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Description:
The American Staffordshire Terrier's muscled build and protective instinct should make strangers beware, yet with their own family they are devoted, gentle and loving. A common question regarding the American Staffordshire Terrier is, "How is this breed different from the American Pit Bull Terrier?". In the eyes of the United Kennel Club, they are the same breed, but many disagree. Some AKC-registered American Staffordshire Terriers are dual-registered as American Pit Bull Terriers with the UKC; however, this draws criticism from many who point out that the bloodlines have been separate for too long for these to be considered the same breed. The AKC, on the other hand, does not allow a UKC-registered American Pit Bull Terrier to be registered as an American Staffordshire Terrier. To be dual-registered, the dog must first be an AKC-registered American Staffordshire Terrier and then it can be registered with the UKC as an APBT -- but not vice versa... They are courageous and a tenacious fighter if provoked. Training can be a challenge because of their pushy yet sensitive character. Their natural temperament towards people is gentle and loving, unfortunately some have been improperly handled giving the American Staffordshire Terrier a bad rap.

History/Origin:
Recently recognized as a distinct breed, he descends from the fighting pits of England and America. A variety of breeds were used to develop the "Amstaff" including the Bull Terrier, the Old English White Terrier, the Black and Tan, the Bulldog, the Mastiff, the Pointer, the Dalmatian and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. His name was changed from the Staffordshire Terrier to the American Staffordshire Terrier in 1972.

Height: 17 - 19 inches

Weight: 40 - 50 lbs.

Colors:
Red, fawn, white, black or blue, with white, any shade of brindle

Coat:
Smooth, short and dense

Temperament:
Loyal, intelligent, determined, tough, devoted; does well with children when socialized as a puppy; often does not do well with other pets

Care and Exercise:
Minimal grooming of his coat, dry shampoo or bathe only when necessary. Rubbing his coat will make the coat gleam. Regular daily exercise. Special training because of his nature. Quick to learn but needs an assertive regiment.

Health Issues:
Prone to hives caused by stress or insect bites and hip dysplasia

Category: Terrier

Registries: UCA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 3), KC (GB), UKC

Living Environment: Either Indoor or Outdoor

 

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