ALL ABOUT™ AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER
American Staffordshire Terrier Puppy & Breed Information
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The American Staffordshire Terrier resembles the original 1800s English bulldog and is descended from the old Staffordshire and white English terrier. He has a bark to match his physique but the pit bull is usually quiet. With strong head set off by pronounced cheek muscles, he is a powerful deterrent to an intruder but greets family with a wagging low set, undocked tail.
American Staffordshire Terrier Coat, Color, Care: This big terrier has high set cropped ears and a short, smooth, easy-care dark coat which can be accented by modest white markings. He’s an impressive, athletic package.
American Staffordshire Terrier Personality: Pulling equally from his bulldog and terrier ancestry, the AmStaff or “pit bull” is animated but good natured and tolerant. His courage is proverbial and for that reason, he may not get along with other dogs who might foolishly challenge him.
Exercise Requirements: American Staffordshire Terrier is a superb canine athlete and should not be forced into inactivity. Mental and physical stimulation is important for every breed but to confine this dog would be like never allowing a race horse to stretch his legs. Jogging beside a bicycle or even on a treadmill will keep him happy and fit and prevent nervous habits such as pacing, chewing or licking.
Health Concerns: Hip dysplasia is not uncommon with large, fast growing breeds but can be modified by diet and proper exercise. The American Staffordshire Terrier is long-lived and heals quickly but has sensitive skin. Allergies, itching, or thyroid imbalance is most often the result of environmental factors, including medication side effects. A partially home-cooked diet free of preservatives, dyes, and chemicals, supplemented with vitamins and fish oils may prevent or correct such disorders.
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