The American Staffordshire Terrier was bred from the same Bull-and-Terrier dogs that were the ancestors of the Staffordshire breed in England. The breed was exported to America and evolved into a bigger, heavier dog than its British cousin. In 1972 the AmStaff was acknowledged as a separate breed. Any coat colour is acceptable – solid, particoloured or patched.
Temperament: The AmStaff is a social, affectionate dog despite its early beginnings as a fighter. They are loyal and courageous dogs who are protective of their families. Solid and athletic, the AmStaff combines power with grace and agility.
Lifestyle: He makes a fine house pet and is good with children. With socialisation progressing to obedience training he can learn to get on with dogs and other pets. The breed does not tolerate extremes in temperature.
General care: His short, glossy coat is easy to maintain with weekly brushing.
Exercise: He needs regular exercise to help him work off his excess energy. He is a terrier by nature and should be exercised on lead in open areas.