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American Staffordshire Terrier or Amstaff, dog with imposing muscles

 Commonly called Amstaff, the American Staffordshire Terrier impresses by its imposing musculature and its power. Behind this morphology all in muscles hides however a soft animal.

Characteristics of the Amstaff


If there is one thing that attracts the Amstaff's attention, it is certainly his very muscular body. Of medium size, this dog develops strength and musculature with strong bones. He has a medium sized head, a broad skull and a marked stop. The eyes are round, dark and set wide apart while the ears are rather small compared to the size of the animal and moreover, fall to the sides. A peculiarity of the Amstaff is the jaw which is well defined and strong. As for the coat, it is important to know that this dog has a short and tight coat. The standard prohibits too much shine. He will prefer a hard touch. All colors are allowed except liver or tan black as well as uniformly white or 80% white coats.

History of the race American Staffordshire Terrier


The history of the Amstaff goes back a long way, in the 19th century to be precise. It comes from the English colonies of Canada and North America and not really from England as it is often said. The Amstaff will come from crossbreeding between different breeds including the Blue Paul terrier (breed that no longer exists today) or the Bull-and-Terrier. Namely that at the time, these dogs were mainly used for fighting. They were also used for guarding properties, guarding herds or as hunting dogs. The recognition of the breed by the American Kennel Club took place around the beginning of the 1930s. It will be officially baptized American Staffordshire Terrier only in 1976.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the American Staffordshire Terrier


First important detail to know about the Amstaff: he is classified as a category 2 dangerous dog in France. This means that you need a possession permit, take out a civil liability insurance, vaccinate him against rabies every year or put a collar, leash and muzzle on him during outings. The fact is that because of the men, this breed does not have a good reputation. It is considered aggressive. However, this character emerges only because of a bad education based on cruel methods.

Otherwise, the Amstaff is a calm, independent and very intelligent animal. It is also affectionate and remains very close to its masters. For a harmonious cohabitation with him, it is necessary a firm education which will come to channel his energy. He can perfectly evolve in an apartment, but regular physical exercise and outings are necessary.

Diet and main health problems of the Amstaff


The American Staffordshire Terrier is a dog rather easy to live with. He can perfectly content himself with an industrial food. A limited quantity will be recommended in the morning followed by a hearty meal in the evening. He must eat in a quiet and isolated place. On the health side, the Amstaff is very robust and lives up to 12 years. But one must be careful with genetic diseases such as cerebellar ataxia which affects the cerebellum and the spinal cord.