American Staffordshire Terrier and Staffordshire
Over 250 color photos as well as a gallery
of historical black and white photos photos depict
the past and present of the staffordshire Terriers.
This book will prove invaluable to active members
of the breed fancies and pet owners alike, as
it offers information concerning history, breed
conformation, management, and health care.
The American Staffordshire Terrier aka Amstaff is a
short-coated, medium-sized dog breed. It is one of several
breeds that fall under the umbrella of Pit Bulls. Early
in the 20th century, Staffordshire terriers were accepted
by the American Kennel Club and gained some popularity
among the population. The AKC changed their name to
American Staffordshire Terriers so as not to confuse
them with the Staffordshire Bull Terrier in England.
Staffordshire terriers are a breed that loves people.
Once they are part of a family and given a role within
the family unit, they will be loyal, friendly and hardworking
forever. Their loyalty to their family has caused a
few cases of Staffordshire terriers protecting their
family, which has contributed to this breed being known
as a “bully breed.” However, as long as this breed is
trained to be accepting of other dogs and non-family
members, they are as friendly and loving as any other
breed. They are also excellent with child, often treating
their owner's offspring as one of their own and providing
children with a best friend from birth.
Staffordshire terriers were first bread in Birmingham,
England, but later breeding took place in Staffordshire
where the name comes from. As early as 1850, the Stafford
terrier was in America. However, these were the Staffordshire
Terriers that England calls the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
It wasn’t until 1969 when the name was changed to represent
this new breed. During the time of arrival and this
name change, American breeders had begun breeding heavier
dogs then the English version, and so the name change
was used to distinguish between the older breed and
the new breed of Staffordshire terriers.
Staffordshire terriers range from 40-60 lbs and are
about 17-19 inches in height. So, Staffordshire terriers
are on the smaller side of the “bully breeds” when compared
to American bulldogs and pit bulls.
Staffordshire terriers should give the impression that
they have great strength for their size. A healthy Staffordshire
terrier should be muscular, but agile, lively, but graceful.
This breed can be vulnerable to urinary tract infections,
skin allergies, osteoarthritis, hip and elbow dysplasia,
A Staffordshire terriers diet should consist of a healthy
balance of meat and vegetables with all of the vitamins
they need to keep their muscles and bones healthy. As
long as their diet is of the best quality, the conditions
mentioned above shouldn’t be an issue.
With good care and plenty of exercise, a Staffordshire
Terrier can live life up to 12 years.
Interesting Traits Staffordshire terriers are
known for being very lively. Some see this as a bad
side as it can be quite a challenge to subdue what is
basically a bag of muscle. However, this lively nature
and their loyalty makes them a great playmate for children.
They also make great companions for the working men
and women thanks to their massive amount of energy.
Staffordshire Terriers Breed Standard
Standard of the American Staffordshire Terrier that
was approved by the American Kennel Association in 1936.
General Impression : 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.
His courage is proverbial.
Head : Medium length, deep through, broad skull,
very pronounced cheek muscles, distinct stop; and ears
are set high.
Ears - Cropped or uncropped, the latter preferred. Uncropped
ears should be short and held rose or half prick. Full
drop to be penalized. Eyes - Dark and round, low down
in skull and set far apart. No pink eyelids. Muzzle
- Medium length, rounded on upper side to fall away
abruptly below eyes. Jaws well defined. Underjaw to
be strong and have biting power. Lips close and even,
no looseness. Upper teeth to meet tightly outside lower
teeth in front. Nose definitely black.
Neck : Heavy, slightly arched, tapering from shoulders
to back of skull. No looseness of skin. Medium length.
Shoulders : Strong and muscular with blades wide and
sloping. Back : Fairly short. Slight sloping from withers
to rump with gentle short slope at rump to base of tail.
Loins slightly tucked.
Body : Well - sprung ribs, deep in rear. All ribs close
together. Forelegs set rather wide apart to permit chest
development. Chest deep and broad.
Tail : Short in comparison to size, low set, tapering
to a fine point; not curled or held over back. Not docked.
Legs : The front legs should be straight, large or round
bones, pastern upright. No semblance of bend in front.
Hindquarters well - muscled, let down at hocks, turning
neither in nor out. Feet of moderate size, well - arched
and compact. Gait must be springy but without roll or
Coat : Short, close, stiff to the touch, and glossy.
Color : Any color, solid, parti, or patched is permissible,
but all whit e, more than 80 per cent white, black and
tan, and liver not to be encouraged.
Size : Height and weight should be in proportion. A
height of about 18 to 19 inches at shoulders for the
male and 17 to 18 inches for the female is to be considered
Faults : Faults to be penalized are: Dudley nose, light
or pink eyes, tail too long or badly carried, undershot
or overshot mouths.
Approved June 10, 1936