American Staffordshire Terrier, known perhaps even better as Amstaff, is a dog not of size XL but that manages to combine in itself a great temperament and a great balance. Despite the bad rumors circulating about this breed, having been born to fight, theAmerican Staffordshire Terrier shows a good ability to socialize, from the first months of life. Powerful and friendly it is an excellent one pet dog able to protect us.
American Staffordshire Terrier: origins
Born between the United States of America and Canada, theAmerican Staffordshire Terrier, around 1885, and was born as a fighter. As a winner of dog fights, which fortunately became illegal. It was in those years that theAmerican Kennel Club (AKC), for the protection of pure dog breeds, which will recognize this breed only in 1936, defining its standard.
Meanwhile ours American Staffordshire Terrier it grows to take the form of the dog we know today as Amstaff. Its history, its physical traits and its character, are to be sought by orienting itself between crosses that see protagonists dogs of the type molossoid and type terrier.
According to experts, the most probable ancestors are two breeds that are extinct today but from which many dogs come that today we see walking quietly, alive and well and happy: they are the Bull and Terrier, ancestor of all "bull-type Terriers", and the Blue Paul Terrier, companion of the pirates who one day made land some specimens.
Continuing the selection, dog fights have become illegal for which theAmerican Staffordshire Terrier had been created, some breeders have begun to change course with crossbreeds to transform this dog into a living and companion animal.
Paying attention to the morphological-aesthetic canons, the current salon was born American Staffordshire Terrier while his cousin Pitbull remained in the fighting world. The long name ofAmstaff he played before with "Pit" in fact, instead of Staffordshire, and it was the AKC that changed it to indicate that it is not a ring dog but with a reputation based on elegance and flamboyance.
American Staffordshire Terrier: appearance
Despite being of medium size l'American Staffordshire Terrier a very strong and robust dog appears. It does not appear high on the limbs, but it cannot be defined as stocky: it has an overall proportionate, massive and muscular structure. Just seeing him move to be able to say that it is an agile and elegant dog: having him accompany us on a walk makes our figure even more harmonious, if possible. Medium size, in the case ofAmerican Staffordshire Terrier it translates into a height at the withers which for the male goes from 45 cm to 48 cm, slightly less for the female.
Looking at him in the eyes, dark and round, well spaced, he hasn't nothing aggressive, this dog, with a muzzle with well pronounced but still rounded muscles. The ears come out high, short and pointed, or carried to "pink", the nose is black and rather large, the neck is powerful as well as the chest, broad and deep. The tail, illegally clipped in the past, is not very long and tapers at the end, but is never curled or rolled up: it accompanies theAmerican Staffordshire Terrier in its agile and elastic gait, never sprung.
American Staffordshire Terrier: coat
There are all colors, of American Staffordshire Terrier, but some more tolerated than others. The coat of this dog, in any case, and in every color, is always short and without undercoat, but thick. To caress it you feel that it is a hard coat, but you admire it for how shiny it is and of equal length throughout the body. Returning to the chromatic aspect, we find American Staffordshire Terrier with a single color, patchy or brindle coat. The colors are all "available" in the large sampling there are those tolerated but not desired: pure white, black and tan and liver.
American Staffordshire Terrier: character
He has a courage also defined by the most critics, "proverbial"American Staffordshire Terrier, ex aggressive dog that today combines a great temperament and a deep balance. By nature it has a strong character, dominant with its peers, but when it is welcomed into the family it is capable of showing off excellent socialization skills.
L'American Staffordshire Terrier he becomes attached to a particular person who becomes his reference but is open and well disposed with the whole family, even with strangers he is not aggressive. Today he is considered among the excellent dogs as life companions, he has been able to redeem his blood-stained origins.
American Staffordshire Terrier: breeding
Raised for different purposes throughout history, but raised often and willingly, theAmerican Staffordshire Terrier he sees some main bloodlines of his race: the X-Pert, the Tacoma, the Ruffians, the Crusanders. Stuff for connoisseurs. Today, however, from the career of a wrestler he has passed to that of a companion dog, for his docile character, and for show, for his beauty. In the second case, it is also necessary to be interested in these refinements.
American Staffordshire Terrier: price
A puppy of American Staffordshire Terrier it has a price that varies from 200 to 900 euros, it also depends a lot on the color and the various criteria of physical proportion. It also depends on us and on our intentions towards him: if we want him as a family dog or if we intend to travel the world to show him in exhibitions and make him compete in beauty. In both cases theAmerican Staffordshire Terrier not an onerous dog to keep: average. Instead, it is necessary to make him do a lot of physical movement.
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