American Staffordshire Terrier

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Size: Medium
Group: Terrier
Hypoallergenic: No

The American Staffordshire Terrier is a Bulldog and Terrier cross, also known as the Amstaff. They were originally bred in the 1800s in Birmingham, rather than in the county of Staffordshire, although they were bred here later. Interestingly, bulldogs pictured as late as 1870 show a closer resemblance to the amstaf than modern day bulldogs.

These dogs are strong, muscular and robust. Their forelegs are set rather apart in order to allow the chest to develop fully. The chest is deep and broad which gives the impression that these dogs are powerful and courageous. They should be stocky, not long-legged and their height and weight should be in proportion to one another. They have smooth, short coats usually found in the colours of Blue, Black, Brown, Sable, Brindle or Fawn.

Am Staff’s are attentive and devoted dogs. They enjoy a lively, loving and warm environment. These dogs are people-oriented dogs and find great joy when made part of the family, they enjoy having a job to do. They are loyal and will protect family from any threats.

FAQ

How big are American Staffordshire Terrier’s?
A typical Amstaf will weigh between 28-40 kg, and be 17-19 inches tall to the shoulders. Their weight and size should be extremely well proportioned.

What grooming requirements do American Staffordshire Terrier’s have/how much hair do they shed?
American Staffordshire Terrier’s are a short flat coated breed that sheds throughout the year, even in the winter time. Grooming is suggested for 4 – 8 week intervals to clean ears, clip nails, check anal glands and insure the coat and skin are in healthy condition.

How long do American Staffordshire Terrier’s typically live?
Between 10-12 years

Are American Staffordshire Terrier’s prone to any particular illnesses or diseases?
The breed may be vulnerable to skin allergies, urinary tract infections (UTI), and autoimmune diseases.

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