American Staffordshire Terrier

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Dog Group: Terrier Group

Activity Needs: Needs Lots Of Activity

Barking Level: When Necessary

Coat Type: Short, Smooth

Breed Size: Large (61-100Lbs)

Training Level: Agreeable

Characteristics: Best Family Dogs, Best Guard Dogs

Shedding Levels: Infrequent

American Staffordshire TrainingAbout American Staffordshire

The American Staffordshire terrier, sometimes referred to as “Am Staff,” is a medium-large dog with a well-developed build and square head. Though known for its courage and high energy level, the American Staffordshire has also an affectionate and loyal temperament. Contrary to its tough appearance, the Stafford is a gentle breed of dog. The Am Staff is very powerful and is usually stoic when confronted with pain. Frequently referred to as pit bull, their history can be traced back to 1800s England, where it was used in dog fighting.

American Staffordshire Terriers vs. Pit Bulls
Many people often ask what the difference is between the American Staffordshire terrier and a pit bull. First of all, there is no breed known as a pit bull. There is, however, a breed known as the American pit bull terrier. It isn’t recognized by the American Kennel Club, nevertheless it is acknowledged by the Continental Kennel Club and the United Kennel Club. Generally speaking, the American Staffordshire terrier is practically the same breed as the American pit bull terrier. At present, the main difference is in appearance. The American Staffordshire terrier is bred in part for AKC conformation and conforms to a stricter standard, specifically in size range. Alternatively, the American pit bull terrier is more often bred as a companion dog and also has greater variations in size (a range of 30 to 90 pounds) and other physical traits.

Diet and Nutrition

Depending on their particular activity level and all-around health, American Staffordshire terriers will benefit from a high-protein, low-grain (but not grain-free) diet. Choose a meat-forward pet food that’s made for a mid to large size dog. Always make sure that they have clean, fresh water for drinking. However, expect their diet needs—including the amount and frequency with which you feed them—to change as they age. Work with your veterinarian to figure out a personalized diet plan for your dog.