Due to its characteristics and qualities, the American Staffordshire Terrier demonstrated the desired traits of a Watch dog, Farm Dog and fighting dog and is known by its nick name the "King of the Fighting Pits". The origin of the American Staffordshire Terrier dog breed was in United States where it was developed in the late 1800's. There are Limitations of ownership of the American Staffordshire Terrier in some USA States.
American Staffordshire Terrier Breed Group and Dog Type - Terriers Group (AKC:1936): The American Staffordshire Terrier is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Terriers Group (AKC:1936).
Other names for the American Staffordshire Terrier: The American Staffordshire Terrier is known by the nickname of the "King of the Fighting Pits". Other names for this breed of dog include the Pit Dog, Pit Bull Terrier, American Bull Terrier, Yankee Terrier, Amstaff, Staff, Staffie and AST.
Origin of the name: The name reflects the not only the breed's American heritage but also its roots in Staffordshire, a county in England. The origin of the word 'terrier' is derived from the Latin word 'terra' meaning "earth" as so many of the terrier breeds were originally bred and trained to pursue their quarry, such as rats, mice and small game into their bolt holes.
American Staffordshire Terrier History and Origin: The country of origin of the American Staffordshire Terrier breed was in United States during the late 1800's. The "Yankee Terrier" was a crossbreed mix of Staffordshire Terriers and the Bulldog. These tough, fearless dogs were originally used as fighting dogs in English Bull and Bear baiting rings where crowds gambled on the outcome.
Bear and Bull baiting continued until it was eventually banned in 1835. These ferocious dogs were then used in dog fighting contests and the same practice was adopted in America. In 1817, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was brought to America and dog fighting also became established as part of the American culture.
John P. Colby (1875-1941) was a dog breeder from Newburyport, Massachusetts started his strain of American Pit Bull Terriers in 1889, from the best terriers and bulldogs from England and Ireland. The prowess in the dog pits and rings earned the dog the 'Pit Bull' title and is responsible for the nickname "King of the Fighting Pits".
American Staffordshire Terrier Modern History: The dog fighting bloodsport was eventually banned, but illegal dog fighting contests continue to this day. The modern history of the American Staffordshire Terrier moved on and the breed is now used as a family pet and guard dog. This dog can be dangerous, due to its fighting heritage, and there are therefore Limitations of ownership of the American Staffordshire Terrier in some USA States.
The American Staffordshire Terrier was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1936.
American Staffordshire Terrier Height: The American Staffordshire Terrier breed is classified as a medium sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 17 - 19 inches (43 - 48 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is 16 - 18 inches (41 - 46 cm).
American Staffordshire Terrier Weight: The weight of the male in this medium sized dog is 57 - 67 pounds (25 - 30 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is 57 - 67 pounds (25 - 30 kg).
American Staffordshire Terrier Coat Type: The coat type is described as a short, glossy coat.
American Staffordshire Terrier Coat Colors: The colors of this dog breed include black, blue, brown and white colors. N.B. The word "Blue" is used to describe a cool-toned, metallic gray color.
American Staffordshire Terrier Grooming - LOW Grooming Needs: The dog grooming needs of the American Staffordshire Terrier are categorized as Low in order to maintain a healthy coat and reduce the risk of skin infections. The limited dog grooming needs of the American Staffordshire Terrier are therefore considered to be low maintenance, requiring limited attention to grooming with casual brushing and combing.
Dog Grooming needs should also include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the eyes, ears, nails and teeth.
American Staffordshire Terrier Litter Size: The litter size of this dog breed ranges from 5-10 puppies. American Staffordshire Terrier puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of American Staffordshire Terrier puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.
American Staffordshire Terrier Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of this popular dog breed is described as Faithful, Loyal, Attentive, Tenacious and Alert.
American Staffordshire Terrier Exercise Requirements - MODERATE Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog are moderate. The American Staffordshire Terrier requires regular daily exercise consisting of about one hour every day. This medium sized dog has a steady, robust gait with strides of a moderate length requiring a steady walking or jogging speed by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements. If the dog has more energy than you do, then teach your dog to play ball in a chase and catch game.
American Staffordshire Terrier Diet: A fully grown American Staffordshire Terrier should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.
American Staffordshire Terrier Health Problems: Potential health problems of the American Staffordshire Terrier breed include Hip Dysplasia . Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the American Staffordshire Terrier dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: No.
American Staffordshire Terrier Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the American Staffordshire Terrier breed is 12-14 year.
American Staffordshire Terrier Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the American Staffordshire Terrier breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male American Staffordshire Terrier names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are: Grendel *** Hamlet *** Jett *** Brink *** Chaos *** Wolf *** Zephyr *** Rosh *** Buster *** Cody.
American Staffordshire Terrier Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the girl dog. Our top choice of good female American Staffordshire Terrier names are Zia *** Molly *** Yamma *** Maya *** Cleo *** Honey *** Belle *** Precious *** Shelby *** Maddy.