Other names: Staffy, Staffie, Stafford, Staff, Amstaff dog, American Staffy
Amstaff is short for the American Staffordshire terrier, a dog of medium height with origins in England. In the first part of the 20th century it was accepted by the American Kennel Club as the American Staffordshire terrier. Not to be confused with the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. In England it was used for security, fighting and as a pet. This breed has its bases in the White terrier, Fox terrier and black terrier breeds. The biggest differences from these breeds are color and agressiveness.
They found their way to America in 1870 where they became known as Pit dog and Pit Bull terrier, then as American Bull Terrier and later Yankee Terrier. The name of the breed was revised on 01/01/1972 to American Staffordshire Terrier, to distinguish it from his England relative.
2. Food Amstaff
The nutrition is different from that of a normal dog. They need to consume foods rich in proteins to develop the muscles. Many dogs suffer from allergies and skin problems. Turkey meat is recommended.
Eggs in shell 2 to 5 times a week. Chicken or turkey necks to strenghten bones and muscles. Mixtures of carrots, celery, green beans are staple foods that help the growth and development of the dog.
Foods that contain vitamin C and E to mantain and restore the immune system. Alfalfa and fat Omega3 acids. Some dogs hate fish oil, but it is recommended due to its beneficial actions.
3. Description Amstaff
The Amstaff is an extremely powerful dog for its size. The head is large, strong, with a medium length muzzle rounded at the top. The eyes are round and dark. The jaw is very strong, the scissor bite of the dog is also very dangerous. The dog could crack the skull of a child without any problem. The coat consists of short hair, glossy and pleasant at touch. It can grow to 43-48 cm with a weight of 25-30 kg.
4. Behavior Amstaff
The Amstaff is an intelligent dog , extremely loyal and affectionate with the family, as a pet. Hebehaves well with children. obedient in most cases, this dog only wants to please his owners.
They are extremeley brave and intelligent as watchdogs. The careful breeding from the last 50 years made the Amstaff extremely friendly, trustworthy and a good dog for children. A ferocious fighter if provoked, a good watchdog, fighting enemies to death. This breed stands well the pain. The dogs that don't socialize can be aggressive. They can be taught from an young age to be friendly with people and to lessen their aggressive tendencies. This very powerful dog is not recommended for pasive people. Hierarchy must be imposed. All the dogs are instinctively competing to take the lead.
These lines are clearly defined. You and other family members need to impose so that he will know that hierarchly is lower than you.
5. Training Amstaff
It is a stubborn breed. It is recommended that the Amstaff is educated and taught the basics before being adopted. Should stay with siblings till the age of eight weeks to socialize more easily.
When adopted, the training must continue. He should know the basic commands(sit, stay etc.) If you don't have time or can't afford the training of this dog, better not get one. It is a loyal animal, brave, loving, caring with children and affectionate.
6. Characteristics Amstaff
Adapts to apartment life, but daily walks are mandatory. This dog is active and would prefer a yard , as the rest of the dogs. Due to the large package of muscles and thin skin prefers warmer climates.
Life expectancy is 9 to 15 years. The female gives birth to an average of 5-10 puppies.
7. Health Amstaff
Prone to heart and thyroid gland problems, skin allergies, cancer, hip dysplasia, cataracts (hereditary) and congenital heart disease. If you will love and properly care for this dog, he will be loyal all his life.
While walking, the dog must know that he is not leading the man, but vice versa. Otherwise he will initiate actions without your consent and might give you unpleasant surprises.