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Hi Folks, 
I'm new here. I'm looking at getting an Amstaff puppy. I currently have a 7 and a half year old pembroke corgi furchild and 3 human children. 
I'm hoping to do some kind of dog sport with the pup - obedience and agility. Would an Amstaff be suited to agility? Are they easy to socialize? I have a lot of friends who have a variety of dogs and we regularly walk our dogs together or meet up at the dog park. My Corgi is very well socalized and loves other dogs so I expect he will not be an issue introducing a new pup to the house. 
Are Amstaffs easily trainable? 

I've also seen they can vary hugely in price. Ranging from about $1800 - $4000/$5000 
At what point is a price considered unreasonably low? or unreasonably high? What sort of things should I look for when searching for a reputable breeder?  

Sorry for all the questions. I just want to ensure we get the right pup for us, from a reputable well established breeder. And there seems to be a lot of contradictory information on the interwebs. 

Regards, 
Xander. 

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I can't answer a lot of your questions but I have a friend who used to do agility with her Amstaffs. They could certainly do it but my understanding is that they didn't have the same level of drive and enthusiasm for it that some other breeds have. I seem to recall her telling me about them refusing to run if they thought it was too warm too. She still has one senior Amstaff (sadly her other two have passed away) but has switched to having working breed dogs for agility now. 

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Haha refusing to run if its to warm. Love it. It would def be a casual thing for me if I were to do agility, but I'd be happy with obedience and a different activity. Mostly just want an activity that'll get me out more, my Corgi is great but he is a bit of a slacker.

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I would definitely not describe them as ‘easy to socialise’. Personally I would not recommend them for an owner who wanted to frequent the dog park- it’s not a context they easily enjoy or cope with. 

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as it grows up your corgi could be at risk, they tend enjoy a scrap, its what they were bred for.

certainly not herding

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And im ready to put the flame suit on but if you want to refer to & raise your Amstaff like a Furbaby please dont get one .
I have friends who where heavily involved in the breed including obedience .running classes for Am Staff owners & there biggest heartbreak each week where owners who brought the breed for all the wrong reasons & did not respect what they are & felt they could create something different because it was going to be there Furbaby .
There dogs where amazing ambassadors,social,manners to be proud off .The best dog often played with mine in the BIS line up & i never had any concerns as i knew they where owners /breeders who i totally respected ,there have been others off the breed i keep a nice gap .

We board alot of Am Staffs lovely dogs BUT most off the owners have created monsters by not giving them the boundries they deserve & respect to be an amazing dog .Dogs are products off there owners & if you as an owner cant tick the boxes off the breed then no dont get one .
I love them as a breed & the right dog & owner are a great fit ,plenty here come in boarding with smaller mates with no drama's BUT the owners where alos prepare for the what ifs & respected that they are a big machine in a little package & learning manners & self control as a baby so important
One has spoilt the dog so much it has major anxiety issues & this breed can Scream .There neighbours have spoken too them numerous times & i totally feel for the neighbours this dogs scream is blood curdling .

As for price this is a breed that comes with health testing i would be wanting a breeder who health tests,i would want a breeder who explains all the cons before the pros & i would want to source a breeder whose not got the macho attitude & has respect for the breed & wants there puppy owners to be well informed & set up for success & i would want to meet there dogs & see the kind of natures they display

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