|Category||Medium breeds: 20-50 lbs|
|Country of origin||United States|
The American Staffordshire Terrier should give the impression of great strength for his size, a well put-together dog, muscular, but agile and graceful, keenly alive to his surroundings. He should be stocky, not long-legged or racy in outline. Height and weight should be in proportion. A height of about 18 to 19 inches (46 to 48 cm) at shoulders for the male and 17 to 18 inches (43 to 46 cm) for the female is to be considered preferable.
Despite its name, the Staffordshire Terrier was first bred in the nineteenth century in Birmingham, West Midlands, rather than in the English county of Staffordshire where it was then later bred. The early ancestors of this breed came from England, where until the first part of the 19th century, the Bulldog was bred in England. Bulldogs pictured as late as 1870 resemble contemporary American Staffordshire Terriers to a greater degree than present-day Bulldogs.
According to the American Kennel Club "The Am Staff is a people-oriented dog that thrives when he is made part of the family and given a job to do. Although friendly, this breed is loyal to his own family.
If you are looking for a loyal and loving companion, the American Staffordshire Terrier is a great choice. This breed is known for its intelligence and strength, making it an excellent family pet. The breed is naturally protective and loyal, so it is important to provide plenty of socialization and positive reinforcement when training. Grooming requirements are minimal, but regular brushing and nail trimming are necessary. In addition, Am Staffs require regular exercise and mental stimulation to stay healthy and happy. When introducing your Am Staff to other animals and children, it is important to do so slowly and carefully. With proper training, socialization, and exercise, the American Staffordshire Terrier can make a great companion for years to come.