American Staffordshire Terrier
Hard-working and loyal dogs.
Intelligent, hard-working, and stoic dogs.
Very loyal to family and usually good with children. May not get along well with other dogs.
American Staffordshire Terriers seem to enjoy dog sports such as agility, flyball, rally and competitive obedience.
The American Staffordshire Terrier was originally bred for various purposes including the guarding of people and/or property. Individual members of this breed will benefit from firm and dedicated training to temper this guarding tendency, and thus help to maintain safety as a household companion.
Did You Know?
The American Staffordshire Terrier isn’t originally from America. Instead, these hard-working loyal dogs have their roots in England. Back in the 19th century, various terriers were crossed with bulldogs, producing their ancestor – the English Staffordshire Terrier.
As their modern, transatlantic cousin, the American Staffordshire Terrier is a very different animal, quite literally. In the US, they were specifically bred to be bigger and heavier – and used for dog fighting until it was eventually banned in the early 1900s.
In 1936, the American Kennel Club officially recognized them as a breed. Today, we recognize them for their intelligent and extremely loyal natures.
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