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Origins and history

The American Staffordshire Terrier is the name given to the American Pitbull Terrier by the canine association AKC (American Kennel Club) upon its recognition in 1936. The first breed standard (1936) drafted by the AKC takes Colby Primo as a standard example , an American Pitbull Terrier of the famous Colby line (breeder of American pitbull terriers, a breed already recognized by other kennel clubs at the beginning of the twentieth century). Its history has the same roots as the American Pit Bull Terrier, a breed created in England for the bull baiting (dog fight against bulls). Between the second and third decade of the nineteenth century, the English authorities outlawed these fights which therefore passed into hiding, turning into dog fighting. Dog fighting was exported at the same time as the British colonization of North America, hence the name American Pit bull terrier. In 1884 the American Kennel Club (AKC) was formed for the protection of pure dog breeds. The AKC also asked to change the name of the breed, replacing the term Pit (arena) with Staffordshire terrier. The selection of the AmStaff was directed towards the pursuit of elegance and flamboyance, making the AmStaff a show dog for its beauty.

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General appearance

Amstaff has:

  • The head is of medium length, with a broad and deep skull, well pronounced facial muscles, ears set high.
  • The ears are short and pointed or brought to “pink”.
  • The eyes are dark and round, set low on the skull and set well apart.
  • The muzzle is of medium length, round on the surface with a drop directly under the eyes. The jaws are well defined. The lips are tight and compact. The upper incisors close compactly on the outside of the lower incisors. The nose is black in color. The length is in proportion to the head. Seen in profile or front, it appears in perfect harmony, neither too long nor too short. The top line is straight.
  • The neck is powerful.
  • The shoulders are strong and muscular with broad and oblique shoulder blades.
  • The back is short. It descends slightly from the withers to the rump with a slight inclination from the rump to the base of the tail. The hips slightly rounded inwards.
  • The body has well arched ribs, well developed towards the back of the body and compact. Forelegs well spaced from each other in order to give space to the development of the thorax. The chest should be broad and deep.
  • The tail The length of the tail does not exceed the hock, located at the bottom, which tapers in the terminal part, must not be curled or rolled up.
  • The front legs are straight, with round and robust bones, the pastoral erect. The hind legs have well-defined musculature, thinned at the hock (straight), of medium size, well arched and compact. The posture is agile and elastic, never springy.
  • The coat is short, thick, hard to the touch and shiny.
  • The color can be solid, patchy or brindle.
  • Height and weight are proportionate to each other.

Source: Wikipedia