American Staffordshire Terrier

Description

The American Staffordshire Terrier has an unusual lineage in that it was bred with the fighting spirit of the bulldog and the easy-going nature of the terrier. When it was bred down in the U.S., its more aggressive features were de-emphasized into the American Staffordshire Terrier that we know today. The body remained muscular, but its frame was more well-built and agile. Its ears are docked and set almost parallel to the eyes that are dark and round. The neck is the heaviest part of the body. The short coat is typically a large percentage white with any other color; tan and white and black and white are very common.

Temperament

Aggression is a behavior that was supposedly bred out of the American Staffordshire Terrier, but in some circumstances the dog may exhibit aggressive behavior. Training is key to it learning to coexist with other dogs and how to behave within a home. Training is also beneficial for teaching the dog how to treat guests to the home. Housebreaking it may prove difficult. It will generally behave appropriately with children in the family, but should never be left alone with them because they can inadvertently cause injury to them while playing. As is common with terriers, the American Staffordshire Terrier is assertive, courageous, and loyal. It is the perfect guard dog.

Height and Weight

Height: 16-19 inchesWeight: 57-67 pounds

Health Problems

No major health conditions are associated with the American Staffordshire Terrier. Some types may develop hip dysplasia and cataracts.

Ideal Living Conditions

The American Staffordshire Terrier does not require a significant amount of space. A medium-size apartment with is fine. It is suitable for a yard with ample room for exercise.

Exercise

Terriers are well-known for their energetic personalities. The American Staffordshire SpanielтАЩs well-developed muscles will require regular exercise. It is fine with a regular walk or light jogging.

Life Expectancy

An average of 11-14 years life expectancy

Litter Size

4 puppies on average

Grooming

The American Staffordshire Terrier is low maintenance. Its coat will remain in good shape with normal brushing. A regular bathe will also keep the coat healthy.

Origin

England is well-known for its early 19th century breeding of aggressive dogs.

Group

Terrier

Color

Color: Any color, but white must not cover more than 80% of the coat.