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American Staffordshire Terrier Breed Fact Sheet

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American Staffordshire Terrier Breed Information

Group 2: Terriers

Energy Level: moderately low to very high

Original Function: guardians, hunting, companion

Temperament: Tough, Reliable, Courageous.

Recommended for: Responsible people & families.

Lifespan: 10 - 14 yrs

Height: Dogs approx 46-48 cms (18-19 ins)

Height: Bitches approx 43-46 cms (17-18 ins)

Colour: Any colour, solid, parti, or patched. White not to cover more than 80% of the body.

Coat: Short, close, stiff to the touch, and glossy.

General Appearance: Medium sized muscular body. Eyes- dark, rounded set well apart. Nose must be black. Ears are carried semi erect on the strong shaped head. Should give the impression of great strength for his size, a well put-together dog, muscular, but agile and graceful. He should be stocky, not long-legged or racy in outline.

 

 

The origin of this breed was developed after early Staffordshire's were taken to the US during the 1900s, the American Staffordshire Terrier in now larger and bigger boned than its British cousin.
The breed was registered in 1972 as an American breed. The American frontiers found them an invaluable guard dog. This muscular dog is graceful and agile; they love to please their owners and therefore are easily trained. As a guard dogs their courage is proverbial. It should be noted that due to this trait, unscrupulous people have utilized this, and trained them as fighting dogs. However, when correctly trained they make docile pets, good with children and can be social with other dogs.

Grooming- their short coat is easy to maintain, a brush and bath when needed.

Exercise- must have plenty of regular exercise.

Health- This breed can suffer from heart Disease, Ataxia, Hip and Elbow dysplasia, all these are genetic factors in this breed. Please check that the breeder you are dealing with has done health tests and their dogs have past these tests.

Ataxia - http://www.caninegeneticdiseases.net/ataxia/ataxia_examples.htm
Hips - http://www.offa.org/hd_grades.html
Elbows - http://www.offa.org/ed_grades.html
Heart disease - http://www.cprvictoria.com.au/for-breeders/american-staffordshire.html


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Clubs:

AMERICAN STAFFORSHIRE TERRIER CLUB OF QLD
http://www.qldamstaffclub.com/

AMERICAN STAFFORSHIRE TERRIER CLUB OF W.A.
http://astcwa.com/



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