The American Staffordshire Terrier, known by breed lovers as a highly devoted, intelligent, and courageous breed. They love their family members and do well with both adults and children in the household. Descendants of the English breed, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, these dogs started making their way to America as early as 1870.
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1. These strong and athletic dogs are also very high energy and require regular exercise daily. They also need an owner who will establish who is the leader because they have minds of their own and will not obey an owner they do not view as the one who leads.
2. American Staffordshire Terriers are one of the breeds that fall under the describer of Pit Bull along with several other breeds including the Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, and the Dogue de Bordeaux.
3. Some of the most common health problems for American Staffordshire Terriers are skin allergies, urinary tract infections, and auto-immune diseases.
4. One of the most famous Amstaffs is Bud, the first dog to take a cross-country drive in a motorcar with his owner Horatio Nelson Jackson. Back then, they didn’t have windshields, so Horatio outfitted Bud with his own motor goggles to keep things out of his eyes on their drive!
5. If you like parkour, you may want to check out Tret the Amstaff. He’s a parkouring dog that hails from the Ukraine!
6. If you’ve seen the early Our Gang films (later known as The Little Rascals), you’ve seen an American Staffordshire Terrier on the big screen! The dog known as “Pete the Pup” in the film franchise was an Amstaff!
7. While this breed can come in almost any color, some preferred colors are blue, blonde, and black and white.
8. The Staffordshire Terrier was recognized as an official breed by the American Kennel Club in 1936, but it was not until 1969 when they officially changed the name to American Staffordshire Terrier to distinguish it from the English breed.
9. This breed is relatively easy to groom, requiring only occasional brushing; they should only be bathed when necessary.
10. Because American Staffordshire Terriers require lots of exercise, they make excellent running partners!