AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER

APPEARANCE
The American Staffordshire Terrier has an athletic, robust, yet compact build, and an alert expression. Ears can be either cropped or uncropped, naturally folding over the head. The coat of the American Staffordshire Terrier is short and glossy. Can come in many colors including black and tan, red, brown, and white. The height of the American Staffordshire Terrier is around 17-19 inches, and these dogs weigh in at around 40-75 pounds.

PERSONALITY
The American Staffordshire Terrier is good-natured, stable, and responsive to things around them. 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. These dogs can be very determined and tough, but also very intelligent and devoted.

TRAINING
Being intelligent yet very willful and stubborn, this breed requires consistent and firm training from a dominant handler to prevent dominance issues that could arise. Firm correction is a must as this is a very powerful and willful breed. House training is of particular concern with this intelligent breed. Obedience classes at an early age are definitely recommended for someone experienced with the American Staffordshire Terrier breed.

EXERCISE
The American Staffordshire Terrier requires quite a bit of exercise being so energetic and lively. You will want to take this dog on frequent walks and keep them occupied with toys and other distractions. Owners that take their American Staffordshire Terrier out for an hour of walking each day report that their dogs are more content and don’t become bored or fidgety when they are then brought back indoors.

SOCIALIZATION
This breed does do well around small children, but should not be left unsupervised around them, as this is a very powerful and rambunctious breed. It is important to remember that they were bred to be aggressive towards other dogs and therefore should be supervised when with other canines. These dogs may also be aggressive towards other pets, such as cats, rabbits, and rodents.

LIVING CONDITIONS
This breed does best with at least a medium sized yard and does not do well in apartment life as they have the tendency to become bored and can become very destructive at the expense of the owner.

GROOMING
The American Staffordshire Terrier’s short, sleek coat is easy to look after, and needs only occasional brushing. Brushing with a coarse bristle brush on a regular basis is recommended. In addition, try to use dry shampoo to keep up the appearance of the coat and bathe only when absolutely necessary.

HEALTH ISSUES
The life expectancy of the American Staffordshire Terrier is around 10-12 years. In most cases, the American Staffordshire Terrier is a hardy breed that doesn’t suffer from a lot of Health Problems, but there are some concerns that do come up with some dogs. Cases of hip dysplasia, congenital heart disease, and inherited cataracts have been recorded.

HISTORY
Originated in nineteenth century in the English region of Staffordshire, by crossing bulldogs and various terriers. This breed used to be known as the American Pit Bull Terrier, but then became known as the American Staffordshire Terrier. The breed was first registered with the AKC in 1936.

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