Thinking about purchasing an American Staffordshire Terrier? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the American Staffordshire Terrier breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis.
Fundamental requirements for a being a good American Staffordshire Terrier owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the American Staffordshire Terrier and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an American Staffordshire Terrier Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new American Staffordshire Terrier and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
American Staffordshire Terrier Breed Profile
The American Staffordshire Terriers are much like The American Pit Bull Terrier. They are medium-sized, compact, stocky, and muscular. They have a broad skull, medium-length muzzle, and a strong jaw - needed for their job as a guardian. American Staffordshire Terriers have broad, deep chests and muscular hindquarters. They are stoic and reliable. Powerful looking with a protective instinct, they will make strangers beware. Yet with their own family they are devoted, gentle and loving. American Staffordshire Terriers should never be confused with the Pit Bull Terrier. They are courageous and a tenacious fighter if provoked. Training can be a challenge because of their pushy yet sensitive character. Their natural temperament towards people is gentle and loving, unfortunately some have been improperly handled, giving the American Staffordshire Terrier a bad reputation.
Other Names: Am Staff Terrier
Height: 17 - 19
Colors: All colors,
except no more then 80% white. Liver and black/tan is not encouraged. They can
be solid, parti-colored, or patched.
Staffordshire Terriers are gentle, friendly, stoic, courageous, intelligent,
determined, tough, and devoted. The American Staffordshire Terrier dogs are
so devoted to their family and friends that they would lay down their life to
protect them. They get along well with children, but do not do so well with
other pets. They can be aggressive with dogs of the same sex, and will try to
hunt any other animals. The AmStaffTer does get along with dogs of a different
sex, however. They are reliable, affectionate, and a high pain tolerance. They
are naturally only aggressive toward other animals and not humans, as they were
bred to be. They were bred to be used to being handled or grabbed by their owners
in even the most fierce of fights.
Watch-dog: Medium, the American
Staffordshire Terrier does not always bark at an intruder and combined with
fearlessness they will not always warn their owners.
American Staffordshire Terrier
Care and Training: Minimal grooming of the American Staffordshire
Terrier coat. Dry shampoo or bathe only when necessary. Rubbing their coat will
make it gleam. Regular daily exercise is necessary. Special training is needed
because of their nature. Quick to learn but needs an assertive regiment.
American Staffordshire Terrier Health Issues: Prone to hives caused by stress or insect bites, cerebellar ataxia - an undefined problem in the part of the brain that controls coordination, PRA (Progressive retinal atrophy) - gradual deterioration of the retina beginning with night blindness and eventually total blindness, allergies, cancer, heart problems, socialization issues, training and hip dysplasia, thyroid problems
Life Span: 10 - 12 years
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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