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American Staffordshire Terrier

  Medium Breed

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  Country of Origin The American Staffordshire Terrier was developed in the USA in the 1800s
  Ancestry The American Staffordshire Terrier is likely a combination between the Bulldog and the English  Smooth Terrier or other Terriers.  It was originally called the Bull Terrier and later named the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.  The American Staffordshire Terrier is the larger cousin of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. 
Original  Function Dog fighting, bull baiting and guarding
  Height at Shoulder Female 17-18"
Male 18-19"
  Weight 57-67 lbs
  Lifespan 14 Years
  Coat The American Staffordshire Terrier has a short, smooth coat in a variety of solid and mixed colors of white, black, tan and liver.
  Tail Relatively short, undocked, smooth tail.
  Head Strong, broad head with distinctive cheek muscles that give the appearance of a round head.
  Ears Smallish ears that are sometimes cropped.  Held half or fully pricked.
  Related Breeds Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Mastiff, Bullmastiff, Bull Terrier, Miniature Bull Terrier, Bull Dog, Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Boston Terrier
  Alternative Names American Pit Bull Terrier, Pit Bull Terrier, Pit Bull
  Nicknames Pit, AmStaff


  Grooming: Short, smooth coat requires minimal grooming. 
Exercise requirements: Moderate. 
  Aggression: The American Staffordshire Terrier, along with its close relatives were bred to fight other dogs and can be very aggressive towards strange dogs.  It is a guardian breed and can be aggressive if it is protecting family or property. 
  Temperament: The American Staffordshire Terrier is a tough, independent, stubborn and, occasionally, aggressive breed.  Individuals can be quick to fight and slow to disengage particularly with dogs they do not know.  With proper breeding, training and care, they can also be friendly, playful and affectionate companions. 
  Owner requirement: Owners of the American Staffordshire Terrier need to be firm, consistent and physically strong.  They should be willing to provide ample training, exercise and socialization.  They should also be prepared to deal with the concerns of other dog owners and the general public.  The American Staffordshire Terrier, although a popular breed, is not the right dog for most people. 
  Trainability Moderate
  Health concerns Canine hip dysplasia (CHD), patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)
  Environmental requirements: The American Staffordshire Terrier has moderate tolerance for heat and cold. 
  Feeding requirements: No special requirements
AKC: American Kennel Club USA: Terriers
         since 1936 as the Staffordshire Terrier
         since 1972 as the American Staffordshire Terrier
CKC: Canadian Kennel Club: Group3-Terriers
FCI: Fédération Cynologique Internationale: Group 3-Terriers/Section 3-Bull type Terriers/Breed 286
ANKC: Australian National Kennel Council: Group 2- Terriers
NZKC: New Zealand Kennel Club: Terrier
ADBA: American Dog Breeders Association*
The American Staffordshire Terrier like its close relatives are much more the bulldog and much less the terrier.  Some enthusiasts insist it is not a terrier at all.  The American Staffordshire Terrier is a stocky, muscular dog with a large, broad head.  The American Staffordshire Terrier is courageous and strong like its ancestors which, unfortunately, became popular as fighting dogs in the dog 'pits.' 

Whereas pit bull used to be a generic term for any dog who fought in a pit, it is now commonly used as a generic term for a variety of dogs of a particular physical build but of varying sizes.   The UK in the US registers the American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) which is essentially the same dog as the American Staffordshire Terrier.  These are different from the AKC's smaller Staffordshire Bull Terrier and very different from the Bull Terrier and Miniature Bull Terrier with their elongated nose and large prick ears.  

Although the history of the American Staffordshire Terrier is somewhat murky, it is likely the result of a Bulldog crossed with a Terrier in England in the 1800s.  The resulting 'Bull Terrier' was renamed the 'Staffordshire Bull Terrier' and imported to the US in the late 1800s.  The American version was bred to be larger and was renamed the American Staffordshire Terrier. 

The American Staffordshire Terrier is strong and muscular and can be intimidating.  It can be a lusty puller on leash and requires early socialization with other dogs and plenty of training.  As a protective breed, the American Staffordshire Terrier can be perfectly docile and friendly at home with the family and be yet be aggressive towards other dogs. 

The American Staffordshire Terrier can be quick to engage another dog when it feels challenged and difficult to disengage once a fight has begun. This quality of 'gameness' was prized in fighting dogs but can become a problem for a family companion. Prospective owners should take the time and care to select a responsible breeder who breeds for conformation but also for a friendly and calm temperament. 

* The ADBA, American Dog Breeders Association has been a registry for American Pit Bull Terriers.  It opened registration to all purebred dogs from other registries in 2006.

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