American Staffordshire Terrier

The American Staffordshire Terrier is a breed of medium-sized, short-coated dog whose early ancestors came from England.

In the early part of the twentieth century, the breed gained social stature and was accepted by the American Kennel Club as the American Staffordshire Terrier. They are not to be confused with the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

History

Origins

The early ancestors of this breed come from England, where applications included farm use, guarding, dog fighting, and companionship. Until the first part of the 19th century, the Bulldog was bred in England for the purpose of baiting bulls. Bulldogs pictured as late as 1870 resemble contemporary American Staffordshire Terriers to a greater degree than present-day Bulldogs. Some writers contend it was the White English Terrier, Fox Terrier, or the Black and Tan Terrier that was crossed with the Bulldog to develop the Staffordshire Terrier; all three breeds shared many traits, the greatest differences being in color, aggressiveness, and spirit. The cross of Bulldog and Terrier was called by several names, including Bull-and-Terrier Dog, Half and Half, and Pit Dog or Pit Bull terrier. Later, it assumed the name of Staffordshire Bull Terrier in England. These dogs began to find their way into America as early as 1870, where they became known as the Pit Dog and Pit Bull Terrier, then the American Bull Terrier, and still later as the Yankee Terrier.

Popularity

American Staffordshire Terriers gained in popularity in the 1920s with �Pete the Pup's� appearances in the Our Gang (The Little Rascals) comedies, contributing to the spread of the breed.

In 1936, they were accepted for registration in the AKC Stud Book as Staffordshire Terriers, belonging to the terrier and molosser groups. The name of the breed was revised January 1, 1972 to American Staffordshire Terrier; breeders in the United States had developed a variety which was heavier in weight than the Staffordshire Bull Terrier of England - the name change was to distinguish them as separate breeds.

The breed's popularity began to decline in the United States following World War II.

Images of the breed were used to represent the US during the 1900s as a depiction of strength and dignity.

Temperament

The American Temperament Test Society conducts tests every year on thousands of dogs to determine the soundness of their temperament. The American Staffordshire Terrier routinely ranks well above many "popular" breeds such as the Beagle, Collie, Doberman Pinscher and the Cocker Spaniel.

Intelligence, human attenuation, energy, and affection are characteristic of the breed.

Worldwide, The American Staffordshire Terrier has been subject to breed bans that target the Bull and Terrier family in response to well-publicized incidents involving pit bull-type dogs or similar dog breeds. This legislation ranges from outright bans on possession to restrictions and conditions of ownership. The appropriateness and effectiveness of breed-specific legislation in preventing dog related fatalities and injuries is disputed. Many animal-related organizations oppose breed-specific legislation:

The American Veterinary Medical Association supports dangerous animal legislation by state, county, or municipal governments provided that legislation does not refer to specific breeds or classes of animals.

Canadian Veterinary Medical Association supports dangerous dog legislation provided that it does not refer to specific breeds.

The Centers for Disease Control said that breed-specific approaches to the control of dog bites do not address the issue that many breeds are involved in the problem and that most of the factors contributing to dog bites are related to the level of responsibility exercised by dog owners. Furthermore, tethered dogs are more likely to bite than untethered dogs.

Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association states that because of difficulties inherent in determining a dog�s breed with certainty, enforcement of breed-specific ordinances raises constitutional and practical issues.

SPCA recognizes that dog bites are a serious public safety problem. Their interest in this issue relates directly to the goal of creating humane communities where people and animals enrich each other�s lives. However, the BC SPCA opposes breed banning as a strategy for achieving this goal. According to the SPCA, breed banning is a simplistic and ineffective solution to a multi-faceted problem.

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Posted on: 08/26/2015
Age: older then 2 years
LOCATION: Srednjobanatski okrug, Zrenjanin
Owner: Vida
Breed : American Staffordshire Terrier
Category: Dogs For Sale
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Posted on: 08/26/2015
Age: older then 2 years
LOCATION: Srednjobanatski okrug, Zrenjanin
Owner: Vida
Breed : American Staffordshire Terrier
Category: Dogs For Sale
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Posted on: 10/26/2014
Age: up to six months
LOCATION: Južnobački okrug, Bečej
Owner: Andor Latak
Breed : American Staffordshire Terrier
Category: Puppies for sale
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Posted on: 08/03/2014
Age: up to six months
LOCATION: Srednjobanatski okrug, Zrenjanin
Owner: Svitlana Kononjuk
Breed : American Staffordshire Terrier
Category: Puppies for sale
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Posted on: 01/27/2014
Age: up to six months
LOCATION: Srednjobanatski okrug
Owner: miroslav mucalov
Breed : American Staffordshire Terrier
Category: Dogs For Sale
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Posted on: 11/28/2013
Age: up to six months
LOCATION: Braničevski okrug, Kostolac, Požarevac
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Breed : American Staffordshire Terrier
Category: Dogs For Sale
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Posted on: 02/10/2013
Age: up to six months
LOCATION: Nišavski okrug, Merošina
Owner: Marko Ilic
Breed : American Staffordshire Terrier
Category: Puppies for sale
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