American Staffordshire Terriers
Height: 17 - 19 inches.
Weight: 40 - 79 lbs.
Life Span: 10 - 12 years
Litter Size: 5 - 10
Country of Origin: United States of America
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.
Guard-dog: Very High
Description: 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.
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Other Names: Am Staff Terrier
Colors: All colors, except no more then 80% white. Liver and black/tan is not encouraged. They can be solid, parti-colored, or patched.
Coat: Smooth, short, dense and stiff.
Temperament: American 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.
With Children: Yes, if raised with as a puppy.
With Pets: Has a high prey drive and may be aggressive to cats, rabbits and other household pets, even more aggressive towards other dog of the same sex.
Special Skills: Watchdog and family pet.
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.
Learning Rate: High, Obedience - Low, Problem Solving - Low
Special Needs: Exercise, fenced yard, leashed, socialization, and training.
Living Environment: A home with a fenced yard or kennel is essential. The American Staffordshire Terrier is not a breed for the placate or the overbearing personalities. American Staffordshire Terriers adapts well to both urban and country living. The best owner is an active, experienced family or individual.
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
History: The American Staffordshire Terrier was recently recognized (1936) as a distinct breed from the American Pit Bull Terrier and has been bred separate from them for the past 60 years. The American Staffordshire Terrier descends from the fighting pits of England and America. A variety of breeds were used to develop the "Amstaff" including the Bull Terrier, the Old English White Terrier, the Black and Tan, the Bulldog, the Mastiff, the Pointer, the Dalmatian and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Their name was changed from the Staffordshire Terrier to the American Staffordshire Terrier in 1972 to differentiate them from AKC's newly recognized Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Since their days in the pits, avid AmStaff owners have been trying to promote other characteristics of this breed. For example the American Staffordshire served the United States during WWI, with one named "Stubby" becoming the most decorated war dog and earning the rank of sergeant. In "The Little Rascals" the kids had an American Staffordshire Terrier they called "Pete". Even with their fighting background these dogs can be amazingly gentle and patient with children and adults alike. But American Staffordshire Terriers can be potentially lethal with other dog and animals.
First Registered by the AKC: 1936
AKC Group: Terrier
Registries: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 3), KC (GB), UKC