American Staffordshire Terrier

A loyal, friendly, family dog

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Description

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Life Expectancy
10-12 years
Learning Rate
High
Litter Size
5 to 10
Size
Medium
Weight
Dogs: 57-67 pounds
Bitches: 45-55 pounds
Height
Dogs: 17-19 inches
Bitches: 16-18 inches
Other Names
AmStaff
Country of Origin
USA in the 19th century
Groups
AKC Terriers, FCI Group III.: Terriers
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The American Staffordshire Terrier is a very muscular, stocky, yet agile dog. It is extremely strong for its size. It has a broad, powerful head, short muzzle, and very strong jaws.

The American Staffordshire Terrier is powerful, reliable, and very protective. With its own family it is devoted, gentle and loving. This dog is courageous and a tenacious fighter if provoked. Training can be a challenge because of its pushy yet sensitive character.

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Its natural temperament towards people is gentle and loving, unfortunately some have been improperly handled giving the American Staffordshire Terrier a bad rap. It should never be confused with the Pit Bull Terrier. Classed by AKC as “American Staffordshire Terrier” and by UKC as “American Pit Bull Terrier.” American Staffordshire Terriers are generally of larger bone structure, head size and weight then their cousin the American Pit Bull Terrier.

Temperament

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The American Staffordshire Terrier is a good-natured, amusing, extremely loyal and affectionate family dog. It is good with children and adults. It is a courageous and persistent fighter if provoked. It needs firm, kind training to control this instinct; its basic temperament towards people is gentle and loving.

It is almost always obedient; this dog wants nothing more then to please its master. It can be difficult to housebreak. This is not a dog for a timid owner; it needs a firm, consistent, but gentle hand. This breed is an intelligent, excellent watchdog and guard dog that is very full of life. This dog is highly protective of its owner and the owner’s property; it will fight an enemy to the death.

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It has given outstanding results as a guardian of property, but is at the same time esteemed as a companion dog. It is very important to socialize this dog very thoroughly when young to combat aggressive tendencies and be sure to keep the dog under control when other dogs are present. This breed has a very high tolerance for pain. American Staffordshire Terrier dogs must have plenty of regular exercise, but keep them leashed in public to avoid fights with other dogs. This is not a breed for placate or overbearing personalities.

Colors

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Red, fawn, white, black or blue, with white, any shade of brindle.

Coat

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Smooth, short and dense. It is easy to groom. Brush on a regular basis with a firm bristle brush, and bathe or dry shampoo as necessary. A rub with a piece of toweling or chamois will make the coat gleam. This breed is an average shedder.

Health Issuess

Health Issues

Generally a very healthy breed. Some are prone to hip dysplasia and hereditary cataracts.  To help prevent the chance of hip dysplasia developing make sure your dog is on a healthy, well proportioned diet, and avoid excessive running and jumping while still a puppy as this can be hard on the developing joints. Prone to hives caused by stress or insect bites. This is due to the coat of the American Staffordshire Terrier being so short, the skin is often exposed to the elements and the outside environment. To minimize the risk of your American Staffordshire Terrier developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a puppy from a reputable breeder.

Living Environment

The Staffordshire Terrier will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. It is very active indoors and will do okay without a yard. It does best with a fenced yard. Adapts well to both urban and country living.

Living environment

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