The American Staffordshire terrier is a medium-sized, short coated breed of dog, also known as the Amstaff, not to be confused with the Staffordshire Bull terrier from the UK, the breed was accepted by the American kennel club in 1936, after it gained social status.
According to the American kennel club it is a people friendly dog which thrives when made part of the family and given a job to do, it is also very loyal to its owner.
The Am staffs ancestor the Bull terrier was first bred in Birmingham during 19th century, Bulldogs pictured as late as 1870 resemble the contemporary American Staffordshire terrier to a greater degree than modern Bulldogs, its been suggested that it was the Engltsh White terrier, Fox terrier or the Black and White terrier that was crossed with the Bulldog to create the Staffordshire Bull terrier. The cross of the Bulldog and terrier was known as a Bull and terrier dog or a Pit Bull terrier, later it became known in the UK.as the Staffordshire Bull terrier. These dogs found their way to America as early as 1850, it became a new breed and was registered with the United Kennel Club in 1898, and given the name American Pit Bull terrier.
In 1936 the name was revised, and changed to the American Staffordshire Terrier,the American breed as been developed to be heavier than the Staffordshire Bull terrier from the UK and the American Pit Bull terrier. Since the end of WWII the popularity of the breed as declined, it was recently ranked as low as 81st on the list of the most popular pure breeds in America.
The American Staffordshire terrier is a strong well put together dog, very muscular, agile and graceful, it is very alert to its surroundings. A stocky dog whose height and weight should be in proportion, average height is about 18 to 19 inches at the shoulders for a male, an inch or so shorter for a female.
Worldwide the American Staffordshire terrier as been subject to bans or legislation that target the Pit, Bull and the Terrier breeds in response to a number of incidents involving Pit Bulls and similar dogs, mainly due to their ability to lock their jaws on when biting.
The breed can be vulnerable to skin allergies, osteoarthritis, elbow dysplasia and congenital heart disease, the average life expectancy for an American Staffordshire terrier. If you’re after a good strong loyal dog then it’s well worth checking this breed out.