The American Staffordshire Terrier is a medium-sized breed of dog. It is very muscular and has a short coat. This breed started getting recognition in late 20th century and since the dog descends from England, this one was named as the American Staffordshire Terrier to differentiate from the Staffordshire Terrier found in England.
It belongs to the pit bull group and has similar characteristic as them. Although it looks menacing, it is actually a very intelligent and loveable dog to have. Besides the official name, a lot of people refer to this breed as to Amstaff.
American Staffordshire Terrier History & Origins
The American Staffordshire Terrier has its earliest most roots in Birmingham. This early ancestor of this breed was then bred as a bulldog and then brought to Staffordshire. There they crossbred the dog with different types of terriers, like the White English Terrier, Fox Terrier, or the Black and Tan Terrier. The result was of those the Staffordshire bull terrier.
In early 1850s, these dogs were brought to America from England. The breed went through some changes there and was eventually recognized as an independent breed in 1898 by the United Kennel Club. In 1936 these dogs were officially recognized by American Pit Bull Terrier which also established their name. The difference between the Staffordshire bull terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier is that the latter is heavier and a bit bigger in size.
Characteristics & Temperament
The American Staffordshire Terrier may have an intimidating look due to its muscle tone, but is actually very loveable and affectionate. They like being around people and like spending their time with their family and their owner. These dogs are the happiest when they get to play around with them. They serve as guard dogs, but they have a tendency to befriend strangers. But due to their look they can fend off unwanted visitors. A lot of people said that they are also a really good judge of character. This helps them to distinguish friend from foe.
They are athletic and muscular dogs and are very strong. So it can be difficult to walk them as they might pull and struggle. They need a confident and an assertive trainer. You have to teach them discipline early on and give them a lot of experiences so they learn. If they are not given the attention they derive they may start chewing and biting furniture and even be aggressive at times. But make sure to spend a lot of time with them and provide them room to exercise. They also work well with kids and can also form an attachment with them.
American Staffordshire Terrier Appearance, Colors, Size
The American Staffordshire Terrier has a muscular build and a stocky appearance. Their legs are not so long and they do have balanced bodies in terms of weight and size. They are usually between 18 and 19 inches high, for males, or 17 to 18 for females. Their weight spans between 40 to 60 pounds.
There are a variety of colors that the American Staffordshire Terrie can have. These include blue, fawn, white, black, and red. There are also mixed colorations like white and other colors or a mix of white and brindle. These combinations are not encouraged but they are accepted in some situations.
When it comes to health conditions, the American Staffordshire Terrier has a few issues which affects similarly all Bulldog and Terrier types of dogs. Their lifespan is estimated to be at around 12 years, but if you have a healthy dog, you may look to extend this cycle by a bit.
Some conditions that might affect this breed more than the other ones are skin allergies, urinary tract infections, and autoimmune diseases, while spondylosis and osteoarthritis may occur in the later years of a dog’s life.
American Staffordshire Terrier Grooming & Shedding
The American Staffordshire terrier has two major shedding periods. They happen during traditional periods and it is when you have to take care of your dog by brushing its hair. But luckily, during the rest of the year they are minimal shedders. Brushing your dog should be done on a weekly basis. It will help him stiff and glossy coat of your Amstaff remain nice and neat.
You should not have to bathe your dog too often. They can get dirty and it is then when you can do soma additional an unscheduled bathing. In any another situation you really do not need to bathe them more than a few times a year. They do not have so much of a doggy odor as well. Other grooming that you can provide them with include nail clipping and dental hygiene.
Price and Breeders
An American Staffordshire Terrier puppy costs somewhere between 800 and 1,000 dollars. These dogs are now spread across America and it does not require too much effort to find them. You can any kind of a quality breeder and get one of yours.
American Staffordshire Terrier Rescue
Adopting and American Staffordshire Terrier is also easy to do. Quality breeders have spread themselves across America and rescue groups as well. This means that a variety of groups such as Save-A-Bull Rescue, have a variety of offers to prove. Check their pages out and do yourself and the dog a favor by rescuing it.