DESCRIPTION OF THE AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER...

         With one of the most well documented histories in the family of dogs, the American Staffordshire Terrier is a unique breed. His combined power, grace and agility are coupled with a sleek athletic appearance and affectionate nature, making him a most versatile breed. Few other breeds possess such a remarkable combination of gentleness, camaraderie and reliability. It has emerged as one of the most reliable, trustworthy and loyal of all dogs.   The American Staffordshire Terrier is renowned for its reliability as a family dog, They are extremely lovable, loyal and devoted to their owners, they do extremely well with both children and adults.

         The stocky and muscular look of the American Staffordshire Terrier makes this particular dog breed not only impressive, but also slightly intimidating to strangers and other dogs. The strength of this agile dog is apparent from the outer appearance. With a powerful and broad head structure, the short muzzle is accentuated by a strong set jawbone.
This dog breed works well in a family setting and can be a powerful guard dog if necessary.


           With its powerful stance, it's no wonder that the American Staffordshire Terrier is a natural guard dog. This is a dog breed that naturally will want to protect its family and anyone it deems a part of its pack. The pack mentality in this particular breed is strong, so once you've asserted that you are a part of their pack, they will fiercely protect you.
          Unlike other breeds, the American Staffordshire Terrier will also actively protect their owner's property too. This is an excellent combination for those that want that extra layer of protection for their home. 
           Stable and outgoing, the American Staffordshire Terrier is a breed that will be fun to have around the house. They want to do nothing but please their master, so they will be willing to do whatever it takes to make you happy. 
           
            The coat is very short and is very low maintanace.
Another great thing is that they are available in almost any colour. 

           They do need to be excercised and want to be around the family all the time,
If they are neglected they get really depressed, which means you shouldn't own one of these amazing dogs.

                                                                                             
          I personally have owned many different breeds, but when i got my 1st amstaff  thats when i knew that this breed was truely amazing.
I cant explain how loyal and protective they are, you will never know unless you own one...

 

 Timeline History of the American Staffordshire Terrier...
(this info was found on the web)


1835 - 
History - The American Staffordshire Terrier (AmStaff) was first bred in England, then called Bull and Terrier dogs, was used in dogfights beginning in 1835. Orignally identical to the British Staffordshite Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier was selectively bred for greater height and weight and a bulkier build.

1900 -
After dog fighting was made illegal in the US in 1900, the American Staffordshire terrier gained popularity as a show dog, yet a separate strain remained to have the same fighting ability. This fighting strain was later recognized as a different breed, named the American Pit Bull terrier. The American Staffordshire terrier is now gentler in temperament, and makes quite a manageable pet, as it shows great talent in agility, guarding, and weight pulling. It is also a good watchdog.

May 25, 1935 -
The breed attained UK Kennel Club recognition on 25 May 1935. Staffordshires were imported into the US during this time. Though very popular in the United Kingdom, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier has not gained the same fame in the United States. In the US many were imported by pit fighters and used in their breeding programs to produce the American Pit Bull Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier.


1936 - American Staffordshire Terriers were first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936. • During WWI, an American Staffordshire Terrier by the name of 'Stubby' became the most decorated war dog an earned the rank as Sergeant.

1972 -
In 1972, the Staffordshire Terrier was renamed the American Staffordshire Terrier to better distinguish it from its English cousin, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.




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