff that is 7 years old and he is get but maybe later I may try and find a true breeder for later. Please shoot me a email and hopefully we can talk soon.
    Thanks Darryl

  3. Hey guys ..ok I am deciding on buying a dog..& addicted to watching all videos of the channel …😂 this will be my first dog…

    I have a question whenever I see the video clips of people showing the dog…the owners have this thin metal leash around the dog…& I can't help to think if it is uncomfortable …so can anyone weigh in & answer this for me….like i said it'll be my first don't know many things…trying to learn as much as possible before I go ahead & buy…

    Also, Zeke..god bless you brother! thank you for making such good videos… 😊🙏🏽

  4. Anybody knows the difference between this breed and the pit bull? I don’t know a lot about dogs and these dogs look similar?

  5. So, our family is looking to get a dog maybe next year, but deciding on the breed is difficult… Any suggestions? I live in the UK. It has to be great with kids, short haired, small to medium sized, and have an off switch.

  6. At 2:50, she discusses a bit of the history. She says that they crossed the Bulldog with the White Terrier. I saw two great videos on this breed by Dogumentary TV that featured Diane Jessup and Richard F. Stratton. Both of them basically said that the American Pit Bull was the Bulldog. They even mentioned Pit Bulls being involved in bull baiting and work with bulls that the Bulldogs of that time would have done. Stratton went into more detail questioning and explaining why the idea of dogs needing to be crossed with Terrier to make them more game or more agile did not really add up. I am not exactly sure which is correct, but I lean more towards going with Jessup and Stratton. I am not criticizing this individual or saying she does not know what she is talking about, because Stratton said that is the history most people go with that seems to be more of the origins of the Bull Terrier that got confused with the American Pit Bull. I just wanted to point that out.

  7. I think some dog breeds are spliced in a lab and put to into a seregate. If not how long does it take to come up with a new breed like the American Bully with all that muscle

  8. To everyone saying this is a reupload, I thought the same at first, but this is a totally different video. Same guest and dogs, but different topic. The first was living with Amstaffs, this is all about Amstaffs.

  9. I Hate when people say these are pitbulls. They are not the American pitbull terrier. They are two different breeds

  10. 30-60 min walks four times a week, is that beeing an active owner in USA?
    I think most dog owners i know and have heard of walk their dogs atleast three times a day. Of those walks one would be about 40-120 mins and the others 15-60 mins.
    I have no clue how much time the same people spend on mental stimulation between walks though.

  11. while i like to leave my dogs ears and tails Natural i will say whoever cropped her dogs ears did a nice job!!
    Beautiful breed!

  12. In the 90’s I owned an AKC registered Amstaff male that looked nothing like these animals. If I remember correctly, he was a cross of two different lines (Barway and Camelot) and his breeder was someone named Judith Height (not sure of spelling). My dog was very large, 103 lbs showing ribs, super athletic and could face alongside a Doberman with ease, he was long legged, wide chested, giant neck, large head and long muzzle with gigantic teeth, especially his fangs. He was a solid red, red nosed dog with green eyes. Highly man and dog aggressive. I have never seen any AmStaff like him since.

  13. If you want a pitbull with more mass and less animal aggression, here ya go. Would much prefer one of these than a bully.

  14. A vet and talking about promoting the breed, then condones cutting the ears? Shame on ya, we shouldn't cosmetically enhance the dogs just for our preference. Even though it does look good on them. BTW, I'm a staff owner.

  15. My baby is 7 months and I got her when she was almost 2 months.
    She was my first pet and it required alot of patience and time to train her.

  16. This is a breeder, and not to be confused with the backyard breeder. She has a good idea what her desires are as to physical type according to what the AKC, UKC and other such organizations have deemed the breed represent. She tests her animals so they are as free as possible of genetic defects. Her eye is sharpened from showing in the AKC show ring. She breeds for temperament and to improve the breed in general and not to produce freakish over-done examples. She doesn't breed to buy new rims for her car. This is who you buy a dog from when you actually care.

  17. Hey, awesome video! Will you do one on the miniature schnauzer? I'm getting one in a few weeks:) I know you guys usually do larger dogs but it would be really cool

  18. I don’t get how she has 6 dogs of this breed, and it needs exercise. This woman does not look like a good match for this breed at all

  19. My staff is 10 she is the best saved my ass more then one time treat them right and thay got ur back hands down

  20. None of them look like they did 70 years ago and none of their modern breeders care about the standard or the history of the breed.

    This breed looks more like an American Bully than it does a pit bull (which they are literally the show version of).

  21. As a subscriber to your channel, I would like to see if you would be interested in doing a dogumentary on our dog called a Peruvian Incan Orchid. Let us know if you ever in the east coast!

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