AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER

The American Staffordshire Terrier is a strong and robust, with a stable and extroverted temperament.

Muscled and agile, the American Staffordshire Terrier can be seen as the show version of the American Pit Bull Terrier, since both breeds can barely be told apart at first sight. The American Staffordshire Terrier, name officially accepted by the AKC since 1972, is a strong and robust animal, with a 46 to 48 cm size; it displays much strength for its size. The size is medium length; the skull, wide and the cheek muscles are well pronounced. The ears are high inserted, cropped or not. The back is quite short, slightly sloping from withers to rump, with slightly tucked loins. The ribs are deep in the back and well rounded at the top. The hindquarters are relatively separated, to leave room for the dog’s deep chest. The coat is short, dense and rough. The tail is low inserted and not docked. Although the color is not important in the breed, white specimens are not admitted, or with more than 80% black, white and tan, or liver color.
 
WHO IS the AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER FOR

The American Staffordshire Terrier has a common origin with the American Pit Bull Terrier, although the American Staffordshire Terrier is usually considered as a more sophisticated breed, a show dog. Despite this, it is a dominant dog, very clever, but family oriented and gallant with people it knows. Specimens in this breed from good breeders are great with children and with very good disposition. It is a very active breed, it likes exercise and outdoors. They don’t get along well with dominant dogs, and are not as nice to cats as most breeds.
 
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The American Staffordshire Terrier has a colorful coat and personality!
 
Growth of the AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER          
               
The newborn American Staffordshire weighs between 310 and 370 g. These dogs grow firmly during the first year, and usually acquire their maximum height at around 12 and 14 months. Males as well as females will continue to widen and develop during the second year, males maybe up to the third year. An adult male can easily reach 33 kg. Due to its strong growth and enormous activity, the American Staffordshire requires a highly nutritious, mostly during the first year. Despite its large appetite, the owner should try and not over do it, to avoid obesity and joint problems. Unlike other breeds, a bad mouth closing does not improve with permanent teeth.

The healthiest and most consistent puppies will come from a perfectly mature female (two years). A trusting character is essential in this breed.
 
AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER HEALTH

At four weeks, American Staffordshire puppies should be handled by people to stimulate its innate confidence.
 
The American Staffordshire has a hip dysplasia history, for which an OFA check up is mandatory. We should also control the elbow dysplasia, excessive bone and muscular formation (mostly in the shoulders). The breed’s tremendous strength and stoicism before pain can easily carry injuries, such as muscles and torn ligaments, as well as broken teeth. Rupture of the anterior cruciate (ligament that supports the hind leg) is frequent and can weaken if not treated immediately – we should be suspicious of any limp -. Psychological pregnancies are common in the females, as well as breed cataracts. Allergies have also been registered. Brush the coat daily, and observe if there are dry skin portions, or any redness or rash. Educate the dog consistently since small, and never teach it aggressiveness or encourage dominance.
 
American Staffordshire puppies are kind and enjoy human contact; they are somewhat rough when playing.