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Purpose of Breed: Originally bred for baiting bulls.
Country of Origin: United States
Average Size: 45-65 lbs and 16-19 inches tall
Color(s): Combinations of white, black, tan and liver.
Coat Type: The coat is short and sleek and stiff to the touch.
Grooming: This breed is an average shedder. The coat should be brushed regularly and periodically rubbed down with a soft cloth to keep it looking its best. This breed requires standard care for eyes, ears, pads and nails.
Exercise Needs: If given plenty of exercise, this breed is suitable for apartment living. This breed can become aggressive toward other dogs and should be kept on a leash when walked.
Temperament: When properly trained, this breed makes an excellent companion for children and adults, and an excellent guard dog. The American Staffordshire Terrier is loyal, and eager to please. It possesses an extraordinary amount of courage and is extremely protective of its owner. Because this breed was originally developed as a fighting dog, it can be aggressive towards other dogs. It can also be difficult to housebreak.
Common Ailments: Prone to hip dysplasia and hereditary cataracts.
Life Expectancy: Averages 10-12 years.
Trivia: This is the breed commonly referred to as Pit Bull. An American Staffordshire Terrier named Stubby was the most decorated dog of World War II, earning the rank of Sergeant.
More Information: Stafforshire Terrier Club of America
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Tyson is a 5 year old American Staffordshire Terrier. Some women left him in a parking lot when he was very very young. I took him to the vet right away and had to bottle feed him for about 2 months! He is like my baby! He likes to play, sleep and loves to eat!
By guessgirl002 from New York, NY
Sebastian is a 4 year old American Staffordshire Terrier. On December 6, 2007 a friend of ours who was moving to Hawaii. His dog had just had pups and he brought over two for us to choose from and we took both, since we could not decide. Sebastian likes to chase flies, chase tennis balls, play tugging with toys, going for walks. Sebastian likes to open the pantry door with his nose, in search for doggy snacks.
By Ida from Las Vegas, NV
Cynder is a 3 year 10 month old American Staffordshire terrier. She was a rescue puppy at 4.5 weeks old.
Cynder steals the cat's food, plays inside with our new puppy, and sleeps with her kid friends. She is the most loving dog; no alpha is she. People see her and melt. The new puppy bosses her around, and Cynder lets her.
She helped me through breast cancer. I had a real reason to fight for my life, and she never left my side.
Johanne is a 4 year old American Staffordshire Terrier. A friend of ours was moving to Hawaii and his dog had just had a litter of pups. When our friend came over, he had two pups for us to choose from and we could not decide, so we took in both.
Johanne likes to chase flies, chew on tennis balls and roll on his back with his legs sticking up in the air. Sometimes he likes to lay in the sun and stretch. Then there is always going for a walk! Johanne used to weigh 115 pounds. Since we put him on the diet that the vet advised us to do, he has lost 20 pounds.
By ida spida from Las Vegas, NV
Boo-Gie is a 5 year old American Staffordshire Terrier. I found her at Animal Control. She was a stray and had 2 days left until she would be euthanized. I brought her home that very day, 4 years ago. She is the sweetest, most loving and loyal dog I have ever had! Usually she finds a shirt or hat of daddy's and chews on that! Today, daddy found her like this in the bed, while I was asleep next to her!
Jenny is 5 years old and a Staffordshire Terrier. We rescued Jenny from someone who could no longer take care of her. She was 4 months old and had worms, the vet said one of the worst cases she had seen. Jenny also a bad leg when we got her from being mistreated.
Jenny loves to follow me out to the garden and take things out of my basket and run with it.
Jenny has had a good and healthy life until last year she blew her right knee. I had the surgery done and it wasn't done correctly so it was redone 1 1/2 months later. This is very painful and she has had a hard time with the two surgeries on the same knee. Just when she was doing well with the surgeries, she blew her left knee and had surgery and is recovering with it. She is a very loving dog and I am very happy to put her picture out there to share with others. She waits patiently for me in my garden.
By Sandy from Kalamazoo, MI
To give dogs their worming or other medicinal tablet, wrap the tablet in a fresh large piece of ham or devon. Your best friend will take the tablet with no hesitation - guaranteed!
Blu Venus is a 2 year old American Staffordshire. I traded out stud service of one of my males for her. She likes to chew my shoes up. Plus sleep in my bed with a pillow and blanket.
I got Miss Kitty in May of 2011. She turned 2 on April 1 2013.
Bear came to us in 2012 through a rescue that had saved him from a kill shelter in Georgia, where he had been abandoned with rickets, heartworms, and demodex mange.