The American Staffordshire Terrier is a medium sized, short coated, muscular dog that was developed in the US.
It's origins lie in England, from where British settlers brought the Staffordshire Bull Terrier to the US and is was further developed as the distinct breed we know as the American Staffordshire Terrier.
The American Staffordshire Terrier History
The Staffordshire Terrier was brought to the US with the British settlers as farm dog, family pet, fighting dog and guard dogs.
As time passed two breeds where formed: the American Pitbull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier through breeding specific traits. The two have become considered different breeds sharing the same background.
The American Staffordshire Terrier was developed by farmers and settlers for all around farm work, hunting wild game, guarding, and companionship.
American Staffordshire Terriers were first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936. They are a member of the Terrier and Molosser groups.
American Staffordshire Terrier Appearance
Body: American Staffordshire Terriers are very muscular dogs with a thick-set body. Compared to their size, they should give a very strong impression. The back is short and strong and the ribs are well vaulted. The tail is short in proportion to the size of the dog. It starts low and runs into a point. The tail should not be curled nor carried along the back. The breast is very deep. Because the width of the chest, the frontlegs are set wide apart. They are based straight on its compact feet and are round boned. The mediocre neck is heavy, free of loose skin and is slightly curved.
Head: the head is medium in size, with a broad skull and developed cheek muscles. The stop is clear and the jaws are clearly signed. The medium snout has well fitting lips. The ears are highly set and are partly upright or partly folded worn backwards. The round eyes are low and set very wide apart. American Staffordshire Terriers have a scissorbite.
Height at Withers: The preferred height at the withers for dogs is 45.7 to 48.3 centimeters and bitches may be 43.2 to 45.7 centimeters. A good balance between height and weight is more important.
Weight: in ratio with height and weight, preferably between 16.8 to 22.7 kg.
Coat: the short and stiff feeling coat holds course flat against the skin and must shine.
Colors: every coat color is allowed. Whole white, more than 80% white, black and tan and liver color are not well accepted on exhibitions. The most common colors are various shades brindle, red and fawn, with or without white markings or a black mask.
American Staffordshire Terrier Temperament
Character: the Am Staff as they are called by lovers is a fair, extrovert, unpretentious, affectionate, active and inquisitive dogs. They are watchful, very courageous and tenacious, and quite hard on themselves. They are very loyal to their families and usualy also obedient. Males of this breed could be somewhat dominant.
Social Build: Am Staffs potentially go well with children and are very tolerant, but because of their inquisitiveness, it is mainly for larger children that they are good playmates. Dealing with peers can cause problems. In particular, the dogs can be confronting, although it is closely linked to the extent to which the dog is socialised and raised. A well raised Am Staff will protect house and surroundings, but does not have a unfriendly policy towards people he does not know. Nevertheless, if his family is threatened, he will deal with it convincingly. Once socialised with cats and other pets he can handle them with little or no problems.
American Staffordshire Terrier Socially
Care: the necessary coat care of this breed is minimal. Every now and then you can use a rubber massage brush or glove to massage out any loose fur.
Education: dogs of this breed have an intelligent and inquiring mind. Therefore they can learn very rapidly and usually also like to see a variety in missions. This type of dog doesn't do well with too agreeable or erratic people, or people who have little experience with dogs. Am Staffs are strong as an ox and when they do not experience enough leadership, especially the walk would be no fun. The education must therefore already begin at a young age and the owner must be very consistent. Teach the pup that he cannot pull on his leach - and if it appears necessary - use a strong pollicy against mallicious behaviour to other dogs.
Activity: AmStaffs are active dogs and they can run and play tirelessly for hours. They need quite a lot of movement, although they do nothing annoying when their owners decline for a day for once in a while. In a wide garden where the dog can play with a ball or something like it, he may partly sustain himself in needs for exsersize. Ballgames are favourite for many Am Staffs and also running alongside the bicycle and swimming are all suitable forms of exercise for this dog.
Usability: with the right owner this breed can be a excellent participate in various sports. There are many examples of Am Staffs that have achieved obedience diplomas. On a small scale, there are dogs of this breed successfully deployed for serious working tasks, such as avalanche rescue dog and even as guidance dog for the blind.
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