17-19” (43-48 cm) 57-67 lb (26-30.5 kg) Close, glossy coat of any colour. Solid or patched is permissible, but all white, or more than 80 percent white, black and tan, or liver are discouraged.
Like its cousins, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier also originated from ancient Greek mastiff-type dogs. Slightly larger than its counterparts, these were the powerful canines who fought in arenas throughout the Roman Empire. Butchers used the determined dogs to help control bulls; hunters used them to catch and hold wild boar and other game. In England, these roles changed to bull- and bearbaiting until each “sport” was banned in 1835. Out of the ring, the breed won admiration for its handsome appearance and lasting affection for its owner. It was this affable nature that made the breed popular with North American settlers as guard and hunting dogs.
In 1936, the AKC recognized the American Pit Bull Terrier but altered the name to Staffordshire Terrier. In 1972, the name was amended again. The American Staffordshire Terrier sets the breed apart from its smaller cousin.
The American Staffordshire Terrier can make a stable, loyal and loving friend when socialized at an early age, and trained by someone knowledgeable. He responds quickly and eagerly to instruction but may be aggressive with other dogs. He needs multiple daily walks to keep him fit and stimulated, and walks that bring a “Staffie” in contact with other dogs and people contribute to his socialization.
Charger Reg’d. Since 1992. Breeding to the standard for sound minds and bodies. Strong, athletic, intelligent and driven to please the Am Staff is diverse but does require positive social interactions and ongoing experienced training. Quality home raised puppies from champion and working bloodlines available to loving approved homes. Health guarantee and lifetime breeder support. April & Matt Perrin, Quesnel, BC. (250) 249-5070; cell (250) 682-0948; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.chargeramstaffs.com