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American Staffordshire Terrier

The American Staffordshire Terrier is very closely related to the American Pit Bull Terrier and is one of the breeds frequently referred to as a Pit Bull. The American Staffordshire Terrier is a medium sized dog that typically stands 16 to 19 inches tall and weighs from 57 to 67 pounds.

The breed is squarely built and appears strong and graceful. The American Staffordshire Terrier should be stocky and broad with a broad skull, strong jaws and pronounced cheek muscles. The ears may be cropped, rose or half prick. It is often taller than the American Pit Bull Terrier.

The coat of the American Staffordshire Terrier is glossy and short; any solid color, patched or parti is permitted, but all white (or more than 80% white), liver and black and tan are not encouraged.

As a breed, the American Staffordshire Terrier is very friendly toward humans, attentive and devoted. The American Staffordshire Terrier was not bred to be a guard dog or to exhibit overly aggressive behavior. This type of behavior is usually a sign of abuse. The American Staffordshire Terrier is highly responsive during training and known to pick up behaviors quickly.

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American Staffordshire Terrier


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