One of the reasons for chosing this breed has been their good health. However we'd like to point out to everyone which problems can occur in the breed:

  • Dogs who suffer from the disease pass through a terrible period in which they lose the to control over their movements. Fortunately, there is now a test for this condition. Dogs are free, carrier or affected by the disease, and the simple rule of inheritance makes it easy to prevented puppies being born that are affected by this disease. Ataxia is determined through a DNA test by a limited number of laboratories who issue a certificate.
  • Hip displasy is a disease of the hip joint, for example a shallow bowl or not connecting, or deformation. This condition is only partly genetically determined. Other things influence it, especially during growth, such as sound movement, good nutrition and avoiding obesity. The Amstaff is sometimes less susceptible to this disease than other races by their powerful muscles that support the joint. Yet it is easy to verify that the parents are tested and the results were taken into account in breeding. Hip dysplasia is officially assessed by the Dutch Kennel Club based on x-ray pictures. Ask for the official certificate. The official result is also reported on the pedigree of the offspring.
  • Elbow displasy is a disease of the elbow joint. It is a collective term for a variety of disease that make the life of a dog an agony. Like hip dysplasia, this condition is partly hereditary and partly determined by other influences, and again it is easy to verify that parents are tested. Elbow displasy is officially assessed by the Dutch Kennel Club based on x-ray pictures. Ask for the official certificate. The official result is also reported on the pedigree of the offspring.
  • Heart Disease can occur in different variations. The best way to check this is an echo. There is no recognized certification in the Netherlands, so evidence for this study can vary from a statement from the vet, a certificate of Genetic Counselling Services or a certificate from the American Orthopedic Foundation for Animals organization.
  • Skin problems are fairly common within the breed. In most cases they are not very serious and transient, especially during the first two years. Because of their short coat, the probelms  are quite visible in Amtaffs, and they are sensitive to external influences such as heat, insects, etc. Some problems may have a hereditary background, others are individual. Determining the history and reason for problems is unfortunately difficult. Proper care offers an important basis to avoid problems. 

 

For more information about these conditions please refer to the site of the breed ASTCH

 

You will find more on our measures under the heading Breeding program. We ourselves highly value, both for people and dogs in our family, good and natural care in all aspects. How we care for our dogs, is described in detail in a guide for puppy buyers, that we gladly share with everyone.You can download the document here.