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American Staffordshire Terrier dog breed - photos and description

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American Staffordshire Terrier

Main characteristics of the breed

Care:Need a little care
Molt:Shed moderately
Need for activity:Need a lot of physical activity
Tolerance of loneliness:Relatively independent
Type of wool:Shorthaired, Smoothhaired
Friendly to strangers:Fairly friendly
Intellect:Adaptive intelligence
Learnability:relatively easy to learn
Specialization:Companions, Watch dogs
Tendency to bark:Bark only for warning, not for long

   This purebred hunting dog breed was commonly used for general farm work, hunting, and companionship. The American Staffordshire Terrier is a gentle, loving dog that is happiest with his human family. Contrary to the perception that he is a “killer,” this dog is actually an affectionate family pet. The female American Staffordshire Terrier comes into season once per year, and they usually have five to ten puppies per litter.

    American Staffordshire Terriers are classified in the medium-sized dog category. Amstaffs are exaggerated, muscular dogs with powerful heads. Males weigh between 55 and 70 pounds and females between 40 and 55 pounds. Their life expectancy is 12 to 17 years.

   American Staffordshire Terriers are people-oriented dogs who thrive when they are part of a family. They are feisty, intelligent, courageous, loyal, and very strong. The Amstaff is an extremely active breed of dog that loves to play outside. Staffies need between 1400 and 1690 calories per day. Owners of Staffies should ensure their dogs’ diets include 22% protein to keep their joints and muscles healthy and no more than 8% fat to optimize energy levels. 

   As they age and become less active, the amount of food should be adjusted to avoid weight gain. For overall health, the diets of Amstaffs should include vegetables, fruits, meat, and fish.

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