Nature and character
The American Staffordshire Terrier is a powerful and courageous dog with a strong character that proves to be extremely attentive in every situation. He is a particularly lively and dynamic dog with a strong urge to move and should therefore be sufficiently utilized both physically and mentally. Consistent but loving guidance is essential because of the strength and temperament of this breed. To its owner, the American Staffordshire Terrier develops a close bond and total loyalty. Despite its imposing appearance, unlike other terrier species, it is surprisingly playful and lives up to this tendency intensively. Thanks to its high intelligence, it is very adaptive and suitable for many applications in the accompaniment,
Activities with the Amstaff
The American Staffordshire Terrier, when handled responsibly, is an ideal companion dog who shows affectionate and complete loyalty to his owner. In addition, he is successfully trained as a therapy and rescue dog, also dog sports such as agility are ideal for this dynamic and extremely lively breed. Even as a watchdog, the breed is often used. For the attitude and use of the American Staffordshire Terrier, the respective legal provisions of the individual countries must be observed.
Origin & History
The American Staffordshire Terrier is descended from English Bulldogs and various Terrier dogs. Until the middle of the 19th century, they were bred for dog fighting. After the complete prohibition of such fights these dogs arrived in the USA and were used there also as fighting dogs. At the beginning of the 20th century, a rethinking took place - the American Staffordshire Terrier was now increasingly bred as an exhibition and companion dog. The American Kennel Club established the breed standard in 1936 under the breed name Staffordshire Terrier. To create a distinction to the English Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the breed was renamed in 1969 American Staffordshire Terrier.
Racial characteristics American Staffordshire Terrier
The American Staffordshire Terrier is led in the group 3 "Terrier" and in the section 3 "Bull Terriers". According to this standard he reaches a shoulder height of about 46-48 cm in males and 43-46 cm in females. The American Staffordshire Terrier is bred in different variations, allowing both monochrome, as well as multicolored and spotted and piebald animals. Not wanted are animals with more than 80% white, black animals with fire and liver-colored animals.
The American Staffordshire Terrier is solidly built and gives the impression of great strength. He is mu
scular and stocky, but at the same time he is also agile and dynamic. He should not be too light-built or leggy. The head is medium long and deep, measured over the entire span. The skull is wide and has a pronounced stop. The catch is medium in length and relatively rounded on the top. The color of the nose is black only. The lips are close, the cheek muscles are also strong.
The American Staffordshire Terrier has dark and round eyes that are deep in the skull and wide apart. T
he ears are set high. Physiologically, they are carried either as a half-erected ear-ear or in the form of the so-called rose-ear. Hanging ears are not permitted. Also, the cropping, ie neck of the ears, is no longer allowed in Germany and in most European countries
The American Staffordshire Terrier has a heavy and slightly curved neck, which tapers slightly from the shoulder to the neck. The back is short and drops slightly towards the croup. This is slightly oblique and short to the tail approach. The tail is set low, also appears short relative to the body and runs to a fine point. The American Staffordshire Terrier has strong, extremely muscular shoulders and straight forelegs, which are relatively far apart. The hindquarters are heavily muscled, with low-lying hocks. The hair is short, dense and stiff.