Origin: United States
Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 12-14 years
Weight: 55-70 pounds (male), 40-55 pounds (female)
Height: 18-19 inches (male), 17-18 inches (female)
Origin of Name: The American Staffordshire Terrier, also known as the AmStaff or American Staffy is a medium-sized, short-coated American dog breed.
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Many years ago in Great Britain, several dog breeds were created to excel in the sport of blood. They were expected to fight each other, or they were let loose in packs against a stationary bear or bull, with spectators betting on the dire consequences. Such rebellious pasts have long been illegal.
However, these sad spectacles left us a happy legacy: one of the most favorite breeds of today - the Bulldog, the Bull Terrier, and the American Staffordshire Terrier among them - have taken the form of fighting and biting dogs of the 18th and 19th centuries.
When it comes to the bull-type terrier breeds, everyone can agree that the common ingredient in their makeup was the bulldog. (Note that the bulldog of 200 years ago was a much different, more ferocious creature than today's beloved "sour".) The argument begins when breed experts try to cut the nails, which is a pyrex terrier breed. Live in the genetic background of Amstaff. Some suggest that such extinct breeds as the White English Terrier and the Black and Tan Terrier were part of the genetic mix that led to the creation of the Staffordshire Terrier, a precursor to Amstaff.
Whatever the actual genetic structure of AmStaff may be, we are certain that the working class interested in blood-sports gave birth to the stocky build and the jaws of the old-fashioned bulldog, the Terriers' innate to form the bull-type. Terrier breeds with courage and "gamble".
By the mid-1800s, the Staffordshire Terriers had immigrated to the Americas. American breeders developed a Staffordshire terrier that was larger than the English version. Eventually, the AKC recognized two variants as distinct breeds: the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier. Today's well-to-do Amshtaff is a more sweet companion than its pit-fighting ancestor and has long been a great American favorite. This is suggested by the many perspectives of the breed in our popular culture: In 1903, an AmStaff named Bud accompanied America for a ride on America's first cross-country auto trip (the subject of the Ken Burns documentary "Horiose Drive"); Patty, in the old 1930s "Our Gang" film comedy, was Amstaff, as in Tees, the dog in the Buster Brown Shoes logo; And America's most graceful American war dog was an AmStaff named Sgt. Stumby, a K-9 from World War I who counted three American presidents among his admirers.