American Staffordshire Terrier

American Staffordshire Terrier

The American Staffordshire Terrier (AST), American Pit Bull Terrier, or Amstaff is a dog breed developed in the United States. It is a medium-sized, square built molosser breed of dog. The American Staffordshire Terrier is often mistaken as being part of the American Pit Bull Family tree, especially by non-dog enthusiasts but the American Staffordshire Terrier was actually derived from Bulldogs and other breeds and not American Pit Bull terriers. The American Staffordshire Terrier was created to be used as catch dogs for semiwild cattle. This giant yet agile canine soon became one of America's most popular breeds for dog fighting because it has great stamina without excessive aggression; they are also good with kids and strangers which made them popular American family pets. American Staffordshire Terriers can also be great guard dogs given their protective nature. When American Staffordshire Terriers are crossed with American Pit Bull terriers, the resulting breed is called an Amstaff or American Pit Bull terrier and has similar characteristics to both breeds; however, these dogs are considered American Pit Bull terriers by kennel clubs and not American Staffordshires despite being partially derived from them.


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