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American Staffordshire Terrier

Personality:AmStaffs of proper temperament are smart, confident, good-natured companions; their courage is proverbial

Coat & Grooming:The short, stiff coat is an easy keeper

Energy Level:Somewhat Active; Versatile and athletic, AmStaffs like mental and physical challenges

Originally: United States

Nicknames: AmStaff

Size: Medium

Meet the American Staffordshire Terrier

​AmStaffs are stocky, muscular bull-type terriers standing 17 to 19 inches at the shoulder. The head is broad, the jaws well defined, the cheekbones pronounced, and the dark, round eyes are set wide apart. AmStaff movement is agile and graceful, with a springy gait that advertises the breed’s innate confidence. The AmStaff’s glossy wash-and-wear coat comes in many colors and patterns.

What's Their Story?

​Back in the bad old days, dog breeds were created to excel in blood sports. They were expected to fight one another, or they were turned loose in packs against a staked bear or bull. Such revolting pastimes have long since been outlawed. These sad spectacles did, however, leave us a happy legacy: Several beloved breeds of today—the Bulldog, Bull Terrier, and AmStaff among them—got their start as fighting and baiting dogs of the 18th and 19th centuries.

What are they Like?

​AmStaffers describe their dogs as keenly aware of their surroundings, up for anything, and lovable “personality dogs” around the house. AmStaffs are highly trainable, as their many forays into showbiz suggest. (Petey, in the old Our Gang comedies, was an AmStaff.) When acquiring an AmStaff, there’s only one way to go: Do your homework and find an experienced AKC breeder. A responsibly bred AmStaff, socialized from puppyhood and trained with a firm but loving touch, is a loyal, trustworthy friend to the end.

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