The American Staffordshire Terrier is a people-oriented dog who thrives when he is part of a family. They are intelligent, graceful, loyal, feisty, courageous, and very, very strong. Amstaffs are an active breed, always ready for fun, and they love to play outdoors. They are high energy and need regular exercise. They can be rowdy and overly exuberant, especially when they are young. They do best when they have a job to do. A bored Amstaff will destroy your house. They do well in obedience, agility, tracking, and conformation. Obedience training is very important with this breed. They really need an interactive owner who will spend time with them, training them and playing with them and just being their best friend. But they also need an owner who is able to establish leadership, as Amstaffs definitely have a mind of their own.
Amstaffs are protective and they look imposing so they can make an effective deterrent, but they are really too friendly to be guard dogs. Some Amstaffs are dog aggressive and none will back down if challenged. Amstaffs love their children and are patient, gentle, and tolerant. Of course, very young children should always be supervised around any dog. This is an animal who will strive to please you and take great pride in making you laugh. He will demand a lot of your attention and will be an excellent companion, for you and your family.
The origin of the American Staffordshire Terrier lies in England in the Staffordshire region. Although the exact origin of the breed is unknown, it is thought to be a result of crossbreeding between Bulldog, Fox Terrier, White English Terrier and Black and Tan Terrier. In the olden days, the breed was used in dog fighting as well as for guarding farms. The breed assumed its current name of American Staffordshire Terrier after the breed was taken to America where American breeders started breeding it for much heavier frames to be useful in dog fighting events.
Around the starting of the 20th century, dog fighting was banned in America, and then a gentler breed of the dog began to be bred. The gentler breed or the show strain came to be known as the American Staffordshire Terrier while the fighting strain came to be known as the American Pit Bull Terrier. The breed was first recognized by the AKC in 1936.
The American Staffordshire Terrier sheds a fair amount of hair. You'll find hair stuck to your couch, carpets, clothes and everything else in your home.
The American Staffordshire Terrier is an average shedder. The short and stiff coat of this dog is easy to groom. Brushing the coat once in a week with a firm bristle brush and rubbing its coat regularly with a damp towel is sufficient to maintain a healthy looking coat. It should be bathed only when necessary and needs to be dried properly after each bath. Its eyes and ears should be cleaned regularly and nail needs to be trimmed properly to avoid any injury.
The short coat of the American Staffordshire Terrier only requires an occasional brushing. But because he sheds you may find yourself brushing him once or twice a week to remove loose hair.