Country of Origin: America
Size:
Medium
Weight: 25-30 kgs
Height:
Dogs approx 46-48 cms at shoulders.
Bitches approx 43-46 cms at shoulders.
Grooming Requirements:
Low
Exercise Requirements: Medium
Dog Type: Terrier
Most suited As: Family Pet.
Also known as: American Staffy, AmStaff
Expected Life Span: 10-14 Years

Appearance
The American Staffordshire Terrier (Am Staff) has very muscular and stocky with a broad, powerful head. They are very agile despite their heavy build. Muzzle is medium lenth rounded on the upper side. They have dark wide set eyes and are strong jawed. They are not unlike their cousins the Stafforshire Bull Terrier, however they are larger by about a 1/3rd.

Coat
The coat is short and shiny. Any colour is permitted, although black and tan, liver, plain white, or more than 80 per cent white are less preferred. Most popular colours are broken red and beige with highlights, both with and without white patches.

Care Required
Remove the dead and loose hairs from time to time with a rubber brush. This is a low maintenance dog

Training
Novice dog handlers should not consider an American Staffordshire Terrier as improper training techniques are likely to results in an adult dog with bad socialisation skills. Teach it when young not to pull on the lead because they are amazingly strong when fully grown. This breed can learn a great deal if well trained with a consistent approach. They have done well in obedience trials, though this is more likely becuase of an exceptional trainer.

Social Behaviour and Temperament
Demeanor can range from very dominant, to great big loveable sook. AmStaffs make good family dogs as long as the family remains consistent towards it and are able to cope with a boisterous dog. Enthusiasts for this breed claim that they are loving with children. This dog will protect house and home and accept cats and other household animals provided it has become acquainted with them when young and accepted them as part of their family.

Some examples of the breed can be rather eager to fight with other dogs, though reputable breeders will not only breed a dog that meets breed conformity standards, but one that is low in aggression so research the breed stock of your chosen breeder. Do NOT buy from an inexperienced breeder, and avoid buying a cross breed at all costs.

Tremendously brave and loyal, expect them to be gentle and tolerant of family whilst being vigiglant and protective. They make wonderful watchdogs, they are energetic with plenty of stamina. They do love a bit of rough and tumble and are gentle with their giant jaws. When choosing a puppy its vital to “Meet the Parents”, view the health checks, meet some other owners and choose the puppy from the litter that is confidant, wihout being over protective of its personal space.

Health
usually extremely healthy, though some conditions are inherit to the breed and testing (both physical and genetic) are now routinely done for several conditions this breed is susceptible to namely: Congenital heart disease,canine hip dysplasia,Elbow dysplasia, Luxating patella knee complication that imparts a bow shape to the leg,Thyroid dysfunction. Speek to your chosen breeder about copies of test scores and what they mean.

Exercise
Ensure your American Staffordshire Bull Terrier gets plenty of exercise. They will retrieve, wrestle and run for fun, some will enjoy jogging beside a slow ridden bike.

American Staffordshire Terrier Breed Standard

American Staffordshire Terrier Organisations in Australia
American Staffordshire Terrier Club of Victoria
President: Mr Lang Dowdell
Phone : 0409 140 414
Email : rythmnblu@hotmail.com
Vice President: Mr Lincoln Hancock
Phone : 0409 135 800
Email : amstaff@live.com.au
Secretary: Mr Phillip Cattenazzi
Email : melpar@iprimus.com.au

American Staffordshire Terrier Organisations in the UK
American Kennel Club – American Staffordshire Terrier

American Staffordshire Terrier Organisations in the US
Staffordshire Terrier Club of America
American Staffordshire Terrier Club of Victoria Inc

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