Cachorros american staffordshire terrier
Its family tree is a bit special, because among its ancestors there are two now extinct breeds: the Bull and Terrier and the Blue Paul Terrier. The American Staffordshire Terrier, like many of its «cousins», was initially selected for the purpose of being used as a fighting dog in arenas, as was its cousin the American Pit Bull Terrier.
The American Staffordshire Terrier is similar in character to the Pitbull, but calmer; although it has a combative personality, it is a dog that can also boast a certain self-control.
Equipped with a highly developed sensitivity, the American Staffordshire Terrier knows how to distinguish whether the person in front of him has good intentions or not, making him one of the best watchdogs.
The American Staffordshire Terrier is a dog that needs to move a lot, due to its agile and strong body. Its ideal environment would be a house in the country, with a lot of green spaces to run freely.
When a group of American Pitbull Terrier breeders wanted to start using this breed for other type of work than fighting, they began to select within the pitbulls dogs with certain characteristics, greater weight, only those with black truffles, dark eyes, etc.
Since the American Pitbull Terrier was only selected for its working abilities, they were not a homogeneous breed, there were and there are nowadays, heights ranging from 35 cm (very used in fights) to those that reach 60 cm or more (more used in vertical jumping, dragging, etc.). Neither were the ears homogeneous, nor the colors.
For a breed to be registered by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale), it must have a well-defined standard, with limits of weight, height, colors, insertion of the ears, tail, etc., so a group of breeders began with hard work to select Pitbulls with the characteristics that they believed to be most appropriate.
This is the reason why the FCI does not have the American Pitbull Terrier registered as a breed, since the selected Pitbull (American Stafford) is already considered a faithful representative of this breed. Although other entities register both as the AKC and another that is a great representative of the breed worldwide, as the ADBA.
It has a great resemblance to the American Pitbull Terrier, although they should not be confused. Being close relatives that have recently been differentiated, the main differences lie in the fact that the Amstaff should not have light eyes, nor the nose, characteristics that are allowed for the Pit Bull.
Jaws / Teeth: They are well defined. The lower jaw should be powerful, so that it can grip with force. The upper incisors are in close contact with the front face of the lower incisors.
Ears: Set on high, may or may not be cropped. Uncropped ears are preferable and should be short, carried in a rose shape or semi-erect. Fully pendant ears will be penalized.
Color: All colors are permissible, but coat with more than 80% white, black and tan coat and liver should not be valued. Although most American Staffordshire Terriers are colored.
FAULTS: Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree. Among the most common are depigmentation of the nose in the form of white patches, or dudley nose (flesh-colored or pinkish). Light or pink eyes. Lack of pigmentation in the eyelids. Tail too long or improperly carried. Bite too far forward or too far back (prognathism).
Bull and terrier
The American Staffordshire, also known as Amstaff, does not see people as potential opponents; that is, by nature it is not territorial and is friendly with people, which does not exempt it from being an excellent guardian. Only through good training can the Amstaff learn to distinguish between friend and foe and to attack intruders if necessary.
The American Staffordshire adapts as well to life in a natural environment as in the city. Because no matter where he lives, what matters most to him is to feel loved, especially by you.