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American Staffordshire Terrier

The Staffordshire Terrier is a cousin of the American Pit Bull Terrier. These dogs were originally bred to be fighting dogs, but have since become a very popular breed for home owners because of their loyalty and the affection that they show if raised properly. The 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.

Grooming for these dogs is pretty minimal. They are short-haired, so they are not prone to the same shedding or diseases that other longer haired dogs are. Check with your local authorities for laws regarding owning this breed.

American Staffordshire Terrier Breed Outline

Dog Group:Terrier
Size:Medium
Height:14-16 inches
Weight:24-37lbs
Colors:They can be red, fawn, white, black, blue, brindle or any of these with white in color.
Other Names:Amstaff, Staffie
Litter Size:4
Life Span:9-15 years
Personality:Devoted, gentle and loving. They make excellent guard dogs and protectors of property. They are known for their strength and courage.

Grooming Requirements:Weekly brushing
Shedding:Moderate
Social skills:These dogs need early socialization.
Suitable 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. They 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:This is a very hardy breed. Eye problems may occur in older dogs.

Negative Characteristics:Stubbornness, aggression toward dogs of the same sex and other animals.


American Staffordshire Terrier Owners Talk...
American Staffordshire Terrier Owner Reviews 1

"...My wife and daughter saw a brindle AmStaff that had a look of sunshine and love in his eyes with this clown's grin from ear to ear. I met him and I fell in love with him too. Four months later, we got another one. They are master popcorn consumers, and the most loyal of dogs. I had bred Dobermans and German Shepherds for years and for some reason I love these guys more. These guys have such intelligence and offer such selfless companionship it is uncanny...."  All Reviews [...]

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