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American Staffordshire Terrier

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American Staffordshire Terrier Facts

Common Name:
Most widely used name for this species
American Staffordshire Terrier
The area where the animal first came from
North America
Average Size:
The average length (L) or height (H) of the animal
48cm (19in)
Average Weight:
The average measurement of how heavy the animal is
22kg (50lbs)
Average Lifespan:
The average time the animal lives for
12 years
The domestic group such as cat or dog
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Black, White, Tan, Brown
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
The way the animal thinks, behaves or reacts
Dominant and stubborn yet loyal
The level of house-training needed for the animal
Should be trained from a very early age using assertive techniques and should be intensively socialised with other dogs

American Staffordshire Terrier Location

Map of American Staffordshire Terrier Locations
Map of North America

American Staffordshire Terrier

The American Staffordshire Terrier dogs should be courageous, tenacious, friendly, extremely attentive, and extraordinarily devoted.

Bred to be extremely friendly towards humans, American Staffordshire Terriers are not natural guard dogs. An overly protective and/or aggressive behavior, accompanied by fearlessness, is generally a bad sign. These dogs are good with children and owners, can sometimes get along with other dogs, cats and any other animal if raised properly and introduced through puppy years.

They can be aggressive if not socialized properly. These dogs learn quickly from the subtlest of our behaviors. They are thus not only highly responsive during training, but also pick up good habits, such as house training. This can become a problem when an owner unknowingly allows the dog to pick up bad behaviors. A typical training regimen should begin at 8 to 10 weeks of age.

It has been proven that Positive Reinforcement Training works very well with this breed.

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First Published: 10th November 2008, Last Updated: 8th November 2019

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