American Staffordshire Terrier Dog Breed Tips And Info
The American Staffordshire Terrier, also sometimes called Amstaff, is a medium-sized dog breed with good family values. It fits nicely as a pet, and works well together with older more considerate children as well as other animals. It is a relative of the American Pit Bull Terrier, and was brought to the US with the British and Irish settlers, more specifically after the Civil war. Animal fights, with larger animals such as Bulls, were popular in the 1830’s, but became illegal in old Britain and Ireland because of the Human Ethics Act.
People then began to organize rat fights and dog fights instead, since they were much easier to hide from the officials. The American Staffordshire Terrier has a very large bone structure, head size and it weighs a lot, therefore fitting perfectly in this sport. Their body is very athletic, robust and compact. Still today these fights are arranged, but they are not as common as they were before. The American Staffordshire Terrier breed was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936. They are a member of the Terrier and Molosser groups.
American Staffordshire Terriers are confident, laid back, and easygoing. They are also in general good natured, although best for those with some experience of dog ownership. Despite their calm style of life it is important to remember that they were bred to be aggressive towards other dogs, and they may still sometimes act based upon those ancient instincts. Their attitude and reaction when it comes to strangers varies, sometimes they can be friendly, at other times they can be very aggressive. The lifespan of the American Staffordshire Terrier is around 10-12 years. There are some health problems associated with this breed, including eye problems, ligament problems, thyroid disorders, cancer, temperament problems, and cataracts.
The American Staffordshire Terrier has a broad, powerful head, short muzzle, very strong jaws. Their ears are generally cropped. Their eyes are round and black. All colours are accepted, as long as they are not more than 80% white. The American Staffordshire Terrier is a general happy, stable and confident breed, as well as loyal companion dog. As quoted from unknown source “He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion”.