Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Feisty Looking But Gentle Mannerd American Staffordshire Terriers

By: Eduardo C. Gonzalez

These dogs originally come from the region known as Staffordshire in England. English breeders crossed the Bulldogs with different terriers in the 19th century. The result of all these crossbreedings brought about The Stafford Bullterriers. These dogs were brought the United States. The American breeders were able to increase their weight and make their heads larger. Two strains of these breeds were developed : the non show strain known as the American Pit Bull Terrier and the show strain now widely known in the United States as the American Staffordshire Terriers. The American Staffordshire Terriers were given due recognition by the American kennel Club in 1936.

The American Staffordshire Terriers are very muscular and it does give an impression that these are vey strong dogs. These dogs are very agile but they are also graceful. They have medium length muzzles that are perfectly rounded on their upper sides. Their eyes are round, dark and positioned on the lower parts of their skull. They do have sturdy looking jaws. These dogs have lips that are leveled and are close. The ears of these dogs are set high on their heads and it can be cropped or uncropped.. Uncropped ears are preferrable. Their coats are thick and rigid. The colors of these dogs can be solid or patched. It can possess different colors. All dogs that are white, 80% white, black, tan and liver colored are not recognized by most kennel clubs. Their teeth must have the form of scissor bites. The American Strafford Terriers have bigger bone structures, heads are larger and their weigh heavier than their American cousins, the American Pitbull Terriers.

These dogs are outgoing, joyful, smart, stable and confident dogs. Give them the proper training when they are young and they will become very friendly with the family. They have a pleasant personality and this is what makes them a great family companion. They act well with strangers, as long as their families or owners are with them. They are very good dogs to have because they do act well with children around. They like their owners to pay attention to them and make them feel that they are part of the family. These dogs will protect their owners and family from any kind of danger. Just remember to be their pack leaders. Owners and family members must show that they are the leaders. If they do this, these dogs will have a wonderful relationship with their owners.

Males will reach heights of 17 – 19 inches. Females will reach heights of 16 – 18 inches.

These dogs are susceptive to health problems like: hip dysplasia, heart murmurs, thyroid dysfunctions, skin allergies, tumors, congenital heart disease and hereditary cataracts.

They are suitable for apartment living, as long as they are given sufficient exercises to do daily. They are so active indoors and they do not need to roam around in yards. They prefer hot weather.

When they are given their daily exercises, they will not be hard to handle. They must go out on long walks every single day. Just make sure that they walk at your sides or at your backs. This will show these dogs that you are the pack leaders. Train them to enter and exit the door after you.

They will live for at least 9 – 15 years.

Females will give birth to 5 – 10 puppies

American StaffordshireTerriers can be groomed very easily. Brush their smooth coats on a consistent basis using firm bristle brushes. Give them a bath and shampoo them when necessary.Rubbing their coats wit towelettes will make their coats shiny. These dogs are medium shedders.

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