The breed was originally called the Staffordshire Terrier and its modern name of American Staffordshire Terrier was introduced to avoid confusion. The breed is a cousin of the American Pit Bull Terrier bred to be fighting dogs. When the American Kennel Club gave the breed new name it insisted that any animal registered with the AKC could never be used in organized dog fighting. The Amstaff has become a very popular breed because of his loyalty and the affection that he shows if raised properly.
The American Staffordshire Terrier is an average of 15 inches tall and weighs up to 80 pounds. Training for these dogs is very critical and should be completed at an early age. With those he loves, he is docile, gentle, and obedient. But one should bear in mind that these dogs have a potential for ferocity in their genetic background.
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American Staffordshire Terrier Breed Outline
Other Names: Amstaff
Country of Origin: United States
Registration: FCI Classification: Group 3-Terriers; Bull type Terriers; AKC Classification: Terrier Group
Colors: Any color, solid, particolor, or patched is permissible; but more than 80% white, black and tan, and liver not to be encouraged.
Litter Size: 4
Life Span: 9-15 years
Grooming Requirements: Weekly brushing
Personality: Devoted, gentle and loving. They make excellent guard dogs and protectors of property. They are known for their strength and courage. His courage is proverbial.
Social skills: These dogs need early socialization.
Suitability for Children: Their stable temperament makes them a very reliable companion for children, especially when they are raised around kids from an early age.
Exercise Needs: Amstaffs are high energy dogs and need plenty of exercise.
Train Ability: Easy to train. Amstaffs compete successfully in agility, fly-ball, obedience and working trials. Since these dogs tend to be dominant, early obedience training is a must. They are sensitive to 'harsh correction', so training must be approached in a gentle way.
Health & Behavioral Issues: This is a very hardy breed. Eye problems may occur in older dogs.