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American Staffordshire Terrier

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American Staffordshire Terrier

The American Staffordshire Terrier is a very strong, muscular and agile breed. It has a strong head and very powerful jaws. The ears are normally cropped but it is optional. The eyes are round and dark and the tail tapers to a point. The dogs can be many colors but in order to show, he must not be more than 80% white. They are usually larger than their counterparts, the American Pit Bull Terrier.

Temperament The Staffordshire Terrier is an outgoing, happy and confident dog. They are very gentle towards people. You will find them to be a very loyal family dog. This breed is affectionate and reliable with people and has unusual patience with children. It is an intelligent guard dog and will fight to the death if cornered or if their family is threatened. The dog has a high tolerance for pain. It must be properly trained and socialization should begin at an early age.
Height, Weight

Male Height: 17-19" ; Female Height: 16-18"
Weight: 57-67 lbs.

Health Problems Though generally healthy, some are prone to hip dysplasia, cataracts and heart disease.
Living Conditions The Staffordshire will do fine in an apartment if they are exercised regularly. They are active indoors and prefer a warmer climate.
Exercise This breed needs regular, daily exercise. They should always be kept on a leash to prevent them from fighting with other dogs.
Life Expectancy About 9-15 years
Grooming This breed is easy to groom with brushing and occasionally shampoos. They are average shedders.
Origin The American Staffordshire Terrier was develop in England and brought to the United States in the mid-19th century to compete in the fighting pits. Breeders increased the size and height of the British version, and ears where cropped to accentuate the more massive head and to prevent them from being ripped off during a fight. Though dog-fighting was outlawed in 1900, underground dog-fighting pits can still be found around the country. The American Staffordshire Terrier is recognized by the AKC.
Group Terrier