Species group: Terrier Group dogs
Other name(s): Am Staff; Amstaff; AmStaff
The American Staffordshire Terrier is a heavier version of the original English Staffordshire Bull Terrier, already a powerful dog developed to bait bulls and bears or to fight in a pit. An intimidating dog with a powerful bite had its place in the settling of the United States, where there was large game to be hunted and isolated homesteads in need of protection. However, in the present century, there is no denying the fact that irresponsible owners are misusing the dogs for fighting or to guard illegal drug operations -- leading to a backlash against the breed and those who own them.
Before you obtain an Amstaff, you should be sure that you have the right experience to train and manage a dog this powerful. You should also check your local laws, as well as calling your insurance agent. In some areas, these dogs have been banned, and many insurers will cancel your homeowner's or your liability insurance if you are found to own this breed.
The Am Staff is often confused with the similar, but taller and less stocky American Pit Bull Terrier. Alas, the first sentence out of many people's mouths after a fatal dog attack is something like, "That wasn't a pit bull, it was an American Staffordshire." True or not, these dogs have had terrible publicity, and you may find yourself quite unpopular with your neighbors if you decide to purchase one.
Appearance / health:
Muscular and agile dogs, American Staffordshire Terriers possess great strength for their size. They have a short, low set tail, broad chest, heavy neck, and strong muscular shoulders. They are similar to American Pit Bulls, which can confuse even experienced dog breeders.
American Staffordshire Terriers are average shedders. They are brushed daily with a firm bristle brush. These dogs require minimal grooming. Bathing and shampooing is done occasionally and only when necessary. Wiping them with a damp cloth will help their coats become shiny.
They require moderate amounts of exercise daily to keep fit and happy. A long walk or jogging with a leash may help them expend their energy.
American Staffordshire Terriers are prone to congenital heart disease. Hip dysplasia (a condition in which the hip is not formed properly and eventually may cause lameness) and eye problems may also occur in some dogs.
Behavior / temperament:
The American Staffordshire Terrier is a courageous, tenacious dog with oodles of strength and loyalty. They can be fiercely protective of their owners and are generally not aggressive toward people. Owing to their fighting lineage, they have earned a bad reputation as extremely aggressive dogs and are not permitted in certain areas. Despite the bad press, with proper training and socialization, these dogs emerge as lovable, fun-loving, and affectionate dogs, endearing themselves to people around them.
They are quick learners but require specialized training that takes into account their strong, aggressive nature. Training begins early when they are puppies. The trainer has to keep in mind their aggressive nature.
They are not noisy dogs most of the time. They bark to get the owner's attention.
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"Buddy, my American Staforshire Terrier
Buddy is my 5 year old American Stafordshire Terrier. Best dog I've ever owned and I've owned 6 so far in my life. I am a Combat Veteran with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and he serves as my companion dog who helps me manage my anxiety and PTSD flare ups. So far I have trained him myself, but I plan on making him into a full service dog in the near future. He is honestly one of the smartest dogs out there. I got him when he was about 2 months old and he was house trained by the time he was 5 months. All he wants to do is please me as his owner, which makes it a breeze to teach him commands and tricks. He knows over 15 tricks so far and still learning more. He is a very energetic dog who needs his regular exercise daily, so I take him and my other dog to the small park in my neighborhood every morning to get their exercise in. He loves to play fetch and he's great around other dogs. He's good with most other animals as well, to include cats, even when nipped or barked at. Nicest dog in the world if you just raise them right. Wouldn't trade him for the world.."
From Jailo Feb 2 2017 11:07PM
"The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. ."
From Megan S 21 days ago
"behavior training tool
All dogs need to learn how to behave and a great "brain-break" and self soothing tool to use between activities or for crate training is a kong. Filled with a treat or small bit of peanut butter, this activity can provide the dog with a reward sensation as well as a much needed chewing activity for "down time" between trainings. We have utilized this with many of our breeds but huskies can be downright destructive to any material, so use of the kong is fabulous (while supervised) once the husky reaches maturity. As puppies are constantly teething and learning what is THEIRS and what is yours, kongs are a wonderful "replacement" tool for your couch, shoes and other destructible items in your home. ."
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