Am. Staffordshire Terrier

About the Breed

The American Staffordshire Terrier, also known as the Amstaff, is one of the most beloved and iconic breeds of dog in America. This breed has a long history of being loyal companions with a gentle but strong personality. Their intelligence and zest for life make them an ideal pet for many active families. Temperament The American Staffordshire Terrier is known for its loyalty and even disposition. They are incredibly loving with their owners but can be suspicious of strangers, making them great watchdogs. The breed is usually friendly with other animals if they are socialized early on in life, however some individuals may have an aggressive streak that should be monitored carefully by their owners. They are incredibly intelligent dogs, making them easy to train with positive reinforcement methods such as clicker training and treats. Ideal Owners American Staffordshire Terriers are ideal pets for active families who have a lot of time to dedicate to their furry friend. The Amstaff needs plenty of exercise every day, so they do best when they can get outdoors regularly and stay physically fit; they love going on long walks or hikes! This breed also enjoys mental stimulation in the form of obedience classes or agility courses, so owners should plan to provide these activities as well in order to keep their pup happy and healthy. History The American Staffordshire Terrier was developed in the 19th century from a combination of Bulldogs and various terriers originating in England and Ireland. The breed was initially used as fighting dogs - though this practice has since been banned - but were eventually bred down into much more docile dogs that could be kept as family pets instead. They gained popularity during World War II when soldiers returning home brought back these pups from Europe; soon after this time period, the Amstaff became one of Americas favorite breeds! Healthy Weight American Staffordshire Terriers should maintain an ideal weight range between 40-70 pounds depending on age and size; any more than that can put your pup at risk for health problems such as joint pain or diabetes due to excess body fat putting strain on vital organs like the heart or liver. To ensure your pup stays within a healthy weight range it is important to feed them a high-quality diet according to feeding guidelines set by your veterinarian or nutritionist (if necessary). Additionally monitor your pets activity levels so you can adjust caloric intake accordingly if needed; regular exercise will also help keep excess weight off! Important Health Checks To ensure your pet remains healthy throughout his/her lifetime it is important to maintain regular veterinary checkups along with vaccinations specific for your area (such rabies). Additionally performing routine bloodwork may help catch any underlying health issues before they become serious problems; this includes checking things like kidney function or thyroid levels which may not be apparent just from physical examination alone! Finally annual dental cleanings are essential because dental disease can lead not only oral pain but systemic infections too; brushing your pups teeth daily at home helps prevent plaque buildup between professional cleanings! The American Staffordshire Terrier is an intelligent breed that loves its family fiercely while still maintaining an even temperament when properly socialized early on in life - making it an ideal pet option for active households who want both companionship and protection from potential intruders alike! With proper dieting & exercise regime along with routine veterinary check ups & vaccines this breed has no problem living a long & happy life full of love & loyalty!

Healthy weight:

25-45 lbs

Recommended Food

Large breed dog food such as Royal Canin Golden Retriever or Hills Science Diet

Breed Colors

  • fawn
  • brindle
  • red
  • black
  • blue
  • white

Ideal for owners that

  • Patient
  • Loving
  • Active
  • Consistent
  • Firm
  • Dedicated
  • Confident

Health Considerations

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Allergies
  • Heart Disease
  • Eye Problems
  • Skin Conditions
  • Gastric Torsion
  • Hypothyroidism

This breed may be cute, but these are some of their common health issues to be aware of.

Temperment & Skills


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