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American Staffordshire Terrier Puppies
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.
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.
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.
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:
American Staffordshire Terrier
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