When I was “given” this dog as a little pup as a “gift” I never asked for, his cute little puppy face melted my heart. I had never had a dog as a pet prior, not anytime as a responsible adult, at any rate. I didn’t know anything about the breed or the requirements the dog itself has. I never worried about socialization because he was always so sweet to every other animal, even cats, and all humans hw would meet. I foolishly thought my dog must be one of the good ones naturally. That all changed one day at around a year old. His temperament toward anyone he had not already met became very distrustful and though I won’t say aggressive, he became very standoffish toward new people, enough so that people would be afraid of him. To this day, he has never attacked anyone, nor do I believe he would, but new people are not interested in giving him much of a chance, and even though I do not believe he would attack somebody new, I do not know that he never would. So far as other animals go, if he knew them before he decided anyone or any new animals were a reason to get riled up, then they are and always will be friends in his eyes, same with people, he’s never forgotten a friend he met as a pup. He is a difficult dog now, and I blame myself, I had no idea what I was getting into, but if you’ve ever had an AmStaff then you know, when he looks at you with those eyes or cuddles up to you on his back all four legs up in the air and snores like an old man, there is no going back, no rejoining to another with more experience with the breed, none of that is even an option. For better or worse, you can never get rid of your AmStaff, it doesn’t matter how much you love them or how you might be doing the right thing by rehoming him, because it was never about loving him, but always about him loving you, only you and your household, and nobody else. I’m bonded with my dog, if I were to send him to another to live with, I know his heart would be as broken as mine, I know the new owner would underestimate him. I think a stranger / new owner, in a situation such as that, would end up being either being bitten or intimidated, just for not being me. That or he would escape, likely never to be seen again. Smalls is my best friend, there isn’t a thing I wouldn’t do for him, except regime him. It wouldn’t end well for him. He is smart, stubborn, always trying to creep into the alpha spot. For example, when it’s time to come in from being outside, if he isnt ready yet, he will ignore me when I ask if he’s ready to come inside, turning his back to me and finding something to appear busy doing so I won’t make him come inside. Only one of two things will work when he is trying to be the boss. One is food, any kind of food, anything at all, a little piece of bread, some trimmed fat from steaks on the grill, even a single piece of dog food he will instantly become super obedient sitting properly and waiting for the nomnoms. The other is if I drop the sweet talk asking if he is ready to come inside yet, I don’t have to yell or stomp or chase him around like a crazy person, I just speak in a monotone flat voice and say, come inside now. He will come right inside without further delay. They say bad owners make bad dogs. I am probably a bad owner, but well intended. Smalls has never been a bad dog, just a kind and loving and stubborn and possibly overly protective dog, but not at all a bad dog.