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Surname: American Staffordshire
Alternative names: "Amstaff"
Original origin: UNITED STATES
FCI group: Terrier
size: up to 48cm
size: up to 45cm
Mass () : 30 - 40kg
Mass () : 26 - 36kg
Life expectancy: 8 - 14 years
litter size: 5 - 6
coat color: white, black, gray and brown
coat type: tight and tight
coat length: short
Character / essence: intelligent, attentive, loyal
attitude: requires daily intensive exercise
American Staffordshire - introduction information
Of the American Staffordshire Terrier comes from the Bull Terrier, who arrived in the United States in the mid-19th century with British settlers. There breeding efforts led to a further development of dog breeds, which were mainly used for dog fighting. With the breed name of the American Pit Bull Terrier was founded in the late 19th century in Michigan, a separate club, which focused on the care and preservation of fighting dogs. However, some breeders began to move away from their primary focus on the aggressive and combative behavior of dogs in their breeding efforts. Thus, with the American Staffordshire Terrier, a second, directly descended from American Pit Bull dog breed, which was eventually recognized in the 1970s, worldwide.
The American Staffordshire or "Amstaff", as it is colloquially called, must not be confused with the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, with whom he is closely related, but in appearance looks very different from this. The American Staffordshire Terrier is much taller and heavier because it reaches a shoulder height of up to 48 centimeters and a weight of up to forty kilograms. Its shiny, stiff and short coat can appear white, black or in various shades of brown and gray and be spotted or monochrome. However, according to breed standards, the color white should not account for more than eighty percent of the coat, as this significantly increases the risk of pediatric deafness. Striking are the American Staffordshire the extremely muscular physique with a deep chest and a relatively short back and the wedge-shaped head with strong catch and low set half or ear roses.
Despite his past as a fighting dog, the American Staffordshire is considered a devoted and playful family dog, which proves to be extremely gentle and patient in dealing with children. He has a pronounced protective instinct and is therefore an excellent watchdog. The exceedingly intelligent American Staffordshire is a powerhouse and bundle of energy that must learn by consistent education, which should begin as a puppy, to control one's own physical strength and to accept the hierarchy within the family. Conscious socialization is necessary to make it compatible with other dogs. Therefore, people who opt for the attitude of an Amstaff should visit the dog school. Acquisition is made more difficult in many European countries, because American Staffordshire, like all other fighting dogs, is listed on the breed list and therefore the housing regulations are strictly regulated.