American Staffordshire Terrier
- AKC recognized in 1936
- Lifespan: 10-12 years
- Size: Medium
- Energy: Medium
- Recommended Crate Size: 30” dog crate
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The American Staffordshire Terrier is a dog breed that was originally from Great Britain before migrated to the US. This dog is medium sized with a life expectancy up to 12 years. This dog has become a favorite in the US and Canada. The American Staffordshire Terrier is tenacious, dutiful, brave, faithful, friendly, and attentive. It is no wonder that many North Americans choose this dog to be their friends. The AmStaff ranges in weight between 60 - 90 lbs with a height of 18-20 inches. This breed's colors vary from black, brown, yellow, blue, old brown, and striped.
The American Kennel Club formally recognized the American Staffordshire Terrier in 1936. These medium energy dogs are known as confident, good-natured, and smart companion dogs. This dog is also highly intelligent and as such, easy to train. The American Staffordshire Terrier is also commonly referred to as Staffie or AST.
Some believe that this dog has an arrogant facial expression, others can see this as a bit frightening. By and large, most people see this breed for the good nature energy that it has along with very human-like expressions. The AmStaf does not have a long coat, which tends to be short along its entire body. Its eyes are black and sharp. This dog comes in various colors like black, brown, white, and a combination thereof.
It is recommended to provide feed formulated to medium-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a health, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.
As this dog does not have long fur, it does not need regular bathing. The owner may only need to clean the fur with a wet towel to remove the dust and dirt three times a week. Besides this, regular teeth brushing is necessary to keep the mouth healthy, as well as regular ear checking to avoid any infectious bacteria growing in the ear. Sometimes, the American Staffordshire Terrier has a predisposition to some health problems such as hip dysplasia, ataxia, Patellar injury, and congenital cataract. But, as long as the owner maintains regular visits to the vet, the dog will be fine.
The American Staffordshire Terrier is classified as a medium energy dog and needs regular, daily exercise. The owner can train and play with the dog outdoors because it has a good heat resistance under the sunlight. But, the owner also needs to pay attention to the dog because American Staffordshire Terrier is not always friendly with other dogs. With this said, and with proper training, it is very friendly to kids or other people. Suitable exercise is daily walking and jogging for 30-60 minutes.
Pet Crate Size
Pet Crates Direct recommends 30” dog crates for most adult American Staffordshire Terriers.
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