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The History of the American Staffordshire Terrier
Staffordshire Terriers were first bred in the 19century in the English region of Staffordshire. They are a cross between the terrier and bulldog. They were called various names, such as the Bull-and-Terrier Dog, or half and half, until they assumed the name of the English Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
In the late 1800s, as the breed made its way into America, people began to call them “pit-dogs”, later adopting the name of the American Staffordshire Terrier. In 1936, the Amstaffs were recognized and accepted into the American Kennel Club (AKC) as a registered breed.
Of the three types of Pit Bull Terriers known as American Pit Bull Terriers (APBT), the American Staffordshire Terriers (Amstaff), and the Staffordshire Bull Terriers (SBT), the Amstaff became the only recognized AKC recognized breed.
American Staffordshire Terriers aka pit bull puppies
The Staffy Bull Pit is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in any of the breeds in the hybrid. Not all of these designer hybrid dogs being bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses.
“This is Hogie, an American Pit Bull / Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix. His mother was the Pit Bull and his father was the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. His parents were both brindle. Hogie was the only brown dog in the litter. All of the other puppies were brindle in color in various shades of brown and black. Some with patches of white on the chest and back of the neck.”
The American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier are now considered to be two separate dog breeds, the first recognized by the American Kennel Club in the United States and the second recognized by the United Kennel Club in England, but their respective breed standards are written as such that some individual dogs are able to be dually registered in both countries. Before differing breeding focuses separated these two dog breeds when the registrations were split, they came from essentially the same ancestry. These dogs trace their earliest ancestry to England in the 1700s to the old style English Bulldogs which were crossed with various Terrier dogs to add agility and the ability to think quickly and independently. The results of these pairings were known as bull-and-terriers, extremely well-muscled but agile dogs that were courageous and strong enough to assist with controlling bulls, to help hunters in taking down wild boar and bear, and eventually, to fight one another to the death. When these dogs were initially imported to the United States in the 1800s, they were imported mainly as fighting dogs, and breeders focused on creating a larger and heavier animal, which was registered with the United Kennel Club as an American Pit Bull Terrier in 1898, but the American Kennel Club refused to recognize the breed as they wanted to distance themselves from the history of dog fighting. In 1936, they recognized the American Staffordshire Terrier, which has stricter standards regarding size and coloration. Other than dogs that are dually registered in both countries, these two breeds have been bred separately since that time.
Hi I have a 14 week old male staffy cross pit bull, it is really wingey, doesn’t like to be left alone what so ever, it has ripped the back wooden door to shreds, does not stop howling at all, as soon as me or my partner close the door instantly scratching the door and howling, what do we need to do please and thank you ? Answer
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