American Staffordshire Terrier
Country of Origin: United States of America
Height: Female: 43–46 cm, Male: 46–48 cm
Weight: Female: 28–40 kg, Male: 28–40 kg
Color: Black, Fawn, Brindle, Sable, Blue, Brown
Life Expectancy: 10 to 11 years
Temperament: Devoted, Loyal, Tenacious, Friendly, Courageous, Attentive
Litter Size: 5 - 10 puppies
Health Problems: Some are prone to heart murmurs, thyroid problems, skin allergies, tumors, hip dysplasia, hereditary cataracts and congenital heart disease. Also Ataxia, which is a very serious health problem in the breed. There is a genetic test for ataxia through a company called Optigen.
This dog was recognised as a separate breed from the original English dog in 1936.
The American Staffordshire is a very muscular, stocky, yet agile dog, and is extremely strong for his size. He has a broad, powerful head, short muzzle, and very strong jaws. The ears are generally cropped, though this is optional. The eyes are round and black.
The teeth should form a scissors bite. Its coat is made up of thick, short, shiny hair. All colors are admissible, but dogs must not be more than 80% white. The tail tapers to a point. The ears are erect and docked slightly. Classed by AKC as "American Staffordshire Terrier" and by UKC as American Pit Bull Terrier. The American Staffordshire Terrier, are generally of larger bone structure, head size and weight then their cousins the American Pit Bull Terrier.