The american staffordshire terrier, loyal companion

The American Staffordshire terrier is a lover not a fighter. This dog is bred to be a loving companion and loyal protector. Even though the muscular stocky builds makes the dog look like a prizefighter, the breeding has produced more of a show dog than a fighter.

The American Staffordshire terrier is playful and energetic. Very agile and strong for its size, this breed is the result of over 50 years of careful crossbreeding.

The American Kennel Club recognized the American Staffordshire terrier in 1936 as a separate breed from the Pit Bull Terrier. The name was officially changed in 1972.

The AKC class is “American Staffordshire Terrier” and by UKC as “American Pit Bull Terrier.” The American Staffordshire terrier is of a larger bone structure; head size and weight then their cousins the American Pit Bull Terrier.

The American Staffordshire has a broad, powerful head, short muzzle, and strong jaws. The chest is deep and broad. The neck is wide and heavy. The dog has a broad skull, with pronounced cheek muscles, and strong jaws. The ears may be half cropped but this is optional. The coat is short and glossy. The color is no more than 80% white.

The American Staffordshire Terrier is an affectionate companion who is fiercely protective of his beloved family. This breed requires plenty of interaction with its owners and a lot of exercise. Be prepared to take your dog for nice long walks twice per day.

This breed is a good fit for homes that have more than one dog. This breed enjoys time with children and will adapt well to their friends.

However, when taking the dog for a walk, they should always be on a leash. Their energetic personality can cause a few behavioral problems as they try to interact with other dogs. This breed should always be given obedience training.

The American Staffordshire Terrier is a large dog. The average weight of a full-grown American Staffordshire Terrier is from 57 – 67 pounds. The height is from 17-19 inches for male dogs and from 16-18 inches for females. Grooming for the Staffordshire terrier is minimal but requires regular brushing of the coat. The coat should be checked for hives. Insect bites may also present a skin problem for this breed.

American Staffordshire Terriers require responsible ownership and love. In return, the dogs will provide loving companionship and protection for the entire family.