Staffordshire Terrier

i he early history of the American Staffordshire Terrier was not recorded, but many experts feel the Am Staff and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier share some of the same ancestors, especially the old English Bulldog and perhaps the white English Terrier. These dogs were used in the blood sports of bull and bear baiting. The Am Staff and American Pit Bull Terrier separated into two different breeds many years ago when the Pit Bull was recognized by the UKC and the Am Staff was recognized by the AKC.

The Am Staff is a medium-sized dog standing between 17 and 19 inches tall and weighing between 55 and 70 pounds. The head is blocky with muscular jaws, dark, round eyes, and either cropped or natural ears. The body is muscular, with a deep, wide chest, straight front legs, and a tapered, rather short, but not docked tail. The coat is short and may be any color.

Grooming the Am Staff simply means brushing the dog with a soft bristle brush or curry comb twice a week.

This is an active breed who needs vigorous daily exercise. They do not have the body build of a long-distance runner, however, so the exercise should be long, quick-paced walks, weight-pulling exercise, carting training, or a game of catch and fetch.

The ancestry of Am Staffs includes dogs who were bred to fight and sometimes to fight other dogs. Because of this, Am Staffs often do not get along with other dogs, especially dogs of the same sex. Although early socialization can often temper this reaction, interactions with other dogs should always be closely supervised, and those who show aggression should no longer be allowed to socialize. To prevent potential problems, all exercise should be on leash or within a fenced yard. Am Staffs are excellent watchdogs. They are also gentle and affectionate family dogs who are tolerant of children's rough play. When raised with other pets, they can be gentle and patient. Health concerns include hip dysplasia, allergies, and thyroid problems.

Breed in Brief

Registries: AKC, CKC Occupation: Fighter, guardian, companion Size: 17 to 19 in tall; 55 to 70 lbs

Longevity: 11 to 13 years Exercise: Vigorous daily exercise Training: Moderate Grooming: Easy

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