American Staffordshire Terrier
|Ease of Training
- He originated from19th century Bulldogs (used for the bloody sport of bull baiting) crossed with various terrier dog breeds.
- The early crosses between these Bulldogs and Terriers were called Bull-and-Terrier dogs and in England became known as Staffordshire Bull Terriers.
- When these dogs came to America in 1870 they were known as Pit Dogs or Pit Bull Terriers.
- Later they became known as American Bull Terriers and Yankee Terriers.
- In the United States breeders bred these dogs to be larger than the English versions making them into a distinct breed that is today called the: "American Staffordshire Terrier."
Personality and Behavior
- He's a big sweetheart, friendly towards people and loves his family
- He loves to play games
- His intimidating look makes him a good guard dog
- He tends to be aggressive towards other dogs - he may seriously harm another dog if you aren't supervising him
- His high prey drive means he'll chase and kill smaller animals
- He's easy to train because he learns commands at an above average rate.
- He sheds quite a bit of hair. You'll find some hair stuck to your clothes, couch and carpets.
Grooming / Maintenance
- His short coat only needs to be brushed occasionally. However, because it sheds you may find yourself brushing it once a week, or more, to minimize the hair in your home (what you remove with a brush doesn't end up on the couch!).