American Staffordshire Terrier has an unhappy past as it was initially created for aggression and to participate in dog fights. This dog is often confused with Pit Bull, which still is a different race.
During the Civil War, many dogs have been imported from England with the exact destination to participate in dog fights. Some breeds that were imported were the English Bulldog, Bull Terrier, English Terrier, Staffordshire Terrier and Terrier with many others. They say the American Staffordshire Terrier, just descended from these dogs. Unfortunately, this breed was originally created to become a powerful fighting dog. This led to the development of a robust dog, strong and aggressive. Fortunately, the sport became illegal, and breeders have focused on reducing the aggressiveness of the native dog, but at the same time they maintained the courage, loyalty and incredible strength. The Amstaff race today is loyal and protective, but no longer has a pronounced aggression. Initially, this breed was known as Pit Dog, Pit Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier, Yankee Terrier or American. This is probably why it was mistaken for Pit Bull breed today. In 1936, the American Kennel Club recognized the breed as the Staffordshire Terrier as s member of the terrier group. In 1972, its name was changed to American Staffordshire Terrier, following that in 1974, the Staffordshire Terrier of England to be recognized as a separate breed.
The American Staffordshire Terrier has a sturdy body, muscular and powerful. His eyes are dark, contrary to what they say about themselves, expressing gentleness and vivacity. Ears can be cropped and worn high or can be left in its natural form. If they are not cropped the Amstaff’s ears are triangular, attached to the top of the head and held the pendulum. Amstaff race has a large head and broad with a short muzzle and powerful jaws. Its tail is short and is usually worn apart from the feet. The coat is short and thick and can be found in a variety of colors, but white should not occupy more than 80% of the body surface area.
Amstaff can reach his adult height at about 43 to48 centimeters and 41 to 46 centimeters in male and female and can have a body weight of about 25 to 30 kilograms.