Category : American Staffordshire Terrier
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Gary’s dog Baby Girl is a sweet American Staffordshire Terrier.
American Staffordshire Terriers are generally courageous, tenacious, friendly, extremely attentive, and extraordinarily devoted.
Amstaffs learn quickly from the subtlest of our behaviors. They are thus not only highly responsive during training but also pick up good habits, such as house training. This can become a problem when an owner unknowingly allows the dog to pick up bad behaviors. A typical training regimen should begin at 8 to 10 weeks of age. It has been proven that Positive Reinforcement Training works very well with this breed.
The American Staffordshire Terrier is a companion dog. They require a very large amount of time for rough, or hard working play. They enjoy weight pulling and agility training. They are an incredibly alert breed, which respond to any sound they hear. That along with their aggressive appearance makes them a keen home theft deterrent.
The breed is illegal in Norway due to the fact that it is easily mistaken for the American Pit Bull Terrier. Pit Bulls are cureently banned in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Holland, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Puerto Rico, and Sweden.
Early bulldog–terrier crosses were brought to the US by British and Irish settlers, especially after the American Civil War, where they were mainly used as hunting dogs, farm dogs, and guard dogs.
"Until the early 19th century, the Bulldog used for bullbaiting in England was more active and longer-legged than the breed as we know it today. It is thought that the cross of this older Bulldog and a game terrier breed created the Staffordshire Terrier. Originally called the Bull-and-Terrier Dog, Half and Half staffy, it became known as the Staffordshire Terrier in England. When accepted for AKC registration in 1936, the name changed to American Staffordshire Terrier to reflect the heavier American type and to distinguish them as separate breeds" – (American Kennel Club)
In the early 1830s, after the Human Ethics Act passed, animal fights, especially the formerly extremely-popular bull-baiting and bear-baiting, became illegal in Britain and Ireland. From then on, the people began to organize rat-fights and dog-fights, because they were much easier to hide from law enforcement officials than fights involving larger animals like bulls. At first, smallish terriers were used in the rat- and dog-fights, such as the old English white terrier and its black-and-tan cousin, today known as the Manchester terrier, which were known for their extreme prey drive and gameness. Some of these dogs were crossed with bulldogs to create a breed that retained the abilities of the terriers and added the strength and jaw-grip of the bulldogs.
American Staffordshire terriers were first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936. They belong to the terrier and molosser groups.
(information courtesy of Wikipedia)
Read further historical background on this lengthy webpage – THE HISTORY OF THE STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER, AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER, AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER, OR SIMPLY PUT PITDOGS OR MATCHDOGS
Image by K. Kendall
Kathleen is trying to train her new, very "mouthy" puppy: an American Staffordshire Terrier. I love his floppy ears, but he’s a handful! (And I love my new camera for delivering images as clear as this one–you can almost feel his fur.)
Explored June 13, 2009 # 466
American Staffordshire Terrier
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The American Staffordshire terrier is a medium-sized, short-coated dog breed whose early ancestors came from England. In the early part of the twentieth century, the breed gained social stature and was accepted by the American Kennel Club as the American Staffordshire Terrier. They are not to be confused with the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.