Monday, September 6, 2010

The American Staffordshire Terrier

Courageous and strong, the American Staffordshire Terrier’s athletic build and intelligence make them ideally suited to many dog sports such as obedience, agility, tracking and conformation.

Until the early 19th century, the Bulldog used for bull baiting in England was more active and longer-legged than the breed as we know it today. It is thought that the cross of this older Bulldog and a game terrier breed created the Staffordshire Terrier.

Originally called the Bull-and-Terrier Dog, Half and Half or Pit Dog, it became known as the Staffordshire Bull Terrier in England. When the American Kennel Club accepted them as a breed in 1936, the name changed to American Staffordshire Terrier to be a sign of the heavier American type and to distinguish them as separate breeds.

The American Staffordshire Terrier is a dog that thrives when they are made part of the family and given a job to do. Their short coat is low-maintenance, but regular exercise and training is necessary. They are usually obedient, and love to please. The Staffie is very loyal to its master

The American Staffordshire Terrier was once used primarily for fighting. That practice, however, was banned in the early 1900’s. Now, the American Staffordshire Terrier is very intelligent, happy and outgoing. They are a very confident breed, yet are gentle and loving towards children. Although,
 un-socialized Staffies are often aggressive. The Staffie will always protect its pack and they may bite and attack any threat. Be sure to make sure to socialize thoroughly as a puppy to prevent this. This terrier NEEDS to be shown it isn’t the pack leader and must have a firm and consistent owner who will always show that he/she is the alpha.

1 comment:

  1. Hey! this is Gus the Schnauzer! thanks for rompin by pal!! I love this blog..well, me and my mombean..she was HAPPY to read this because..if you look on my sidebar you will see Maggie an American Staffordshire..and she is sooooo SWEET and my FRIEND. She is theeee most lovable dog we know..besides ME of course!

    I'll be followin come on by again too..

    Paws Up!
    GUS and his mombean
    and thank you for making this info available!


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