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Staffordshire Terriers, sometimes referred to as "pit bull" type, are intelligent and trainable dogs. They can have a lot of energy and are often great canine athletes!
Pete (Petey), the canine star in the Little Rascals, was an American Staffordshire Terrier.Read Full Breed Description
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The American Staffordshire Terrier, the smaller Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and related breeds sometimes referred to as “pit bull type” dogs are dogs of English heritage in the terrier group known for fearlessness and loyalty. Brought to the United States in the late 19th century, these well-built dogs were initially developed by crossing Molloser-type dogs (likely bulldogs) with terriers to develop strength and fearlessness for the fighting ring. With proper training, these intelligent dogs can be great guardians and family pets, but they are also unfortunately a favorite for people wanting to train vicious dogs. Thus, although these dogs routinely score well on temperament tests, they are also responsible for a disproportionate number of dog bites and attacks. As a result, breed-specific legislation is often targeted at dogs in this group.
Socialization in puppyhood is a must to prevent aggression around other dogs later in life, as well as daily exercise through adulthood. Its short coat is low-maintenance and usually low-shedding. Staffordshire Terrier type dogs are generally healthy, although hip dysplasia can be a problem for American Staffordshire Terriers.
|FCI Group:||Group 3, Section 1|
Male: 57-67 lb
Female: 57-67 lb
Male: 18-19 in
Female: 17-18 in
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