The American Staffordshire Terrier, also called Staffy, is a popular breed of muscular, powerful dog that originated in United States. It belongs to the Terrier breed family which is remarkable for their distinct personality and appearance. Staffies have been bred to become companions and all-purpose dogs. Its thick single coat is stiff and glossy. It comes in any color with or with no patches; usually predominantly white and tan.
Height and Weight
The male members of the American Staffordshire Terrier breed normally stand a height of 17 to 19 in at the withers, while bitches usually have a 16 to 18 in height. Both sexes commonly weigh about 57 to 67 lbs.
Staffies, in general, are happy, amusing, and outgoing dogs. They are stable, intelligent, and confident. The breed is also identified to be good-natured, loyal, and affectionate. They are gentle and very loving toward people. Staffy dogs get along well with children and adults. They are obedient and very eager to please their owners. The breed is also courageous and very lively. They have the propensity to become highly protective toward their masters and their masters’ property. In fact, Staffies will fight to death if the enemy traps him and threatend his loved ones. The breed is extremely tolerant with pain. With proper training, and socialization, Staffies can become excellent family companions. They generally yearn for firm but gentle owners who are self-assured and consistent in terms of discipline.
American Staffordshire Terriers are generally low-maintenance in terms of coat care. Dry shampoo them when necessary. Owners may utilize a damp cloth or rubber glove to get rid of their dead hairs. Staffies are considered to be low-shedders.
Members of the Staffy breed are generally hardy. Nonetheless, like any other canine, they are also prone to a few health complications. These include skin allergies, hip dysplasia, obesity, thyroid problems, ligament disorders, eye defects, tumors, and congenital heart diseases. With proper care, diet, and exercise, the breed can live for as long as 12 to 14 years.
Access to a large, securely fenced yard is ideal for American Staffordshire Terriers. They are better suited for indoor living, though they can still thrive in sleeping outdoors. The breed can do fairly well in apartment-living as long as they get to receive sufficient exercise. Staffies are generally lazy indoors, and they usually prefer areas with warm climates. The breed needs a minimum of an hour of daily exercise. Taking them for a long walk, or letting them roam freely in a safe area are great for them. Owners may bond with their Staffy pet through vigorous exercises, jogging, or outdoor excursions.