Often distinguished by its wide, strong, broad, sturdy and powerful head, the American Staffordshire Terrier is extremely strong for its size. It has a medium length muzzle that is rounded on the upper side, abruptly falling away below the eyes. Its dark round eyes are set far apart, low down in the skull and are covered by pink eyelids. It has a very strong jaw, with lips that are even and close without any dewlap or looseness. Its ears are set high on the head and may be cropped or uncropped. Most owners prefer uncropped ears that are short and held rose or half prick. Its teeth form a scissors bite.
Its neck slopes down to a wide, deep chest and rib cage. It has a short back, straight front legs and a short, tapered tail. Its frame is medium-sized and solid. It has a very muscular and stocky body which gives the impression that it has great strength for its size, along with agility and grace. It combines muscular stockiness with a poise that is graceful and also has a springy gait.
This breed has a low maintenance short coat which comes in various colors including patched, solid colored and parti-colored. The coat is close and comprises of stiff, thick hair that is glossy to touch. Its un-docked tail is short in comparison to the size of the dog and tapers to a point. This breed has a generally larger bone structure, weight and head size than its cousin, the American Pit Bull Terrier.
The American Staffordshire Terrier is a strong dog whose intelligence and athletic build make him suitable for numerous dog sports including agility, conformation and tracking. Some of the talents of the American Staffordshire Terrier include guarding, watchdog, weight pulling and police work. These dogs have historically been equally popular with farmers and families. Good ratters, this dog is useful for hunting bears and wild pigs. Pit bulls can do it all, from being a great playmate for kids to serving in the military. These are vocal dogs that make all sorts of unusual noises as they attempt to communicate with you.
The American Staffordshire Terrier is a happy, confident, stable and outgoing dog. Loving and gentle toward people, this dog makes an amusing, good-natured and affectionate family pet. This breed is a people-oriented dog that thrives when incorporated into a family and given a job to do. Good with children and adults, this dog is almost always obedient, desiring nothing more than to please his master. Over five decades of careful breeding has produced a trustworthy dog that is especially good for children.
It is typically a docile animal that is playful with its family and generally friendly toward strangers, but only in the presence of its owners. While this is a friendly breed, he is extremely loyal to his family, highly protective and will protect his owner and his property from every threat. Full of life, this breed makes an extremely courageous guard dog. It is simultaneously outstanding as a guardian of property and as an esteemed companion dog.
A persistent fighter when provoked, this dog will fight an enemy to the death when it feels trapped in a corner and its loved ones are threatened. It has a very high pain tolerance and its low center of gravity enables it to remain on its feet during a fight, and its nimbleness enables it to avoid the teeth of its opponent. Its jaws are strong and very powerful. The protectiveness of this breed makes it sometimes aggressive towards other dogs – especially when it feels challenged by them. It is common for this dog to display competitive and protective instincts around other dogs and animals.
A typical terrier, even a dog from show background is far more likely to be a fighter than a lover when it encounters another dog, especially of the same gender. It is advisable to avoid keeping intact males together or taking these dogs to parks and allowing them to run loose. Whether an Am Staff will get along with other dogs in public varies from one individual dog to the next. While some may be friendly, others may not be as much. And all dogs are likely to see cats and other small furry animals as prey.
This dog is fearless, stubborn and tenacious. But even with all its tough exterior, the one thing that this dog values the most in life is the fond attention of its owner. Tractability and docility are vital traits in a powerful dog that requires handling even in the midst of a dog fight, and this dog therefore evolved its disposition into one that is sweet and trustworthy even around people. Although this dog looks formidable, over decades, it has been bred to love and accept people.
This is a loving, loyal and dependable dog – a happy, loved friend that is affectionate with loads of energy. Most of the time, the dog is a calm and steady buddy who doesn’t mind hanging out on the couch. Naturally eager to please its owners, this dog can become an exemplary member of the family with the right care and attention. While this dog is able to live outdoors in temperate climates, its temperament is far better suited to sharing the family home.
Carefully bred, he is a smart, strong and determined dog and backing down is not part of its normal behavior. However, the idea that the pit bull has a dual-personality that makes it ready to instantly switch form a loving pet to a killer is unwarranted. From his earliest days as a farm dog up to when he was bred for dog fighting, the pit bull has always been a sturdy dog with an unquenchable spirit. Its breeders ultimately created a breed that is stable, resilient, as well as extremely people-friendly. This is why so many pit bulls, even those coming from the worst backgrounds, go on to become loving, trustworthy family dogs.
One of the primary misconceptions about this breed is that it is a vicious guard dog. This is far from the truth. While it might look scary, it serves well in intimidating potential intruders, although the truth is that this dog can be loving to just about anyone. As a guard dog, he is just a bit too outgoing to be successful. With its family, it is not very aware of its size and will often try to squeeze onto a lap to receive some love.
When left alone for long periods, pit bulls do not do well and are not as happy as backyard dogs. Allow the dog to live as a member of the family and you may find yourself with a bored, lonely, destructive and noisy nuisance, in place of a happy companion that is well-behaved.