American Staffordshire Terrier
A brief history on the American Staffordshire Terrier
The first known origins of the American Staffordshire Terrier date back to the early 19th century where this breed was thought to have evolved from the cross between a pit bull and a game terrier breed. Commonly known as the ‘bull and terrier dog’ or ‘half pit’ dog because of its combative and active appearance, it later became known as the Staffordshire Bull Terrier in the country of England. After receiving American Kennel Club recognition in 1936, Americans increased their weight in their effort to separate the pit bull and the terrier into two distinctive breeds which eventually became known as the American Staffordshire Terrier
Getting to know your American Staffordshire Terrier
The American Staffordshire Terrier is recognized for its muscular build and strength which is enhanced only by its intelligence in this particular breed of canine. These characteristics make the American Staffordshire Terrier ideally suited to a variety of dog sports. Possessing unharalled agility, this breed of dog is also known for its tracking abilities, as well as its response and conformity to obedience training. The breed is easily identified by its sturdy body and strappingly powerful head.
The American Staffordshire Terrier’s head is medium in length with pronounced check bones having ears set high that are favorably uncropped. Eyes are deep in color and set far apart. Its muzzle is also medium in length and its jaws are predominant with great biting power. Its nose is commonly black in color. The neck is thick, heavy, and medium in length with no excess skin. Shoulders are well built with blades broad and sloping. The body of an AST is sturdy and muscular with the forelegs set a bit part as to lend way for a developing chest, which becomes deep and expansive. Interestingly, its tail is short; set low narrowing to a distinctive point. Its legs are straight muscular and compact.
Upon reviewing this medium sized dog anyone would agree it displays great strength and power by its appearance. An all-around muscular and sturdy dog it is also recognized for its attributes of being an extremely agile dog with grace. A breed that loves life it is acutely aware of its surroundings and can maneuver well carrying its stocky stature.
Showing your American Staffordshire Terrier
Acquiring recognition status in the American Kennel Club since the mid 1930’s the American Staffordshire Terrier group classification is that of a general purpose dog. The AKC statistic report recorded in 2012 states this particular breed of dog was ranked 64th amongst the other competitive breeds in show.