American Staffordshire Terrier
Origin and brief history
To give an more accurate background on the origin of the breed, we must also talk about two two other dogs, the Bulldog and the terrier. The Bulldog was bred until the early part of the 19th century, with great care in England for baiting bulls. The Bulldog of that era was vastly different from the specimen we see today. If we look at pictures from the late 1870’s. The pictures show an agile dog standing straight on his legs, in particular his front legs. The Bulldog of that time looked very much like the American Staffordshire Terrier of today.
The American Staffordshire terrier is also known as the Amstaff. They were first bred in the England region of Staffordshire in the 19th century. In the early twentieth century the breed gained stature and was accepted into the American Kennel Club in 1936. They belong to the molosser and terrier groups. After WWII the breed had a decline in the United States.
The American Staffordshire terrier thrives in a family oriented environment and loves having a job. These dogs are very loyal and will protect their families if the situation calls for it. The American Staffordshire terrier is not very human aggressive, but can be aggressive towards other dogs. It is a good idea to socialize these dogs early on and ensure they have a consistent training with an assertive owner.
The American Staffordshire terrier has a very short coat. This makes grooming very easy. They will need a regular grooming of once every month. This must include dental and ear hygiene as well as nail clippings. The American Staffordshire terrier can be very active, so it is a good idea to regularly check the dogs body and paw pads for any injuries.
Specification of breed
The American Staffordshire terrier is a short coated, medium sized dog. They have a stocky build and not very long legged. They have brute strength and are very muscular. The American Staffordshire terrier is very agile and can be very active. The male’s height is between 18 and 19 inches at the shoulders. The female is between 17 and 18 inches. The weight should be proportioned to the height as to create the stocky, bulky build. The American Staffordshire terrier has some inherited disorders that should be looked at before purchasing. They are known for having congenital heart disease, hip and elbow dysplasia, and cataracts.
The American Staffordshire terrier is a great family dog; however there are some breed specific legislation that could cause problems. Many states have laws preventing to the ownership of these dogs, while others only ban them in certain areas and housing. It is important to do research before purchasing to ensure that the dog is allowed. These dogs need training and socialization throughout their lives. It is important so that the dog does not become fearful or aggressive. These dogs are also very active and will need an owner that can be active with them. They can be great in families where the children are active. It is also important to research the disorders these dogs can inherit and then to test the dogs for these so that they remain healthy throughout their lives.
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